Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb will meet at the Emirates on Tuesday knowing that their Champions League fate is out of their hands.
Both sides need a victory in this fixture to close the six-point gap to the two sides above them in Group F, while that a draw between Bayern Munich and Olympiacos would eliminate both.
Arsenal’s Champions League campaign has been an uphill battle this season, with the Gunners having to play catch-up since suffering a 2-1 defeat to Zagreb in their opening fixture of the campaign.
Arsene Wenger’s side briefly gave themselves hope at the halfway point, beating Bayern Munich 2-0 in London, but they were thrashed 5-1 by the German champions last time out, leaving them bottom in Group F.
Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires has admitted that he is concerned about the team’s chances of reaching the last 16, with a fixture against second-placed Olympiacos still to come after this match.
There was disappointment for the team in the Premier League at the weekend though as Arsenal let a lead slip in their 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion. Arsenal have conceded more goals than any other side in their group in the Champions League, letting in 10 in their first four fixtures, while keeping just one clean sheet. The Gunners have scored in all of their matches though, netting six times in total, with two each from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, who was sent off in the opening fixture.
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Made a bright start to the group stage of the competition, beating Arsenal in their opening fixture, but they have lost all three of their outings since then. Two narrow defeats to Olympiacos in their last two matches have all but ended the Croatian side’s hopes of reaching the next stage of the competition, but a win over Arsenal would send Zagreb into the Europa League. Since their last outing in Europe’s top club competition, Dinamo have secured back-to-back domestic wins, defeating Slaven Koprivinica 2-1 in their first outing since the international break. This week’s visitors have been the least prolific in front of goal in Group F, netting just three times in four matches, including just once in their last three fixtures. Defending has also been a struggle for Dinamo, with the side yet to keep a clean sheet in the group, while letting in nine goals, just one more than this week’s opponents. Zagreb have never progressed from the group stage in four previous attempts, with this being their first appearance at this round of the competition since 2012. Recent form: WWWLLL Recent form (all competitions): LWLLWW Read more at: https://tr.im/sZjPw