Arsenal pre-match latest: Including goalkeeper dilemma and Wenger says win 'not impossible'

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News and gossip ahead of the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich this Wednesday the 13th March.

Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out victory for his side in Munich ahead of the Champions League second round tie with FC Bayern. Arsenal travel to the Allianz Arena 3-1 down on aggregate and while the Frenchman understood that the task remained difficult he refused to say beating the side is impossible.

He cited Arsenal’s previous heroics away from home at seemingly unwinnable locations as a positive ahead of the game that is being widely tipped as an exit point for Arsenal’s silverware hopes this season.

Wenger also has some selection decisions ahead of the game as Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny and Bacary Sagna have all not travelled to Germany while Lukas Podolski will not visit his former stomping ground after picking up an ankle injury. The goalkeeper position is likely to go to Vito Mannone however Lukasz Fabianski has been in tremendous form for the under-21s and may consider his chances of an unlikely inclusion to be higher than ever.

Carl Jenkinson is likely to play at right-back while Tomas Rosicky or Abou Diaby is tipped to replace Wilshere in the middle. Other selection dilemmas will see Wenger potentially trusting the return to fitness of Kieran Gibbs at left-back.

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Thomas Vermaelen has urged some of those fringe players to fight for their place in the team. The likes of Francis Coquelin, Andrei Arshavin the reserve goalkeepers and Jenkinson may all play a part in the game in Munich and he feels each and every player owes it to Arsene Wenger to give it their all in the tie.

Bayern Munich have some selection dilemmas to consider themselves. Bastian Schweinsteiger, their midfield general, is suspended while Jerome Boateng will also miss the game for similar reasons. Franck Ribery has picked up an ankle problem while Arjen Robben is battling to be fighting fit for the tie. Holger Badstuber remains a long term absentee.

In news away from Munich now and Arsenal scouts have reportedly been keeping tabs on Italian under-21 goalkeeper Mattia Perin. His agent has claimed that Arsenal scouts have attended some of his games in recent weeks to run the rule over a man dubbed the ‘next Buffon’.

And finally a former Arsenal player has been slated on Twitter after his performance against Barcelona last night. AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini left The Emirates in 2008. The Frenchman had just 23 touches of the ball compared to Barcelona midfielder Xavi’s 136.

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