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Mikel Arteta expects electric atmosphere for Arsenal against Bayern Munich

Mikel Arteta is expecting an electrifying atmosphere on Tuesday night as Arsenal hosts Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is eagerly awaiting a packed Emirates Stadium for Tuesday night’s highly anticipated Champions League encounter against Bayern Munich. 

With an 8 pm kick-off, Arteta is banking on the presence of thousands of passionate Arsenal fans to make a difference in the crucial first leg.

Reflecting on the significance of the occasion during his pre-match press conference, Arteta emphasised the rarity of such moments, stating, “A lot of passion, emotion and we haven’t had this opportunity for 15 years, so that tells you how special this night is going to be for us so we’re going to have to put everything into every ball to make it happen.”

Currently leading the Premier League and in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Arsenal finds itself in a commendable position as the season enters its final stretch. Arteta expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance and highlighted the importance of maintaining focus and momentum.

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“We’re really enjoying the moment, this is where we want to be,” Arteta remarked. “We have a big task ahead of us against one of the most successful teams in Europe and that’s the hurdle we have to overcome, and we are looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s travelling contingent for the match will be significantly limited due to a disciplinary decision by UEFA. Following misconduct by Bayern supporters, including the use of pyrotechnics during a previous Champions League away match, UEFA ruled that Bayern must play without their fans at the Emirates Stadium.

Jan-Christian Dreesen, CEO of FC Bayern, expressed disappointment over the decision and emphasised its impact on both the team and well-behaved fans. “This is a very harsh decision,” Dreesen stated. “The team will be missing an important source of support, and the fans who always behave correctly will be hit particularly hard.”

Despite the setback, FC Bayern will receive a limited number of tickets for its delegation for the match, as per contractual obligations.

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