Podolski, Szczesny and Wilshere out for Gunners

Arsenal are without a host of first team players for their crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg with Bayern Munich.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been rested, after Arsene Wenger revealed the pole had been “mentally affected” by the amount of games he has played, with Lukasz Fabianski set to deputise.

Jack Wilshere is also out with an ankle injury, with Bacary Sagna remaining side-lined with knee and leg problems, whilst Lukas Podolski will not face his old club after damaging his ankle.

The Gunners, who lost the first leg at the Emirates by three goals to one, may have to go on and lift the trophy to ensure qualification for next seasons competition, as they face a fight to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger’s men needed to score four goals to draw level against AC Milan at the same stage of their European campaign last season, but just fell short after winning the second leg at the Emirates 3-0.

Elsewhere, The Mirror have reported that the club have sent chief scout Steve Rowley to assess St Etienne duo Stephane Ruffier and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Goalkeeper Ruffier has one international cap for France, while Gabonese striker Aubameyang has 16 goals in 27 league appearances this season.

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