Bayern Munich in shambles ahead of clash with Arsenal

Bayern Munich are in shambles ahead of their Champions League clash against Arsenal. What can be done to come away from the Emirates Stadium with something positive to build on for the second leg at Allianz Arena?
1. FC Heidenheim 1846 v FC Bayern München - Bundesliga
1. FC Heidenheim 1846 v FC Bayern München - Bundesliga / Stefan Matzke - sampics/GettyImages
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Bayern’s defence was absolutely pathetic in the second half-half against Heidenheim. There can’t be a repeat on Tuesday. At the very least Matthijs de ligt has to come in for Dayot Upamecano. Upamecano’s superior speed to that of the Dutch defender hasn’t been enough to compensate for his other shortcomings. Similar to how Leroy Sané has been in a slump in attack, Upamecano’s form in defence has been trending in the wrong direction.

On a positive note…Manuel Neuer and Kingsley Coman stand a good chance of being fit for the clash against Arsenal. The duo should be in the starting XI. It’s a shame that Aleksandar Pavlovic may not be available due to flu-like symptoms. However, Leroy Sané and Noussair Mazraoui are also likely to be fit for Tuesday’s clash and could be options off the bench. Serge Gnabry should retain his place in the starting XI. He was Bayern’s best player against Heidenheim.

To have the attack firing on all cylinders, Harry Kane needs to relocate his shooting boots. The England captain missed a sitter against Borussia Dortmund a week ago, and against Heidenheim he somehow managed to pick out the goalkeeper instead of the back of the net from close range on two occasions. Should Kane lace up the right pair of boots in London, he will be striking fear in the hearts of the Gunners' defence. He has what it takes to breach any defence provided he gets the right service. On Tuesday, Kane has to continue to be scourge of Arsenal.

In midfield, Leon Goretzka and Konrad Laimer would have to play with tempered aggression whilst keeping it safe, both in and out of possession, without neglecting good opportunities to supplement the attack. They must not let the defence be exposed. Musiala must play with confidence and freedom.

Based on the season to date, a Bayern Munich collapse at the Emirates Stadium wouldn’t be a surprise. However, in reality if the Bavarian side’s players can be at their collective best on Tuesday, then a positive result is not out of the realms of possibility.