Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Champions League video preview

Video: Simon Rice and Jack de Menezes look ahead to Arsenal's match in Belgium against Anderlecht

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The Independent previews Arsenal's Champions League tie against Anderlecht, with game in Belgium coinciding with Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday.


However, the Arsenal boss will not be overjoyed with his side's form going into the crucial clash, with just two wins in the last eight and after a draw at home to Hull at the weekend thanks to a late Danny Welbeck goal.

Welbeck scored a hat-trick against Galatasaray last time out and the Gunners will be hoping their summer signing continues his promising Champions League form. Arsenal will see Emiliano Martinez in goal as Wojciech Szczęsny is suspended and David Ospina is out injured. Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are also expected to start.

Their opponents, Anderlecht, have just one point from their opening two games. These two teams have only met twice, back in 1970 in the Fairs Cup with the Gunners prevailing 4-3 on aggregate.

Arsenal will be looking for wins home and away against Anderlecht to guarantee progress from the group.