Arsenal vs Anderlecht Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up, Key Man & Predicted Score
Arsenal are back in Champions League action tonight when we take on Anderlecht at the Emirates Stadium. Here’s a preview with team news and predicted score.
Arsenal are back in Champions League action tonight when we take on Anderlecht at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite a below-par display, we somehow manage to come away from Belgium with all three points two weeks ago with Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski hitting last minute goals to secure a 2-1 victory.
It was certainly a fortuitous result as Anderlecht had the chances to put the game to bed in the second half but thankfully we turned it around and now victory tonight – coupled with Borussia Dortmund avoiding defeat to Galatasaray – would secure qualification to the knockout stages.
Arsenal warmed up for the game with a 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday to make it three victories on the spin. We made hard work of it but got the three points thanks to three late goals and some inspired play for Alexis Sanchez.
Anderlecht were surprisingly dangerous in the first leg, although we did our best to make them look like Real Madrid, so Arsene Wenger won’t be taking anything for granted and will be demanding a professional performance.
Jack Wilshere misses the game after picking up a sickness bug and he was already a doubt with a minor knee injury.
Aaron Ramsey is pushing for a recall after starting on the bench in the last two games and I’d expect Matheiu Flamini to make-way tonight.
Laurent Koscielny is still out with an Achilles problem so Nacho Monreal should continue at centre-back with Calum Chambers on the right – unless the boss wants to give Hector Bellerin a run-out.
Theo Walcott made an impressive return off the bench on Saturday but I think it’s too early for him to start so we’ll see him among the subs again tonight.
Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, David Opsina and Mathieu Debuchy all remain on the sidelines with long-term injuries.
Alexis Sanchez: Who else could it be right now? The Chilean has practically been carrying this side for weeks and he’s likely to be the focal point of our attacking play once again this evening. He’s a legend in the making.
Arsenal 3-0 Anderlecht: We were extremely poor in Belgium and there’s no way we can be that bad again, especially at home, so I think we should ease to a relatively comfortable win tonight.
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