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Arsenal star 'rested' for crucial Champions League match

Szczesny will be rested for the Bayern Munich trip (©Getty Images)
Szczesny will be rested for the Bayern Munich trip (©Getty Images).

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made four changes to his squad for Wednesday evening's Champions League match against Bayern Munich - with Wojciech Szczesny set to be 'rested'.

According to Arsenal.com, the Poland international and current Arsenal number one will not feature against the German giants in the second-leg encounter. Lukasz Fabianski has travelled instead.

Abou Diaby, Andrey Arshavin and Kieran Gibbs have all been included in Arsenal's 18-man squad for the Champions League last-16 second-leg fixture at the Allianz Arena.

Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski will miss the match, both have been ruled out with ankle problems, while the Arsenal official website insists that Szczesny has been 'rested' and not dropped for the trip.

The Polish keeper has been in and out of form this season, although he's not been helped by a porous defence.

The Gunners head into the tie 3-1 down from the first-leg at the Emirates Stadium, and they face an uphill battle to qualify for the quarter-finals at the home of the Bundesliga leaders.

Bayern Munich have won their last eight league matches, and sit 20 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal, in contrast, have suffered a disappointing campaign. Defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane earlier this month was a huge setback in the race for a top four spot.

But they've had a 10-day break since that 2-1 loss, and Arsene Wenger will want a response from his players.

Last season, Arsenal were hammered 4-0 in the first-leg of the Champions League last-16 by AC Milan, before winning the second-leg 3-0. And Wenger will want a similar performance in the second leg this term.

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