Jack Wilshere is set to return to Arsenal’s starting line-up for this evening’s Champions League last sixteen first leg against holders Bayern Munich.
Mikel Arteta is suspended, and will miss out along with injured quartet Thomas Vermaelen, Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey.
The Bundesliga side have been beaten just twice in all competitions since they lost to the Gunners in the second leg of the last sixteen last season, though the Gunners’ 2-0 victory was not enough to overturn the 3-1 result Bayern recorded when the pair faced off at the Emirates in the first leg, exactly one year ago.
Arsene Wenger’s side have in fact been eliminated at this stage of the competition at this stage of the competition in each of the past three seasons, and could hardly face a tougher challenge to progress this campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s men go into the game on the back of nine straight wins in all competitions, while the only team to beat the in the last thirty-four games is Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Serge Gnabry has opted to play for Germany at international, ESPN understands.
The 18 year old has represented Germany at every youth level up to the U19’s, but was also eligible to play for the native country of his father – the Ivory Coast.