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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

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 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.


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