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

Arsenal welcome Schalke to the Emirates tonight for their Champions League Group B match. Here’s team news, likely line-ups and predicted score for the game

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Arsenal welcome German outfit Schalke to the Emirates tonight for their Champions League Group B encounter.

Arsenal will be hoping to make it three wins from three after victories over Montpellier and Olympiakos and another win tonight would put us on the verge of qualification to the knockout stages.

Arsene Wenger will be looking for a response from his players after Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Norwich. We put in one of our worst performances of recent seasons and another display like that tonight will surely end with another defeat.

The good news is that we boast an impressive record at home in the Champions League against foreign opposition, with no team outside the Premier League beating us in 45 attempts.

Steve Bould will continue in the dug-out as Arsene Wenger completes his (ridiculous) three-match touchline ban.

Team News

Wenger confirmed that tonight’s game will come too soon for Jack Wilshere, who completed 90 minutes for the under-21’s on Monday. The 20-year-old will have to wait till the weekend before making his first team comeback.

We have a growing injury list with Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Tomas Rosicky all missing.

Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Frimpong are also short of fitness and won’t be considered. However, defender Laurent Koscielny is expected to start after recovering from a back problem.

Julian Draxler is available for the visitors after recovering from a broken arm sustained against Montpellier last month. However, defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos has been left at home after failing to overcome a bout of chicken pox in time to make the trip to London.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Despite Saturday’s poor performance, Arsene Wenger has little option but to stick with almost the same eleven, such are our injury problems at present. Laurent Koscielny is the only possible change.

It’s almost unthinkable Arsenal could put in another abject display like they did against Norwich and I still feel we’ve got enough to beat Schalke. But we’ll have to be solid at the back as the Germans have an impressive attacking quartet.

I’m going with a narrow Gunners victory. Arsenal 2-1 Schalke. COYG!

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

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  1. kessy

    October 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    i think is a good line up and arsenal will deliver a better performance tonight. I’ll go with 3-1 in favour of arsenal. Up gunners!!!

  2. MAJ

    October 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm


  3. Kunle

    October 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    My selection-4 diamond formation(4-2-3-1) mannone-jenks,mert,verm,santos(defence),arteta,coq/kosn/djoroud(amf,dmf),gerv,podoski,cazorla(winger,attacker,amf),giroud(attacker).d reason 4 changin players position is dat,lets look at cazorla,he plays similarly like silva in man city bt mancini will never play him behind aguero bcos he is nt an attacker,even in spain national team,he is played on d right wing dat is wat i expect wenger to do,play cazorla more on d right wing to give him free role to create more chances.wenger to change arteta position back to amf,so dat he can give us more scoring chances d way he did last season.wenger deploying him to d defensive midfielder role is limiting his ability a box to box player.cazorla is nt so good in d box.wenger should play coq more than ramsey becos ramsey is total rubbish and limits our chance moving forward.coq will be a better choice than ramsey.we need a player dat can tackle or mark d opponent and move forward.ramsey has skills bt no brains becos he can nt move d attack,even give accurate pass to his teammates.


    October 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    gunners for life. we gonna win,and win all d way…….

  5. legendary

    October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Its useless playing gervinho on d right. He’s brilliant on the left and expresses himself a lot better there. Swap gerv and poldi and u’ll see dem both flourish

  6. bryan

    October 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm


  7. olubayo

    October 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Dats good, even thou is not good enogh, do we have another 1st eleven.

  8. Vaseke

    October 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Mannone, tv5,kos,jenks,santos,arteta,carzola,coq,poldi,gnabry and gervinho.

  9. Elisha songo

    October 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Arsenal to grap their three points tonights

  10. Tonye Patrick

    October 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Obviously,it’s going 2 be a very difficult match I must confess.But,we will certainly win.Two nil in favour of the gunners.

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