Arsenal are set for a crucial game against Dinamo Zagreb with their chances of progressing from the group hanging not just on a win for them and a loss for Olympiakos, but also on a huge win, with goal difference being a vital part now in Arsenal’s chase for qualification, after the most shocking start to a Champions league campaign, losing the opening two games to the two minnows in the group.
We now take a look at the things that will play a key factor in the game for both sides on Tuesday.
The Gunners well documented injury crisis has reached its worst stage with the gunners currently not even able to field a full lineup of first team players after suffering two more injuries at the weekend bringing the total number of currently injured first team players to nine.
The gunners though having a bad Champions League form this season still have the qualities to stage a telling revenge on Dinamo, with key performers Sanchez and Ozil still on top form, the gunners should win this one, knowing that anything less than a win would automatically eliminate them from the competition.
The Croatians have it all to play for needing just as many points and goals as the gunners need to seal an unlikely qualification from the group, though they would be distracted by the 4-year ban issued on midfielder Arijan Ademi by UEFA after he failed a dope test but then they are meeting the gunners at their weakest possible moment, with injuries robbing them of most of their first team players.
Olivier Giroud; the Arsenal Striker picked a red card the last time the two teams met, which played a huge part in Arsenal losing the game. Since then he has been on a good scoring run and will look to be a key part of saving the gunners this time.
Angelo Henriquez: The Chilean has proven to be a good addition for Dinamo from the bench, and would be looking to continue that against Arsenal on Tuesday.
The Croatian champions, since Bayern ended their 45-game unbeaten run, have lost five of their last 10 in all competitions and keeping just one clean sheet in 12.
Dinamo have also failed to win any of their last 11 away Champions League matches.
Arsenal are one defeat short of 50 in the competition:
Wenger’s men have not won back-to-back home games in the tournament since 2012
Only Maccabi Tel Aviv and BATE (both 11) have conceded more than Arsenal’s 10 goals so far this term.
Dinamo Zagreb have not won any of their last 11 away games in the Champions League (D2, L9), failing to find the net in eight of those games.
No side has conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes in the CL this term than Dinamo Zagreb (3) whilst no team has scored more in that time than Arsenal (3).
Alexis Sánchez has completed 29 dribbles this season in the Champions League; a competition-high.
Welbeck, Rosicky, Coquelin (All knee) Wilshere (ankle), Arteta (Calf) Oxlade-Chamberlain (Hamstring) and Walcott(Calf) are all out of Tuesday’s game for Arsenal, while Ramsey (Hamstring) is a doubt.
Josip Pivaric (Suspension), Ademi (UEFA Ban), Domagoj Antolic and Gordon Schildenfeld (noth thigh) are ruled out of the clash.
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