Arsenal v Dynamo Kiev: Match Preview

kyiv-v-arsenalArsenal Likely Line Up (4-4-2)

Almunia
Djourou – Gallas – Silvestre – Clichy
Denilson
 – Fabregas (c) – Song – Ramsey
Van Persie – Bendtner

Subs from: Fabianski, Hoyte, Gibbs, Wilshere, Merida, Vela, Simpson

Dynamo Kyiv (4-5-1)

Bogush
Betao – Diakhate –
 
Sablic – El Kaddouri (c) 
Milevsky – Ghiaone – Vukojevic –  Eremenko – Aliyev
Bangoura

Subs from: Shovkovskyy, Dopilka, Asatiani, Cernat, Yussuf, Corrêa, Morozyuk, Shatskikh, Yarmolenko, Zozulya

    P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Arsenal 4 2 2 0 10 3 7 8
2 FC Porto 4 2 0 2 5 7 -2 6
3 Dynamo Kiev 4 1 2 1 3 3 0 5
4 Fenerbahce 4 0 2 2 3 8 -5 2

Tactics Talk: Dynamo Kyiv will see this as an opportunity to win rather than look for a draw like most sides would away from home as Arsenal enter the game with a depleted squad. They will be wary of Arsenal’s threat so will likely start as a 4-5-1with a compact midifeld but can switch to 4-4-2 if required, looking to hit Arsenal on the break especially through Ismael Bangoura’s pace. Aliyev produced a man on the match performance last time out and his long range shooting and arriving from deep will be a danger.

Arsenal as mentioned have many injuries in Cesc Fabregas’ first match as captain and the line up shown is subject to change to a 4-5-1 or a wide man may come in but a draw could be enough for Arsenal to progress. It will be intereesting to see how Fabregas performs under the added burden if any of captaincy while some players need to impress such as Denilson, Bendtner and Song. Ramsey will play wide but his tendency to drift in may reduce options when Arsenal attack. Wilshere, Merida and/or Vela may come in to contention should width be needed.

Group G
Goals scored 10 3 3 5
Goals conceded 3 3 8 7
Shots on target 27 8 14 26
Shots wide 22 24 16 22
Possession (time) 32 mins 27 mins 29 mins 29 mins
Possession (%) 54% 47% 49% 50%
Corners 30 17 11 22
Offside 18 9 13 11
Fouls committed 48 77 66 59
Fouls suffered 52 65 59 59
Yellow cards 6 9 11 8
Red cards 0 0 0 1
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