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Sanogo gets surprise start atop Arsenal for Champions League match versus Bayern Munich

Yaya Sanogo, Martin Skrtel

Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo, right, competes with Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel during their English FA Cup fifth round soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)


The lineups are set as Arsenal gets set to host Bayern Munich later this hour.

The Gunners will start barely 21-year-old Yaya Sanogo atop their attack, which is otherwise loaded with familiar names. He’s appeared just thrice this year, one in the Premier League, once in Europe and once in a Cup match.

Sanogo came to Arsenal in the summer after scoring 10 goals in 13 appearances for Ligue 2’s Auxerre, the alma mater for Bacary Sagna, Philippe Mexes and Eric Cantona.

#Arsenal team to play Bayern: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Ozil, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanogo

— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 19, 2014

The Gunners will have Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud on the bench should added punch be needed, with names like Monreal, Jenkinson, Rosicky and Gnabry also in play.Over on the Bayern side, it’s a loaded lineup as usual, though Bastien Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller are a bit surprising on the bench, joined by van Buyten, Rafinha, Pizarro and Contento.

Line up FCB / Aufstellung: Neuer - Dante, Thiago, Martínez, Mandzukić, Robben, Boateng, Götze, Lahm (K), Alaba, Kroos | ^M.Hörwick #AFCFCB

— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) February 19, 2014

So who’s taking this leg?

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