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Champions League | Quarter-Finals | 1st Leg
Apr 9, 2024 at 8pm UK
Emirates Stadium
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Arsenal
2 - 2
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Saka (12'), Trossard (76')
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FT(HT: 1-2)
Gnabry (18'), Kane (32' pen.)
Davies (9'), Kane (55')

How Bayern Munich could line up against Arsenal

How Bayern Munich could line up against Arsenal
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Bayern Munich could line up for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg with Arsenal.

Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel has been boosted by the return of five players ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg with Arsenal at the Emirates.

An agonising 3-2 loss to Heidenheim at the weekend means that Bayer Leverkusen are only one win away from ending Bayern's reign of dominance in the Bundesliga, and Tuchel was without a total of 10 infirm men for that crushing defeat.

Noussair Mazraoui and Aleksandar Pavlovic were both laid low by illness, while Manuel Neuer (groin), Leroy Sane (groin) and Kingsley Coman (thigh) were also absent, but all five have trained and are in the squad for the trip to London.

Gabriel Marusic (ACL), Tarek Buchmann (hamstring), Bouna Sarr (ACL), Sacha Boey (hip) and Noel Aseko (ankle) are all longer-term absentees for the Bavarians, although none of them would have been expected to start this one.

Neuer's return should see the 38-year-old displace Sven Ulreich in between the posts, while Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies - still a key player for Tuchel despite his contract saga - occupy the full-back positions.

Dayot Upamecano missed the second leg of his side's last-16 triumph over Lazio but is now primed to partner Kim Min-jae in the heart of defence, although Arsenal-linked Matthijs de Ligt and ex-Tottenham Hotspur man Eric Dier are alternative options.

Should Kimmich continue on the right, as he has done consistently in recent weeks, Konrad Laimer should join Leon Goretzka in midfield, while the effervescent Jamal Musiala operates just ahead of the duo.

Fresh from hitting an incredible 700 appearances for Bayern Munich, Thomas Muller will likely drop out for the returning Sane, while ex-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry should return to the Emirates on the opposite flank over Coman.

Harry Kane's opener against Heidenheim was his 38th goal from just 37 games in a Bayern shirt, and the England captain can be sure to expect a hostile welcome at the Emirates, where he will bid to build on a record of 14 goals in 19 previous matches against the Gunners.

Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Kimmich, Upamecano, Kim, Davies; Goretzka, Laimer; Sane, Musiala, Gnabry; Kane

> Click here to see how Arsenal could line up for the first leg

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