Arsenal face one of the most important games of the season against Italian club Udinese in the all-important second leg of the Champions League qualifier, having beaten the Italian side by a goal to nil in the first leg at the Emirates. Though it was a balanced battle between the two sides, the Gunners managed to scrape through with a one-goal advantage and will look to add to it in the return leg.
Both sides have lost key players who were very important for their clubs and are yet to spend big money in the market as well. The presence of the new Barcelona recruits Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez turning out for their former sides would have certainly added a lot of quality to the game but with the duo moving to Barcelona, it means that both clubs would have to battle through to reach the Champions League.
Arsenal will welcome back Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri, who were banned for the last game though it is not yet sure whether or not Nasri will take part in the competition which would make him cup-tied. However, Jack Wilshere is unlikely to be a part of the travelling squad while doubts still remains over the fitness of several players like Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou.
However, despite the injuries, the Gunners do have the quality to win the tie against Udinese and progress to the group stages. Udinese will also be confident of their chances considering they have one of the best strikers in the world and Arsenal's defense is not particularly strong, which could be exploited by the Italian side. The tie could go either way and it should make a fascinating contest between two attacking teams.
This article in on 10 bold predictions concerning Arsenal's game against Udinese in Italy.