Arsenal hit by injuries

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Arsenal have suffered a double injury setback before the Champions League meeting with FC Bayern on Wednesday. Two weeks after their 2-0 victory over the German record champions, the Gunners will be without forwards Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday: both England internationals sustained pulled muscles in the 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup and are expected to be sidelined until mid-November.

Pre-Christmas run extended

Bayern's streak of ten consecutive league victories came to an end in Frankfurt, but another success story continues: the goalless draw away to Eintracht on Friday was the Reds' 53rd consecutive match without defeat in the first half of a Bundesliga campaign. The 44 wins and nine draws in that time is a new league record. The last FCB defeat in fixtures before the winter break dates back to 28 October 2012, a 2-1 reverse against Leverkusen. Pep Guardiola, Bayern head coach since 2013, has never lost a Bundesliga match in the first half of the season, winning 39 times and drawing six with his side.

Milestones for Lahm and Boateng

The match against Eintracht marked a milestone for two FCB pros. Skipper Philipp Lahm made his 450th appearance for Bayern, meaning he is now in the club's all-time top ten. Centre-back Jérôme Boateng played his 200th Bundesliga match at Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena.


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