Arsenal predicted lineup vs Bayern Munich: Out for revenge

  • Arsenal host Tuesday night's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich
  • Mikel Arteta's squad is healthy with Jurrien Timber only likely absence
  • Big decisions down the left-hand side
Mikel Arteta's squad is healthy ahead of Bayern Munich's visit
Mikel Arteta's squad is healthy ahead of Bayern Munich's visit / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

A fixture that was once met with nagging dread now provides Arsenal with the opportunity to produce a significant statement to the rest of Europe.

The Gunners, stellar domestically since the start of 2022/23, are aiming to make headway on the continental stage having progressed into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.

Mikel Arteta's side are purring, and they've got a chance to put one of Europe's aristocrats to the sword over two legs. Bayern Munich are far from their apex, and they're finally set to relinquish their Bundesliga crown.

Fear instead of optimism is prevailing in Bavaria with Tuchel's side first travelling to north London. Here's the Arsenal team I expect them to face on Tuesday night.

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Bayern Munich

Kai Havertz
Arsenal romped to another victory at the weekend / Steve Bardens/GettyImages

Here's how the Gunners could line up at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - Raya's penalty shootout heroics helped Arsenal into the quarter-finals, and despite Bayern's woes, you'll expect him to be pretty busy over these two legs.

Ben White (RB) - White has arguably been the club's most consistent performer in 2024, with the defender impressing again at the weekend.

William Saliba (CB) - Built for occasions like this, Saliba will be keen to impress against one of Europe's big boys for the sake of his Euro 2024 hopes.

Gabriel (CB) - Familiar with Harry Kane's work, Gabriel will duel the former Tottenham hitman fiercely on Tuesday night. He'll undoubtedly be aggressive and follow Kane when he drops into a deeper position.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) - I expect Arteta to opt for caution and security, and he'll pick the best one-v-one defender currently available to him at left-back. Jakub Kiwior and Oleksandr Zinchenko both miss out.


Jorginho (CM) - Bayern are excellent at accessing their playmakers in both half-spaces, so Jorginho's positioning will be put to the test. A fine performance on Saturday saw the Italian play his way into Tuesday's team.

Declan Rice (CM) - If Arteta is to be more cautious on Tuesday, Rice will likely sit closer to Jorginho in a bid to prevent Bayern from accessing their creators. There will be less onus on the Englishman to break forward.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - The skipper has produced a little bit of fighting talk in the build-up to Tuesday's game, with Odegaard's confidence depicting the feeling inside the Gunners' camp.


Bukayo Saka (RW) - Arteta must be smart with Saka given just how hectic April is, but he's a certainty to start this huge clash.

Kai Havertz (ST) - Brilliant at the weekend, Havertz has enjoyed a wonderful resurgence as Arsenal's #9. He'll be up against a few friends and familiar faces in Tuesday's first leg.

Gabriel Martinelli (LW) - Perhaps Arteta has been easing Martinelli back in with view of starting him against Bayern. Martinelli hasn't started a game since 4 March.