GUNNERS PREVIEW: Omens look good for Champions League progress
PUBLISHED: 20:49 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 07 September 2010
ARSENAL V DYNAMO KYIV Tuesday 25 November Champions League Emirates Stadium KO: 7.45pm ITV4 If Arsenal win on Tuesday night, they will qualify for the Last 16 of the Champions League. The omens look good; the Ukrainians have yet to win in England in eig
Tuesday 25 November
If Arsenal win on Tuesday night, they will qualify for the Last 16 of the Champions League.
The omens look good; the Ukrainians have yet to win in England in eight attempts and Arsène Wenger's men lead Group G with eight points, two clear of FC Porto and three above Dynamo. Arsenal, also, are 21 unbeaten at home in European competition.
However, Dynamo still have a chance of qualifying themselves and, away from home, they have been outstanding.
They have yet to concede a goal outside Ukraine, drawing 0-0 at Fenerbahce and then securing an unlikely 1-0 win at FC Porto in their last outing.
But the injury problems are piling up for coach Yuri Semin.
Impressive defender Olexandr Romanchuk broke his leg in a Ukrainian Cup tie last Wednesday night at Stal Alchevsk and will be out for six months.
Influential Serbia midfielder Miloš Ninkoviæ is also out until the New Year with a broken foot.
Goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy has a strained thigh muscle and remains a doubt.
The Gunners were fortunate to scrape a 1-1 draw in Kiev on Matchday One courtesy of an 88th minute leveller from skipper William Gallas.
The Ukrainians' captain, Andriy Nesmachniy, remains hopeful they can progress - starting with a positive result in north London before completing their group fixtures at home to Fenerbahce.
Nesmachniy said: "There are still two games to go so everything is still in our own hands.