Arsène Wenger insists Arsenal are up for the ‘massive challenge’ in Munich

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal were a little late getting to Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena on the eve of their last 16 first-leg tie. Perhaps with this in mind Arsène Wenger was particularly brusque with the suggestion that his team’s ability to break a six-season run of instant elimination from the Champions League knockout stages might be a decisive factor in his own continued tenure as Arsenal coach.

Bayern Munich give Swansea permission to speak with Paul Clement

Derby County manager Paul Clement.

Paul Clement has been given permission by Bayern Munich to speak with Swansea City about the Premier League club’s managerial vacancy. As a result, the 44-year-old will not travel with the Bundesliga club to Doha for a warm-weather training camp which starts on Tuesday and lasts until 11 January.