Arsenal will travel to St. Jakob-Park to take on FC Basel inb their final Champions League group game before the knockouts. While the gunners are already through to the next round, they will hope to finish the stage as group winners, a hope that rests on the outcome of PSG’s result against Ludogorets.
Basel, the Swiss side on the other hand with two draws and three losses are already out of contention in the Champions League.
Finishing as group winners would be a huge advantage for the Gunners since it will allow them to avoid big guns, considering they have been knocked out at the last-16 stage for the last six seasons.
“The advantage of finishing first is you play the second leg at home, and possibly 30 minutes of extra time at home. We’ll see – PSG are favourites to beat Ludogorets at home and win the group, but we can assess that scoreline at half-time and see where we go,” Arsenal manager, Wenger was quoted as saying to the Express.
His counterpart and Basel manager Urs Fischer was quoted as saying to ITV news that, “We do not go into the game with the goal of a draw. That would be too dangerous. I think we need to score goals, especially against a team like Arsenal. Arsenal have that quality that even when you think you are quite good, they still score a goal. Alexis Sanchez didn’t have to score three goals for us to know he is an excellent player. I did see the 5-1 match – West Ham dominated that match. What I could see is that Arsenal have really dynamic movement and good forward runs.”
As for injury concerns, Basel have minor ones with Manuel Akanjiis and the wide midfield trio Kevin Bua, Jean-Paul Boetius, and Dereck Kutesa all sidelined for the hosts.
Arsenal continue to be haunted by injury with several first-team players out, in the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and ChubaAkpom.
MATCH TIME AND LIVE STREAMING:
Date: 7th December, Wednesday
Time: 1.15 AM IST
Venue: St. Jakob-Park
Live Stream: www.tensports.com
PROBABLE STARTING XI
Basel: Vaclík; Lang, Suchý, Balanta, Traoré; Xhaka, Zuffi; Bjarnason, Delgado, Steffen; Šporar.
Arsenal: Ospina; Gabriel, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny; Walcott, Özil, Iwobi; Giroud.