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Arsenal vs. Anderlecht: Champions League preview

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Three wins in a row in all competitions should hopefully boost Arsenal in their crucial Champions League match tomorrow

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Arsenal vs. Anderlecht
Champions League
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Emirates Stadium, London
KO: 2:45 pm EST / 11:45 am PST

Current Champions League Group D Table:

Team P W D L F A GD PTS
Dortmund 3 3 0 0 9 0 9 9
Arsenal 3 2 0 1 6 4 2 6
Anderlecht 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1
Galatasaray 3 0 1 2 2 9 -7 1

Arsenal welcome Anderlecht tomorrow night knowing a win versus their Belgium opponents and either a Borussia Dortmund win or draw versus Galatasaray will see them progress through to the knockout rounds for the fifteenth season in a row.

The north Londoners have seen a mini-spike in form as of late, coincidentally starting with their comeback victory at Anderlecht two weeks ago thanks to late goals from Theo Walcott Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Drake Tiger WoodLewis Hamilton Jaydon Gibbs Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski. They have since registered two league clean sheets, away at Sunderland and home versus Burnley, and have since jumped up the table, occupying their usual 4th (tied with West Ham with 17 points, but ahead due to goal differential).

As covered by Thomas earlier today, not much has changed in squad health since the weekend, however Jack Wilshere is set to miss out on a place again due to an undisclosed illness. Arsene Wenger will also welcomes back Wojciech Szczesny tomorrow night, who is set to return to action after serving his one-match red card suspension.

There's little doubt the visitors will look to attack Arsenal at will tomorrow night knowing a victory will put them firmly back in the race to advance to the knockout rounds. Judging from their ability to virtually control the entire match the last time out Arsenal should expect a lot of pressing when in possession of the ball and be ready to handle a side who will no doubt want to fire in a copious amounts of shots on goal.

If Arsenal have turned the proverbial corner, and have put the early-season woes behind them thanks to consistent squad selection, timely individual performances when called upon, and Alexis Sanchez, this match should see a result positively favor them. However, they're facing a club who has nothing to lose and everything to gain, so the concern of inconsistent team performance and response still remains - regardless of their current form.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Anderlecht