Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Bayern Munich: Tomiyasu starts

  • Arsenal head into the second leg all square with Bayern Munich
  • Mikel Arteta has a fully fit squad at his disposal
  • Martin Odegaard trained on Monday
Takehiro Tomiyasu hasn't started a game since returning from the Asia Cup
Takehiro Tomiyasu hasn't started a game since returning from the Asia Cup / Sportsphoto/Allstar/GettyImages

A swift turnaround is required as Arsenal travel to Munich for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern on Wednesday night.

The Gunners played out a 2-2 draw on home soil against Thomas Tuchel's side last Tuesday, and they head into the return leg having tasted defeat in the Premier League for the first time in 2024 on Sunday.

The manner of Arsenal's performance during their 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa will concern many, but there's still plenty to play for and Mikel Arteta will benefit from having a fully fit squad at his disposal in midweek.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Bayern Munich

Martin Odegaard
Martin Odegaard is fit to play against Bayern Munich / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Here's how Arsenal could line up in Munich on Wednesday night.

Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - Having conceded just three goals in 12 outings before the first leg, Raya has conceded four in his previous two. Arsenal need a big performance from their goalkeeper at the Allianz.

Ben White (RB) - White will likely have to deal with the interchanging tandem of Jamal Musiala and Thomas Muller as well as the marauding threat of Raphael Guerreiro should he start.

William Saliba (CB) - Saliba hasn't been at his best during the knockouts thus far, so a majestic performance would be timely here.

Gabriel (CB) - It's fair to say that Harry Kane got the better of Arsenal's centre-backs in north London, with Gabriel reluctant to follow Kane into deeper zones,. The pair will once again see plenty of each other in the second leg.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) - Arteta has got to turn to Tomiyasu, right? He may not have played much since returning from the Asia Cup, but Jakub Kiwior was torn apart by Leroy Sane last week and Oleksandr Zinchenko was poor again at the weekend.


Jorginho (CM) - Expect Mikel to turn to Jorginho on the big occasion again on Wednesday. His presence was missed somewhat without the ball against Villa.

Declan Rice (CM) - Perhaps suffering from fatigue, Rice has been fairly subdued in recent outings. Can the Englishman find another gear during crunch time?

Martin Odegaard (CM) - He may have been forced off on Sunday, but there was never any doubt over his status for this one. Odegaard trained on Monday and is a certainty to start in Munich.


Bukayo Saka (RW) - Saka drew a few fouls out of Alphonso Davies early on in the second leg which saw the left-back pick up a booking. He'll miss the second leg as a result, so Saka will have a different opponent on Wednesday. Guerreiro or Noussair Mazraoui will face up against Arsenal's starboy.

Kai Havertz (ST) - Havertz is back on home soil and is a sure bet to return to the frontline having been utilised, to some effect, in a deeper position on Sunday.

Gabriel Martinelli (LW) - Martinelli has a huge role to play in this one given Arsenal's likely ploy of containing and countering. He's the outlet the Gunners lacked at the Etihad.