Sep 30

Match Preview: Arsenal v FC Porto (Champions League)

Arsene Wenger said he felt “physically sick” after Sunday’s shock defeat by Hull City but the Arsenal manager will be hoping to get his European campaign back on track with a win against Portuguese Champions FC Porto this evening.

The Gunners’ only previous home defeat to a newly promoted side was against West Ham in February 2006: in their next European game they recorded a famous 1-0 win at Real Madird to set them on the road to the quarter-finals and eventually the final in Paris.

France midfielder Samir Nasri returns to the squad for tonights clash with Porto.

Nasri has been out with a knee injury since late August but is available to face the Portuguese side.

Alex Song (hip) joins Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby, Amaury Bischoff and Eduardo in the treatment room.

Arsene Wenger has said he will make changes following the shock defeat by Hull, with Mikael Silvestre among those hoping for starts.

Predicted Starting XI

Almunia
Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Silvestre
Eboue – Fabregas – Denilson – Nasri
Adebayor – Bendtner

Match Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 FC Porto

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12 Responses to “Match Preview: Arsenal v FC Porto (Champions League)”

  1. Noooo says:

    Cant see AW starting Silvestre on such an important match – more likely he would come on as sub.

    Have a feeling you are right about Eboue though – but would prefer to see theo

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  2. Neil says:

    eboue deserves to start imo just not wide left,

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  3. yeah i think this will be the starting line up:
    almunia
    sagna toure gallas clichy
    eboue fabregas denilson nasri
    adebayor vela. i dony know why but i think vela will start, my OPinon.

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  4. gregory says:

    arsene derserves a better effort from his team ,

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  5. Marko says:

    Only change from the Hull game is Eboue out and Nasri in.

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  6. The Brain says:

    Lucho on the bench!!!

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  7. The Brain says:

    Arsenal:Almunia,
    Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
    Walcott – Fabregas – Denilson – Nasri
    Adebayor – Van Persie

    Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre, Djourou, Bendtner, Eboue

    FC Porto: Line Up (4-5-1)

    Helton
    Sapunaru, Bruno Alves, Rolando, Benitez
    Fernando – Meireles – Guarin – Costa- Rodriguez
    Lisandro Lopez

    Subs: Pedro Emmanuel, Candeias, Lucho, Hulk, Lino, Nuno, Stepanov

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  8. The Brain says:

    nasri may play centre, RVP on left

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  9. james says:

    very worried about that midfield line up is it strong enough ?

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  10. james says:

    Nasri is key

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  11. T.U.G.Z says:

    Player Ratings?

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