Arsenal v Standard Liege
24th November, 2009
Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT
After going on a goal scoring tear to start the season, the Gunners came back to earth heading into this Arsenal vs Standard match, with a 1-0 loss at Sunderland on Saturday.
After four games played in the Champions League, Arsenal leads Group H with three wins and a draw for 10 points. They have won the last three games at home in the competition, and outscored the opposition 9-2.
Leading scorer (7) Robin van Persie is out for approximately six weeks due to an ankle injury, but Cesc Fabregas leads the club in the competition with three goals.
In the English Premier League, Arsenal sits in third place with 25 points from 12 games, with 36 goals for and 15 against.
Arsenal has other injuries, including: Denilson (back fracture), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Lukasz Fabianski (thigh), Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Gaël Clichy (back), Abou Diaby (calf), Kieran Gibbs (bruised foot), and Djourou (surgery).
Ahead of this clash with Arsenal, Standard Liege sits in third place in the group with four points on a win, draw, and two losses.
Milan Jovanovic leads the squad with two goals in the competition.
In the Belgian Jupiler League, Standard Liege is in fourth place with 25 points in 15 games on six wins, two losses and seven draws. However, they lost on Saturday 2-1 away to KAA Gent and have only won two of their last six league games.
Standard has a few injuries to contend with ahead of this Arsenal vs. Standard match, including: Steven Defour (foot), Cédric Collet (broken toe), Mohamed Sarr (hamstring), and Igor De Camargo (broken toe). Collet has returned to full training.
Arsenal edged Standard Liege 3-2 in Belgium in the exciting first leg of the fixture on Sept. 16, in which Liege blew a 2-0 lead that they had accumulated after only five minutes.
If Arsenal wins or draws this match, they will head into the next round of the Champions League. Standard Liege needs the points to vault themselves into second place over Olympiakos before the group stage is over.
Even without van Persie, Arsenal should have enough firepower to take this game. Standard Liege may score one, but it should be to no avail by the end of the night
Arsenal vs. Standard Liege Prediction: Arsenal 3 - Standard 1