Dinamo Zagreb vs. Arsenal: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream, TV InfoANDREJ ISAKOVIC/Getty ImagesArsenal kick-off their Champions League campaign with a trip to face Dinamo Zagreb. They’re a team Arsene Wenger knows well. He scouted them regularly when he was interested in signing Croatian international Eduardo da Silva. As he told Arsenal. com:Zagreb had two players in their squad at that time - one was called [Luka] Modric and the other Eduardo. The two have had great careers. The regret we had for Eduardo is of course the bad injury he got, but he was a great player. We have fond memories of him and he still loves our club.
Predicted Dinamo Zagreb XI (4-3-3): Eduardo; Ivo Pinto, Jeremy Taravel, Leonardo Sigali, Josip Pivaric; Marko Rog, Domagoj Antolic, Paulo Machado; Marko Pjaca, Angelo Henriquez, Junior FernandesANDREJ ISAKOVIC/Getty ImagesArsenalThe big injury news coming out of Arsenal yesterday focused on a player who was never likely to be available for this game. Jack Wilshere has been forced to undergo surgery on his fibula and will miss the next three months of action. He joins fellow England international Danny Welbeck as a long-term absentee for the Gunners. Per Mertesacker is still absent after illness and a car accident, so Gabriel Paulista is likely to continue alongside Laurent Koscielny.
He told David Hytner of The Guardian:To beat them we have to play at our best, without speculating on any weak link in a team that has not lost a game for 11 months. You are quickly out in the Champions League if you do not start well. It is a vital game and it’s important we focus on that. Arsenal must not allow the sight of Chelsea on the horizon to distract them from this important game. Team NewsDinamo ZagrebA player called Eduardo is likely to play for Zagreb, but it will be the Portuguese goalkeeper rather than the Brazilian-born striker. Mamic will likely use his customary 4-3-3 formation, in the hope that he can use overlapping full-backs to create two-on-one situations on the flanks.
Wenger has admitted he may rotate his squad in this fixture, telling Arsenal. com:It is quite easy to change two or three players, [more] than it was in years before because they are all at a very good level. I know the same team cannot play every single game over the next three weeks. I try to keep the balance right and give a little breather to players who need it. The Arsenal boss has made the decision to rest Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey for this fixture. Their places are likely to go to Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain respectively, with club captain Mikel Arteta and France international Olivier Giroud also pushing for a potential recall.
Date: Wednesday, September 16Time: 7. 45 p. m. BST/2. ETLocation: Stadion Maksimir, ZagrebTelevision coverage: BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD (U. K. ), FOX Sports 2 (U. S. ) Streaming: BT Sport App (U. ), FOX Soccer 2Go (U. )FormDinamo ZagrebW (1-2) vs. Skenderbeu KorceD (1-1) vs. Istra 1961W (4-1) vs.
Predicted Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Mathieu Debuchy, Gabriel Paulista, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez; Olivier GiroudPlayers to Watch Dinamo Zagreb: Angelo HenriquezRODRIGO ARANGUA/Getty ImagesArsenal may have a Chilean striking sensation in Alexis Sanchez, but Dinamo have one of their own in Angelo Henriquez.