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Arsenal possible XI vs Bayern as Takehiro Tomiyasu starts, Jesus decision made…



Mikel Arteta emphasized that the form of Bayern Munich leading up to their Champions League match against Arsenal is not a significant factor. Despite Bayern’s recent two losses, Arteta anticipates a challenging game.


“We always anticipate the best from any opponent,” he stated during his pre-match press conference. “Whether it’s Bayern, Brighton from last week, or Villa next week, we must always be prepared for them to perform at their highest level and surpass expectations.”


However, what holds more relevance is Arsenal’s involvement in a three-way title race in the Premier League. With both short-term and long-term goals in mind, Arteta faces a difficult task in balancing his team for Tuesday’s match. Here is a breakdown of how he may choose to set up his starting XI.


Goalkeeper – David Raya

David Raya’s presence in Arsenal’s goal is a testament to the twists of fate. Had things unfolded differently in the summer, he could have been guarding the opposing team’s net. Nevertheless, Arsenal can take solace in the fact that he will be protecting their goal on Tuesday night.


Right back – Ben White

Ben White, the right back, will face a challenging task as he goes up against Bayern’s left-wing player. However, given his impressive current form, he will approach the match with confidence and believe in his ability to make a positive impact.


Centre back – William Saliba

William Saliba, the center back, was absent during this stage of the previous season. He will be determined to rectify that by delivering another outstanding performance against a formidable opponent.


Centre back – Gabriel

Gabriel, the Brazilian center back, showcased his unwavering mentality by celebrating his crucial block that maintained a 3-0 victory over Brighton. His mindset could prove pivotal in helping Arsenal secure a victory in this match.


Left back – Takehiro Tomiyasu

This position in the starting XI is quite unpredictable. Takehiro Tomiyasu’s exceptional one-on-one defending skills might give him the edge over Oleksandr Zinchenko. Jakub Kiwior might feel unlucky if Tomiyasu gets the nod.


Defensive midfield – Jorginho

Playing multiple games in a week might be challenging for Jorginho, but if he’s in good shape, he will likely be in the starting lineup. His experience and calmness in crucial matches will be crucial.


Central midfield – Declan Rice

Rice has excelled in a more attacking role in important matches this season. It’s probable that he will continue in that position when Arsenal takes on Bayern.


Central midfield – Martin Odegaard

After an outstanding performance against Brighton and providing a crucial pass in the Champions League, Odegaard will aim to maintain his influence in the upcoming game.


Right wing – Bukayo Saka

Saka, who had some rest in the last match against Brighton, should be ready to start. With impressive goal contributions in the Champions League, he will look to continue his fine form.


Centre forward – Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz has been excelling in the centre forward position, prompting Mikel Arteta to acknowledge his impressive performance and hinting that he will likely continue in that role against Bayern.


Left wing – Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus, despite not being his preferred position, has been performing admirably on the left wing for Arsenal. His experience in big games will be crucial for Arsenal’s success.