By Niall Clarke
- Arsenal host Bayern Munich
- Chelsea travel to Dynamo Kiev
- Arsenal need a win or they are all but out of the competition
It is do or die for Arsenal as they entertain Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in a crucial group stage match at the Emirates.
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The Gunners have lost their opening two games to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos and need a win on Tuesday or they could fail to reach the last 16 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
Arsene Wenger’s side are in fine form in the Premier League and currently sit second in the table, but their form in Europe has left a lot to be desired.
A 2-1 defeat in Zagreb was followed up by a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Olympiacos, and that is before they have to meet to might of Bayern Munich.
The Bavarians have looked dominant thus far, winning every competitive game they have participated in since losing the German Super Cup to Wolfsburg on penalties.
That was largely been down to the form of Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker has struck 22 goals this season for club and country and is considered the most in form player in world football.
But it would be foolish to think the threats stop with Lewandowski. Brazilian winger Douglas Costa has been a revelation since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer, and Thomas Muller is never short of a goal or two.
The Germans have won in their past two visits to the Emirates, but Arsenal have proven they know how to get the better of the Bundesliga champions in the past. Their last meeting ended with a 2-0 victory for the Gunners in Munich.
Wenger claims his side must attack as a draw will not be good enough.
“The confidence level is there, we know exactly what is required. A 0-0 is not even a good result,” The Frenchman said in his pre match press conference. (Source: BBC SPORT)
“To score goals, we have to attack.”
Petr Cech looks like to start in goal as David Ospina has been ruled out with injury. The Gunners have centre-back Gabriel available again following illness. Striker Olivier Giroud returns from a European suspension after his red card in Zagreb.
Blues look to get back on track against Dynamo Kiev
Chelsea on the other-hand face one of the most difficult trips to Eastern Europe to face Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev.
The Blues have picked up one win and one defeat in their first two matches, with their last trip resulting in a 2-1 loss at Porto.
Domestically things are not rosy either. Jose Mourinho’s men have made a disastrous start to their Premier League title defence and currently lie 11th in the table. Chelsea have only won three of nine matches in the League, including a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.
Diego Costa was amongst the goals in his return to the side after serving a suspension due to his altercation with Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and looks set to start ahead of Falcao on Tuesday.
Mourinho claims that the Colombian striker must improve his performances to earn a place above Costa in the starting 11.
“I always go for the performance level. The best one plays,” said Mourinho in the pre match press conference. (Source: BBC SPORT)
“He has to give us more than Diego because we normally play with one striker.”
Dynamo will be a tough proposition, especially at home. The Ukrainian champions have four points from their first two group games after following up a 2-2 home draw against Porto with a 2-0 win away to Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
Striker Loice Remy and winger Pedro did not travel due to minor injuries, paving the way for Eden Hazard to return to the squad after being dropped over the weekend.
Arsenal and Chelsea will kick off their games at 19:45 BST Tuesday night.
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