Arsenal morning news: 'Two finals' says Robben; Napoli linked with Vermaelen again

Arjen Robben

All the news and gossip from The Emirates Stadium this morning.

Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League this evening - a year to the day since they lost 3-1 in the same fixture.

One Bayern player who is remaining cautious but optimistic ahead of the tie is former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben:

"We have to keep our feet on the ground. We are not even in the quarter-final but the round before – and we have two very tough games, two finals, against Arsenal. It will be a very big game and we will be up for it. We realise that Arsenal have got better since last season so it will be a very nice match for the neutral. It's two top-quality teams on the pitch, and football these days can be determined by very small details so we have to be prepared."

Team news ahead of the game and no real change from yesterday. Tomas Rosicky returns for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta is suspended while Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri are out injured for Bayern.

Napoli are believed to still be in the hunt for Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian has struggled for first-team football this season and despite insisting he wants to stay is continuously being linked with a move away from the club.

Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is out of contract in the summer and is now expected to leave the club at the end of the season - as his contract talks stall.

Sagna has been in great form this campaign and is therefore being pursued by a number of different clubs across the continent - including those in Turkey and France.

However a Premier League rival is now also being linked with an approach for the player at the end of the season.

Liverpool are said to be considering a move for the player according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. Inter Milan are also said to be one of the favourites for his signature - and it appears these teams are now the favourites to sign him on a free transfer.

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