Monday 26 September 2016

Campbell likely to face Bayern from the bench

Jeremy Wilson

Published 03/11/2015 | 02:30

Arsenal's Joel Campbell is likely to be rested against Bayern Munich
Arsenal's Joel Campbell is likely to be rested against Bayern Munich

Joel Campbell is likely to be rested from Arsenal's starting team against Bayern Munich in the Champions League tomorrow despite scoring on his Premier League debut against Swansea on Saturday.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is conscious both of the specific attacking threat posed by Bayern Munich with Arjen Robben back in the squad as well as the risk of playing Campbell for a third time in eight days.

Arsenal have been practising in various formations, including with full-back Kieran Gibbs as a left-sided midfielder in front of Nacho Monreal.

That could mean adding defensive cover on Robben's flank while shifting Alexis Sanchez to the right where Campbell started against Swansea. Another option that could bring extra security in a match Arsenal might at least have to draw to stay in the Champions League is starting Mathieu Flamini in central midfield and moving Santi Cazorla out wide.

Rested

Robben has started the past two Bundesliga games after being injured for the 2-0 defeat at the Emirates last month while Thomas Muller and Thiago Alcantara were rested from the starting team who drew 0-0 on Friday with Eintracht Frankfurt to end a sequence of 10 straight league wins.

Should Campbell be rested, he would still almost certainly start Arsenal's north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday. Wenger was encouraged by his contribution against Swansea, and Campbell yesterday said he had been waiting "years" for that moment.

"I made a good match - I fight with everything," he said. "It was something I dreamed of. It helps me and gives me confidence. I have never stopped believing in my abilities and that's what keeps me going. I know what I have fought to be here, to play here. Only my family and I know."

Tonight, Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez could return for Real Madrid when they face Paris Saint-Germain having only played twice this season because of a thigh injury.

PSG, unbeaten in 16 matches this season, are without centre-back David Luiz, who has a knee injury.

R Madrid v PSG, live, TV3, 7.45

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