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17 Feb 2013 13:55:16

Arsenal v Bayern Munich

Champions League second round, first leg Venue: Emirates Stadium Date: Tuesday, 19 February Kick-off: 19:45 GMT Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live and ITV Continue reading the main story Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (0) Match Stats Possession 50 50 Shots 0 0 On target 0 0 Corners 0 0 Fouls 0 0 Spain midfielder Javi Martinez is available for Bayern Munich's Champions League clash with Arsenal after he recovered from a heavily bruised toe. The £34m summer signing missed Friday's 2-0 win at Wolfsburg with the knock. Elsewhere, Bayern are still missing striker Claudio Pizarro (illness), plus defenders Jerome Boateng (suspended) and Holger Badstuber (knee). Arsenal v Bayern Munich 2000-01 European Cup second group stage - drew 2-2 at Highbury, lost 1-0 away 2005: Champions League round of 16 - lost 3-1 in Munich, won 1-0 at home to go out 3-2 on aggregate Source: Opta stats For Arsenal, Thomas Vermaelen could play at left-back as Nacho Monreal is cup-tied and Kieran Gibbs is injured. The return of Martinez will be a boost for Bayern as they look to gain a positive result away at the Emirates Stadium. The former Athletic Bilbao man has formed a solid defensive midfield partnership with Bastian Schweinsteiger. "As things stand at the moment, it looks really good. He is available again," said head coach Jupp Heynckes - who won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 1998. "We have to see how the injury reacts, but I think it'll be OK." Despite the disappointment of Arsenal's 1-0 FA Cup defeat by Championship outfit Blackburn on Saturday, Vermaelen (ankle), fellow defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) and midfielder Jack Wilshere (thigh) all proved their fitness for the mid-week European match. Talking about that shock result, Heynckes warned his players that they should still be wary of opposition that "pose a great danger" to them. "Despite the result, Arsenal have found their rhythm again in the last few weeks, they are very good going forwards and are an excellent team," the 67-year-old said. "They have wonderful players in their ranks and I'm wary of underestimating them. "They have found their way again and they can pose a great danger to us."


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