Arsenal are in flying form at the minute and will be expected to continue that when they meet Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Gunners are unbeaten since an opening day defeat caused the usual hysterical reaction from supporters. Boos rang out around the Emirates after Liverpool won 4-3. It seemed to wake the side up. They’re focused now.
Arsene Wenger’s side are on a six game winning streak in all competitions. They’ve won eight of their last ten games. The other two results? Creditable draws at Leicester and PSG respectively. Now they can win seven on the bounce when they play the Bulgarian champions. We fully expect them to that. Not that we mean to be disparaging towards Ludogorets.
They started their campaign with a draw away to Basel, never an easy place to go, before giving PSG a scare in an eventual 3-1 defeat. Since then, they’ve been wiping the floor with domestic opposition. The only hope they can have in London is that Wenger will rotate his team and that they can identify a weak link to take advantage of. It’s unlikely though.
The Gunners have strength in depth with Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud expected to be in the squad as they recover from injuries. With Granit Xhaka suspended for the next Premier League game against Middlesbrough, Wenger could take this opportunity to put Mohamed Elneny or Francis Coquelin in the middle to make sure they’re in tune with the rest of the side.
Predicted Arsenal team: Cech, Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin, Cazorla, Coquelin, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez, Walcott.
Predicted Ludogorets team: V. Stoyanov, Moți, Minev, Palomino, Dyakov, Andrianantenaina, Wanderson, Pimienta, Marcelinho, Jonathan Cafu, V. Misidjan.