Arsenal v Zurich preview: Will the Gunners stay top of their group?
Tomorrow Arsenal will travel to Switzerland to face Zurich on the last Matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Although the Gunners have secured their spot in the quarter-finals, Zurich have been eliminated from the opportunity to progress further, as they have lost all 5 of their games.
What’s happened so far?
After 5 games Arsenal have a total of 10 points, including an impressive 3 wins. Whereas, Zurich haven’t got onto the point system.
An extremely strong yet shocking 5-1 victory over defending Champions Lyon set the successful tone for the Gunners in this round. The other wins came from the last time they met Zurich and Juventus.
Last week’s defeat, which had no impact on their qualifying position, was overshadowed by Vivianne Miedema’s recently confirmed ACL injury.
Despite Zurich easily qualifying, they have since suffered dramatically with 17 goals conceded. The only time they found the net was from Seraina Piubel against Arsenal in their last meeting, so will hope to do the same again tomorrow evening.
The middle table clash takes place alongside this game, in which a win for either team will book them the final spot in the next round.
Injuries have been contagious in the Arsenal camp recently. Miedema has joined Beth Mead with an ACL injury, which is not only a tragic loss for the Gunners, but also for their personal careers for club and country ahead of the World Cup.
However, skipper Kim Little and Lina Hurtig have returned to training, which could mean they will return to the pitch if not this game in the New Year.
Who to look out for:
The Red Army provide an attacking front from Caitlin Foord, who has further increased their goal difference.
Manuela Zinsberger will be a challenge for Zurich to get the ball past.
Top of the table Arsenal took away all three points, in a 3-1 win, so are favourites to win.
Where to watch:
Arsenal 2-0 Zurich