Date:Tuesday October 31 2006
Arsenal will be looking to exact revenge on CSKA Moscow tomorrow after the 1-0 defeat 2 weeks ago.
The Russians beat us courtesy of a wonder freekick from Daniel Carvalho. The score would have been 1-1 if Henry had kept his mystery 'third arm' under his shirt.
Right back Justin Hoyte is battling a back injury and is a major doubt. First choice right back Emmanuel Eboue is defiantly out with a knee injury along with Ljungberg (calf), Baptista (hamstring), Lauren (knee) and Diaby (ankle).
Senderos, Clichy and Flamini all return to the squad along with Brazilian midfielder Denlison.
Captain fantastic Thierry Henry will go top of the all-time European goal charts ahead of Raul providing Henry scores a hat-rick and the Spaniard fails to score.
Know your enemy
CSKA were the first Russian team to win a European trophy when they won the UEFA Cup in the 04/05 season. The Russian outfit are close to winning their third league title in a row with a 4 point lead with just 4 games to go.
They boast 7 Russian internationals in their squad along with three Brazilian internationals in attack in the form of Vagner Love, Dudu and Daniel Carvalho.
If they manage to beat us and Hamburg lose then CSKA will be guaranteed a place in the second round.
Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger: "I was very confident beforehand but I feel overall as a team we were too confident to go there and take the points,"
"We had been warned because we were told by Porto they were a difficult side to beat. But we only came into the game at 1-0 down. Before that we were there but not 100 per cent there in every fight or every one-against-one. When you play against a team that defends so deep and plays so well on the counter-attack you make the job even harder when you go 1-0 down.'
CSKA Moscow striker Daniel Carvalho: 'I think Arsenal respect us more than before and a draw would be fantastic. But another victory could mean a spot in the last 16 and now we know we can beat Arsenal, we are much more confident.'
Match preview submitted by Simmy8_2000
Date:Tuesday October 31 2006
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