When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11.45AM PT/2.45PM ET/7.45PM BT
Where: Emirates Stadium, London
Importance: Coming off an excellent win vs Chelsea, Arsenal have plenty of momentum headed into their second Champions League game against FC Basel. Sitting in a four way tie, as the first games in the groups both ended in 1-1 draws, Arsenal will look to capitalize on home field advantage and seal their first win of their UCL campaign. With it being Basel at home, anything less would be an upset.
As for Basel, having battled back to draw their first Champions League game against Ludogrets, they would likely see a similar result as a big win. They are currently cruising domestically with a record few leagues could match - a perfect record after nine games and thirteen points up on second place. Basel will be ready and looking to shock their hosts in slim hopes to sneak a qualifying spot in the group.
Key players: Everyone seems to be putting their best foot forward so it’ll be on whoever steps into Francis Coquelin’s now open spot to keep pace with the team. It will most likely be Granit Xhaka, who has played excellently in relief of Coquelin and finally gets his chance to nail down a starting spot. So, welcome XhakZorla.
Basel, well, if Arsenal have the lion’s share of possession, and they likely will, it is going to come down to Tomas Vaclik’s game in net and how he organizes his defense.
Key injuries/omissions: Coquelin is out; so is Aaron Ramsey, despite training. Pretty much everyone else is available from the weekend.
Probable (hopeful) starters: Wenger will likely also stick to his bizarre reward for David Ospina and select him over Petr Cech. Beyond that, expect the usual suspects to line up against Basel with no changes up front as Giroud is suspended having received a red card for the foolishness at the end of the PSG game.
Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Kos, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Iwobi, Özil, Walcott; Alexis
How to watch: In the US, the game can be accessed online through FoxSoccer2Go. Otherwise, check here: livesoccer.tv