Arsenal are out to avenge a 2-0 home defeat handed to them by Schalke two weeks ago. This was their first loss at Emirates Stadium since 2009 and the first time a foreign club bettered them since a September 2003 Inter 3-0 victory at Highbury.
Schalke rode that victory to a Champions League Group B lead with Arsenal one point behind.
Arsenal need a win, but it won't come easy against a Bundesliga club that would like to protect their lead.
Where: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
When: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2:45 p.m. EST
Jermaine Jones spoke a bit of smack prior to the first matchup. His side lived up to the words in their 2-0 win, though (h/t John Cross, Mirror):
The Premier League was harder and quicker, but I think German football has come on a lot and improved – and it’s now a better league.
I’ve played in the Premier League and no disrespect, but I don’t think the teams at the bottom are as strong as in Germany.
Technically and tactically, German football is better.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is a key scorer for Schalke and put his side up 1-0 in the initial match. He'll need to apply pressure in the rematch.
Arsenal: Santi Cazorla
Arsenal are struggling with several injury issues. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey won't play in the rematch as he has a groin strain. Theo Walcott could also be out of the match with an illness, but he will travel with the team in case he's feeling healthy enough to play.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs could also be out.
The missing players raise concerns with Arsenal's attack, which makes Cazorla that much more important. He will have to carry his side to this win, with a heavy assist going to his gunners.
Prediction: Schalke 2, Arsenal 1
Arsenal weren't good enough to stop Schalke at home, and they're not any more healthy than that last clash. They will play with heart, but that won't be enough when they jump over to face off against a quality German side.
Schalke is currently second in Bundesliga play and will maintain their lead in Group B of the Champions League.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team.
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