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On Tuesdays we get put on ITV4, on Wednesdays we’re not even allowed on the sports channels.

The tension, pain and elation of the weekend now subsides as we turn our attentions back to the Champions League. A point in this game sees us qualify for the knockout phases of the Champions League. We’re currently one of only two clubs, along with our fellow finalists from two years ago, to have not conceded a goal so far in the competition. But we’ve scored more than twice as many as the Catalans. After the 7-0 beat down at Ashburton Grove the players will feel confident of getting a result in this game, but I doubt it’ll be quite as easy in the Czech Republic. Still, the gauntlet has been set by Liverpool, 9-0 required to reclaim the Champions League record win.

Team News

Still just the two long term injuries. Promising news is that van Persie should only miss two more matches, Wenger has said that he hopes he will reach full fitness during the international break that follows the Reading game, meaning he may be back for the match at Wigan. Wenger also gave the same timeline for Senderos’ recovery. The notable absentees for tomorrow are Cesc, Kolo, Rosicky and Hleb. Rosicky may have a slight muscle strain, the others are probably just being rested. It’s not entirely straight forward to guess the starting lineup from the squad that’s been announced. It could be Song or Hoyte alongside Gallas at the back, two of Denilson, Gilberto, Flamini and Diarra in midfield, either Eboue or Theo on the right, or two of Adebayor, Theo, Bendtner and Eduardo up top. Should be interesting.

Subs: Lehmann, Hoyte, Traore, Flamini, Eboue, Diarra, Bendtner.