By Bulldog Drummond
Our last game in the Europa was disappointing to say the least leaving the table looking like this
Standard Liege and Eintracht Frankfurt each have to play Vitoria Guimaraes once and that should give them nine points. If both of the also beat Arsenal, they will both qualify and Arsenal will be out. A win for Arsenal in either game will give Arsenal a place in the knock outs. A win and a draw makes us the top club.
And although it would hardly be satisfactory a win should be enough for us to win the group as Standard Liege will have at least 12 goals to make up through these two games thus with them needing to beat both ourselves at Vitoria Guimaraes 6-0.
Here are Eintracht’s recent games…
|Date||Comp.||Home team||Score||Away team|
|30/10/2019||Cup||St. Pauli||1 – 2||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|02/11/2019||League||Eintracht Frankfurt||5 – 1||Bayern Munich|
|07/11/2019||Europa||Standard Liège||2 – 1||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|10/11/2019||League||Freiburg||1 – 0||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|23/11/2019||League||Eintracht Frankfurt||0 – 2||Wolfsburg|
Of course the stand out result is Eintracht Frankfurt 5 Bayern Munich 1 – a result partially explained by the fact that Jerome Boateng was sent-off after nine minutes for bringing down Paciencia following a swift Frankfurt counter attack.
Despite this event Bayern still had 61% possession, and following Lewandowski’s goal to bring it back to 2-1 it looked like they might get a draw.
But Bayern tired and only Manuel Neuer kept the score down to six.
Now we might have thought that Frankfurt could have built on this but as the table above shows it has been downhill all the way. This leaves them stuck in mid-stream with three defeats and two wins in the last five.
* Who is the most unpopular man on the Borussia Mönchengladbach terraces? Why the man who shouts, “Give us a B…” of course.
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Anyway recent results mean the Europa has become a lot more important for both the remaining clubs we play.
Curiously we have only ever played Frankfurt once, and that was this season in this competition. We’ve never ever played them before that.
Moving on, in terms of injury we have four concerns. Here is what physioroom makes of it all…
|Dani Ceballos||Aiming to return to full training mid-December.||21/12/2019||None||Ruled Out|
|Sead Kolasinac||Returned from international duty with tight left hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Saturday’s match.||28/11/2019||None||50%|
|Rob Holding||Knee Injury||28/11/2019||Currently Being Assessed||50%|
|Bukayo Saka||Knee Injury||No Return Date||Currently Being Assessed||Ruled Out|
This is the team that we put out last time in the Europa…
|Mattéo Guendouzi for Dani Ceballos||54 minutes|
|Alexandre Lacazette for Bukayo Saka||65 minutes|
|Lucas Torreira for Joe Willock||78 minutes|
We shall, of course, see, as indeed we shall see just how efficient the Arsenal ticket sales ban has been.
Mr Emery said of Xhaka, “He’s in the group and has the possibility to play… I hope every supporter supports the team. Xhaka’s comeback is going to be important to us.”
Shkodran Mustafi also spoke in the press conference saying, We play for the club. If you play for Arsenal, you play for a big club and you have to know you have to give everything to win. We play for each other because we are a team; the boys in the dressing room and the coaching staff are all in the same boat. If the coach is under pressure, the players are too.”