Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he's targeting a win in their Champions League clash with Ludogorets on Tuesday night in order to give his side the best possible chance of topping their qualifying group - despite confirming four first team players will miss the game. When I came on against Sunderland I tried to raise the team.
First, the north London side face hard fixtures against Tottenham and Manchester United in the Premier League, along with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
They will secure passage to the Champions League knockouts on Tuesday if they beat Ludogorets in Bulgaria and Paris Saint-Germain avoid defeat against Basel, while they reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup thanks to a 2-0 win over Reading.
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (front) heads the ball to score his side's third goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. We came through with a win and we're in good shape, we're at home [on Sunday] so hopefully we can come away with a win there as well.
While Sunderland equalised at 1-1 through a Jermaine Defoe spot-kick, the Gunners showed why they would end the game at the top of the table.
Aaron Ramsey is pushing for a start after making his long-awaited comeback off the bench at the weekend but I don't think Wenger will throw him in from the start just yet after over two months out. We got the goals before half time and that helped our half time team talk.
"Obviously I'd prefer to be on the pitch, but I came back late from the Euros. We are in good shape going into the next game". But we can as well play 4-4-2 with two through the middle as well, because Mesut [Ozil] can play in behind or on the flank. And obviously I'm delighted to be back. I'm not questioning myself too much. "The most important thing is not to live in the past", Wenger said. Let us know by dropping a comment below via our Facebook comment box.
As one of the most successful Bulgarian clubs Ludogorets once again confirms its championship ambitions, bursting into the lead after 11 rounds of regular national championship.