Champions League: Arsenal v Schalke 04 match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture at the Emirates

Arsenal welcome German outfit Schalke 04 to the Emirates tonight with the Gunners looking to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Champions League so far.

A win for the home side would virtually guarantee their progress to the next round, with a certain five point cushion over their nearest rivals if they emerge victorious. If they're to do it, it'll be without Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who are both injured.

While the Gunners were losing to Norwich at the weekend, Schalke were beating German champions Borussia Dortmund. Arsene Wenger has been talking up his opponents this week, saying: "They are a team with few superstars, but they have good players in every position."

The most recognisable player for the visitors will be Klass Jan Huntelaar, who notched 27 goals in 28 appearances last season and has been linked with a transfer to just about every club in Europe.

 

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

 

PAST MEETINGS…

Schalke 3 (Mulder, Vermant, Moller) Arsenal 1 (Wiltord), Champions League, October 2001

Arsenal 3 (Henry 2, Ljungberg) Schalke 2 (Hoogdalem, Mpenza), Champions League, September 2001

 

STATS…

Schalke are yet to lose away from home this season, although they have not won in England in five attempts.

Arsenal have not lost at home to foreign opponents in the Champions League in 43 matches.

 

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