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UEFA Champions League

  • November 7, 2012
  • • 03:45
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 54142

Schalke - Arsenal Preview: Gunners look for crucial Champions League victory

Schalke - Arsenal Preview: Gunners look for crucial Champions League victory

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The north London club sit in second place in Group B with six points from their three games but with Olympiakos breathing down their neck as they head to Germany



Howedes, Papadopoulos, Fuchs, Matip
Jones, Holtby, Barnetta
Farfan, Huntelaar, Afellay


Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Santos
Arteta, Coquelin, Cazorla
Walcott, Giroud, Podolski

Schalke have no new injury or suspension worries, so can expect to name a full-strength side for this game.

The highly-rated Lewis Holtby should continue in the midfield for the hosts, with support coming from Jermaine Jones and Tranquillo Barnetta.

Up front, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar should lead the line, supported by Jefferson Farfan and Barcelona loanee Ibrahim Afellay.

Meanwhile, the Gunners will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey (groin) after he was substituted in their defeat to Manchester United.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a doubt (hip), but may recover in time to make the bench and is expected to be fully fit for their next Premier League match at home to Fulham.

Kieran Gibbs is also nearing full fitness, but this game will come slightly too soon for the left-back as he recovers from a thigh injury.

  • Schalke sit second in the Bundesliga but are seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich after losses to Jupp Heynckes' side and Hoffenheim this season.
  • The Royal Blues won the Uefa Intertoto Cup in two consecutive seasons, one of only three teams to do so, in both 2003 and 2004.
  • Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand holds the Bundesliga record for not conceding a goal, going 884 consecutive minutes without being beaten during the 2003-04 season.
  • These teams have faced each other in the group stage already, with Schalke taking a 2-0 victory at the Emirates thanks to goals from Huntelaar and Afellay.
  • Arsenal's 7-0 win over Slavia Prague in October 2010 is the joint second-highest margin of victory in the history of the Champions League.
  • Two Gunners managers have died while in the job – Herbert Chapman and Tom Whittaker.
  • Marouane Chamakh's (pictured) goals against Reading in the Capital One Cup were his first for Arsenal since scoring against Blackburn in September 2011.


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36Lars UnnerstallGoalkeeper
4Benedikt HöwedesDefender
22Atsuto UchidaDefender
23Christian FuchsDefender
32Joel MatipDefender
10Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
19Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
13Jermaine JonesMidfielder
17Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
33Roman NeustädterMidfielder
25Klaas-Jan HuntelaarStriker
30Timo HildebrandGoalkeeper
14Kyriakos PapadopoulosDefender
6Sead KolasinacDefender
12Marco HögerMidfielder
8Christoph MoritzMidfielder
10Julian DraxlerMidfielder
27Tranquillo BarnettaMidfielder
-Ciprian MaricaStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
12Olivier GiroudStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
55James SheaGoalkeeper
27Andre SantosDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
22Francis CoquelinMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker

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