Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes confirms Luiz Gustavo will start against Arsenal
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has confirmed that Luiz Gustavo will start the second-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Arsenal on Wednesday.
German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was shown a yellow card at the Emirates a fortnight ago, resulting in a one-game suspension.
Therefore, Heynckes has drafted in the Brazilian winger as Schweinsteiger’s replacement.
"Of course, Luiz Gustavo will play on Wednesday providing that he stays fit," Heynckes told TZ. "He is working great and is in top shape physically."
Bayern are in firm control of the European tie after their convincing 3-1 win over the Gunners during the first leg.
Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller gave the Bundesliga leaders control with two early goals, and even though Lukas Podolski pulled a goal back for Arsenal in the second half, Mario Mandzukic's third has left Arsene Wenger’s side requiring something special in Germany.
Gustavo was recently called up by Seleção coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, alongside teammate Dante, for Brazil's friendlies with Italy and Russia this month.