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5 players you won’t believe played for Arsenal against Bayern Munich

The Gunners take on the Bundesliga club yet again this week, so we took a look back at some of the stranger players to play in past fixtures

It’s Arsenal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League again this week.

Or as it’s otherwise known; Groundhog Day.

The two European giants will meet in the last 16 of the competition for the third time in four years, while they also crossed swords in the group stages last season too.

Needless to say, despite a few courageous performances in vain, Arsenal usually see their faint European hopes ended by the German juggernaut.

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But some of the players Arsene Wenger has fielded against Bayern down the years will make you feel slightly uneasy.

Here are five of the best (worst)…

1 Pascal Cygan (Bayern 3-1 Arsenal, February 2005)

Pascal Cygan

Pascal Cygan

Just the thought of the lumbering Frenchman is enough to send shivers down Arsenal fans’ spines.

He was never more than a backup during his short career at the Emirates, mainly thanks to the presence of Kolo Toure and Sol Campbell.

And Cygan was given a schooling by a much weaker Bayern side back then as Claudio Pizarro scored twice in a 3-1 win at the Olympiastadion.

Cygan was last seen playing for Spanish minnows Cartagena before retiring in 2011.

2 Carl Jenkinson (Bayern 0-2 Arsenal, March 2013)



The first edition of Arsenal’s-valiant-attempt-at-salvaging-something-in-Germany-after-blowing-it-in-the-home-leg.

After losing 3-1 at the Emirates Arsene Wenger made a number of curious inclusions at the Allianz in their bid to stay in the competition.

Jenkinson was one of them who, in truth, performed pretty admirably – but the damage had already been done.

He’s now a constant source of frustration for the Gunners who meet his rare appearances in the first team with derision.

3 Gervinho (Bayern 0-2 Arsenal, March 2013)



Yes, Jenkinson was far from the strangest inclusion that night in Bavaria.

Gervinho and his never ending forehead built a bit of a cult status at the Emirates – but mostly for the wrong reasons.

He was quick and agile but the Ivory Coast winger made Jesus Navas’ end product look deadly.

He became one of the first players to join the Chinese revolution by joining Hebei China Fortune in early 2016.

4 Lukasz Fabianski (Bayern 0-2 Arsenal, March 2013)



It’s often forgotten just how much of a mess Arsenal’s goalkeeping situation was before Petr Cech arrived from Chelsea in 2015.

The likes of Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny and Vito Mannone all tried and failed to make the number one spot their own prior to Cech’s arrival.

‘Flappy-handski’, in fairness, played brilliantly at the Allianz Arena in 2013 on his first start for the club in 13 months.

Now with Swansea where he’s shown glimpses of both brilliant shot-stopping and illogical decision making.

5 Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal 0-2 Bayern, February 2014)



To the second edition of Arsenal’s-valiant-attempt-at-salvaging-something-in-Germany-after-blowing-it-in-the-home-leg, and the most bonkers inclusion of the lot.

In an age before the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, Sanogo was actually preferred to both Olivier Giroud and Lukasz Podolski in the last 16 first leg.

He’s still never scored a Premier League goal for the Gunners and incredibly Arsene Wenger named him as the reason behind not trying to sign a striker in January.

Sanogo has also been named in Arsenal’s Champions League squad for the knockout rounds, so he could feasibly end up facing the Germans again.

Just imagine the reaction on Arsenal Fan TV…