Arsenal's Champions League campaign couldn't have started any worse, with Arsène Wenger's men having suffered defeats to both Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb in their opening two games. Bayern Munich will look to make it a whitewash when they travel to London to face the Gunners on Tuesday, with Pep Guardiola's side predictably sat top of the group with two wins from as many games.
If the Gunners want to revive their ailing knockout stage bid, they can't afford another defeat here. However, their Bavarian visitors head into the match as strong favorites, with Guardiola's men looking as strong now as they ever have before. Spearheaded by the on-form Robert Lewandowski, they've won every single one of their competitive games so far this season, and are already seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table. Good luck Arsenal -- you'll need it.
Key player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
By his own exceptional standards, Robert Lewandowski's failure to score in Bayern's win over Werder Bremen on the weekend marks a catastrophic slump in form. It was, after all, the first time he'd failed to score in a match in over a month, and came on the back of a remarkable run of 19 goals in 10 games. He'll be looking to get back to his goalscoring ways at the Emirates.
Key matchup: Alexis Sánchez vs. Rafinha
Guardiola's tendency to play natural full back Philipp Lahm in midfield means that Bayern's Achilles' heel is actually the area that should be one of their strongest. Their starter at right back, Rafinha, certainly isn't a bad player, but neither is he up to the world-class standard of most of his teammates -- nor of his direct opponent on Tuesday night, Alexis Sánchez. The Chilean represents Arsenal's best hope of getting something from this game, and he should cause problems down the Gunners' left side.
Arsenal injuries and suspensions
Out: Jack Wilshere (leg); Danny Welbeck (knee). In doubt: None.
Bayern Munich injuries and suspensions
Out: Arjen Robben (adductor); Mario Götze (groin); Medhi Benatia, Holger Badstuber (thigh); Franck Ribéry (ankle). In doubt: None.
Arsenal will be without midfielder Wilshere and forward Welbeck, who both face a few months on the sidelines yet.
However, their injury problems are nothing on Bayern's, with Guardiola still without several important first teamers, including defender Benatia and attackers Robben and Götze.
Match Date/Time: Tues., Oct. 20, 2:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England
TV: FOX Sports 2 (US - English), FOX Deportes (US - Spanish) RDS, TSN1 (Canada), BT Sport Europe (UK)
Online: FOX Sports Go, FOX Soccer 2Go (US), BT Sport Live Streaming (UK), TSN (Canada)