Schalke v Arsenal Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on November 6, 2012

Arsenal travel to Germany to face Schalke on Tuesday night. Here is a preview from Football-Talk’s latest contributor Joe Nelson.

Santi Cazorla Arsenal

Despite a narrow 3-2 shock loss at Hoffenheim at the weekend, Arsenal travel to Schalke and will face a side at the peak of their powers.

The German outfit will welcome back the highly rated young Greek defender Papadopoulos after he missed out on the fixture at the Emirates. However, if Arsenal turn up as they did a fortnight ago, the young defender may not be required to do too much defending as Arsenal were sloppy and lethargic going forward that night.

It hasn’t got a lot better for the Gunners since then. On Saturday it was painful to watch on and see the gulf in class between Manchester United and Arsenal.  A 2-1 home victory really flattered the visitors as United carved them open on numerous occasions making their ‘impressive’ defensive record look rather meaningless.

The main disappointment for Arsenal though, was the lack of energy and drive going forward. A sublime Cazorla goal was the only real noteworthy move Arsenal had going forward, and that was in injury time and long overdue. Jack Wilshere was sent off for collecting two yellow cards, however he can still play in this tie against Schalke. The young Englishman seems to be one of only a few rays of light on this fading Arsenal side and they will need a big performance from him tonight.

Team News

There’s no denying Arsenal have had bad luck with injuries and still have numerous cases going into this match. Szczesny is still short of fitness, along with the dynamic Kieran Gibbs, who had been enjoying his best spell in an Arsenal shirt before being sidelined once again. Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky are still 2-3 weeks away according to Wenger, although 2-3 weeks seems to have been the cry for the last 2-3 weeks.

Another midfielder set to miss out is Aaron Ramsey after picking up a groin strain against United. To complete the injury list, forwards Gervinho and Chamberlain are yet to shrug off knocks, although Chamberlain is expected back for the home Premier League game against Fulham, along with Gibbs.

Theo Walcott is also a doubt after going down with an illness on Sunday night but he’s travelled with the squad and should start.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

It’s hard to see Arsenal getting anything from this match, but after an impressive showing last year away to German giants Dortmund, which saw the hosts only salvage a draw from Arsenal in the dying moments, maybe this performance can be replicated to put Arsenal back in the drivers seat in Group B.

However, I can see a hard fought Arsenal performance to give the fans a little more encouragement, but the German side may have too much going forward, especially with the liability of Santos at the back. Schalke 2-1 Arsenal.

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section.

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7 Comments

  1. GunnerPete

    November 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

    My team would be alot different to yours and Arsenes….but my team would win!!!

    Mannone (no choice)

    Jenks Per Kossy Sagna
    Vermy

    Theo Carzola Wilshire

    Posolski
    Giroud

    This team would also have beaten Norwich & Chelski and drawn with Manure.

    It is onlt crap defending that has already ruined our season an the past 7 years. AW will never win again unless he walks away from NOt coaching our defence.

  2. fataisaheedolamilakan

    November 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Arsenal is going to beat schako4 2.0

  3. kolade sharaye

    November 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

    i disagree with santos starting…i think sagna can play 3, carl 2 and kolcs on standby….i also think arsenal can beat them, like 1 or 2 nil

  4. musa gani

    November 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

    i also support that,i think AW has grown very old and his rate of economist has increased and if he continuous like that he never taste again the trophy.

  5. JoeN94

    November 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Can i please state, this is not MY chosen lineup, but the lineup i think Wenger will field.

  6. Abiy

    November 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Starting XI
    Sagna, Mertesaker, Koscielny, Vermaelen
    Wilshere, Arteta
    Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski
    Giroud

  7. Nhial cham

    November 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    i also disagree with santos starting

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