Arsenal starts their Champions league mission on Wednesday (16 September 2009) at Belgian champion Standard Liege in Group H. Gunners would go into the game on the back of two back-to-back defeats, but they retain a bit of their confidence as UEFA overturned the two-match diving suspension imposed on Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva.
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Date: 16 September 2009
Time: 19:45 BST; 18:45 GMT
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Arsenal suffered two morale-denting defeats in premier league recently. First they lost to English champion Manchester United 2-1, and then suffered a crushing 4-2 defeat at the hands of another Manchester-based club
Despite the two defeats, Arsenal can still remain optimistic about their trip to
"I'm very pleased that we have finally arrived at the truth. All we needed to do was to prove what happened and we have managed to do that. This decision makes me feel a lot better," Eduardo said.
"I just want to say that I'm a fair player. To score goals you must take your opportunities and I'm not the type of player who needs to be dishonest to score goals.
"Now I just want to forget about this and think about our match against Standard Liege on Wednesday.
However, there is still something for Standard to be worried about and that is injury problem. Standard would miss their captain Steven Defour who has been sidelined for 6 weeks after injuring his right foot during recent win against Mechelen. No doubt, it is a huge blow for them ahead of the Arsenal encounter. Moreover, there are some other injury woes
USA Today reported:
Standard enters the game with Defour's injury made worse by worries that fellow midfielder Wilfried Dalmat and striker Igor de Camargo might not make kickoff. And Alex Witsel,
Arsenal does not have any new injury problem, but they would miss the service of Andrei Arshavin in
Andrei Arshavin missed the match through injury and will be unavailable against Standard Liege. Theo Walcott is still out, as well.
Tomas Rosicky’s return to action is a big positive for Arsenal and to have him on the scoresheet will only boost his confidence.
Another boost came for Arsenal on Monday with the news that Eduardo will feature for the Gunners, after UEFA overturned their initial two-match ban for diving against the Croatian striker.
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Arsenal would definitely start the game as a favorite, but Standard Liege will be looking to cause an upset exploiting their home advantage. Still, Arsenal should not have many problems to outclass the home side, unless they fail to deliver at their best. On the other hand, Standard would not mind even if they can come out with a point from the game. Standard might start the game in aggressive mode in order to put some pressure on the visitors, while Arsenal may not rush for attack initially. Rather, they would like to control the midfield from the beginning and it would not be easy for the Gunners in the absence of Arshavin. Anyway, I hope to see some exciting football from both sides.