Match Preview: FC Twente v Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)

It’s worrying times already for Arsenal fans and the season hasn’t even kicked off yet! Tomorrow afternoon the Gunners’ kick off their Champions League campaign with a big-money qualifying game against Dutch side FC Twente. Arsene Wenger’s side are missing the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Abou Diaby, Kolo Toure and Samir Nasri with long-term injured Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo also out.

Steve McClaren must fancy his chances against Wenger’s men especially as Arsenal’s squad seems to be getting thinner and thinner by the week. The Gunners are not the only ones suffering problems of their own – Blaise Kufo – their top goal scorer from last season is suspended for the first leg, luckily for the Tukkers he’ll be back for the return game at Emirates.

FC Twente Team News

Former England boss McClaren will look to keep a compact defence while upfront McClaren has to decide whether to go for the lanky Marko Arnautovi, or the quick forward that is Romano Denneboom.

Theo Janssen is certainly one to look out for, the 27-year-old signed from Vitesse in the summer and could prove a serious danger to Arsenal’s weakened defence if the Gunners fail to stem Twente’s attacking threat.

Predicted Starting XI


Wikshire – Douglas – Wielaert – Braafheid

Tiote – Janssen – Brama – Elia

Denneboom – Huysegems

Arsenal Team News

Arsenal are missing five major names and the long-term sidelined Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo as we said above.

It leaves Wenger relying on youngsters like Aaron Ramsey and Denilson to inspire his squad to a crucial victory in Holland.

Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Mark Randall make up an inexperienced bench while the trusted partnership of Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie is expected to continue upfront.

Predicted Starting XI


Sagna – Djourou – Gallas – Clichy

Eboue – Denilson – Ramsey – Walcott

Adebayor – Van Persie

Match Prediction: FC Twente 1-2 Arsenal

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