So the Champions League finally kicks off again after a two and a half month break. The players only a day to recuperate after, er, doing very little on Saturday and will now be in Eindhoven preparing to face PSV in the Phillips Stadium. Wenger has talked about the importance of scoring an away goal, and he has a point.
We’ve faced PSV Eindhoven four times in the Champions League, drawing them in the first group stage in 2002 and 2004. We’ve won twice and drawn twice, scoring six goals, including the fastest goal in Champions League history scored by Gilberto in 2002.
We’re yet to lose in 2007, winning 8 games and drawing 4. PSV sit top of the Eredivisie by 5 points, they’ve won three, drawn one and lost two of their last six games.
Eboue and Hoyte are both injured and aren’t in the squad.
Walcott and Diaby are rested ahead of the Carling Cup final on Sunday.
Van Persie is out for another two and a half months.
Jefferson Farfan is unlikely to start, other than that they are at full strength.
Almunia, Djourou, Flamini, Denilson, Ljungberg, Baptista, Aliadiere.