“If we go forward in the Champions League we can be very dangerous for everybody,” said Arsène Wenger, hoping victory against Dinamo could launch a Group F comeback.

Possible lineups

Arsenal: Čech; Bellerín, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Cazorla; Sánchez, Özil, Gibbs; Giroud.

Out: Coquelin (knee), Arteta (calf), Wilshire (calf), Walcott (calf), Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Rosický (knee), Welbeck (knee)

Doubtful: Ramsey (match fitness)

Dinamo Zagreb: Eduardo; Pinto, Sigali, Taravel, Musa; Machado, Antolić, Rog; Soudani, Fernandes; Pjaca.

Out: Pivarić (suspended), Schildenfeld (thigh)

Doubtful: none

Arsenal are regulars in the last 16

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager

We have not been inconsistent. It’s just that in the last two games we have dropped points. Before that we won five games on the trot. You can go through a spell like that in the season – it’s always how you respond that makes your season.

The players like to play at the top [level] and it’s important. When everybody is back, I believe we have the squad to compete in those domains. If we go forward in the Champions League we can be very dangerous for everybody.

Zoran Mamić, Dinamo coach
I think Arsenal are too good and experienced a team to feel any pressure. They still have a chance of going through to the next stage. They will do everything to win.

Our plan is to go fully on the counterattack, including the keeper! Look, we will try our best. Arsenal have great control of the play so we just have to be compact and solid in defence and try not to lose too possession cheaply. Moreover, we should try to make them nervous.

Weekend results

West Brom 1-2 Arsenal (Morrison 35, Arteta og 40; Giroud 28)
Arsenal lost for the first time in seven Premier League games. Things looked promising when Olivier Giroud headed in Mesut Özil’s free-kick for his ninth goal in his last 11 outings for club and country. The Gunners might have earned a point had Santi Cazorla not sent a late spot kick over the crossbar.

Slaven Koprivnica 1-2 Dinamo Zagreb (Delić 40; Taravel 44, Henríquez 55)
Dinamo are now only two points adrift of Prva Liga leaders Rijeka, having kicked off on Friday four behind the pacesetters.

Highlights: Dinamo defeat Arsenal
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Arsenal: LDLWLW
Dinamo Zagreb: WWLLWL

Source: Julian Beattie/


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