By Alex Demarco

Arsenal travel to Bulgaria for matchday four of their Champions League campaign as they take on Ludogorets Razgrad.

The Gunners go into the game knowing that a win could guarantee progression from Group A, provided that rivals Paris Saint-Germain avoid defeat in Switzerland, where they take on FC Basel.


These two sides met just a fortnight ago, with the North London outfit coming out on top in a comprehensive 6-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Currently 14 matches unbeaten, Arsene Wenger’s men will be confident that they can pick up yet another three points in their pursuit of finishing top of Group A.

Arsenal swept aside Sunderland 4-1 at the weekend to keep the pressure on their Premier League rivals, with only goal difference separating the Londoners from the top of the table.

The victory was made even sweeter by the fact that France international Olivier Giroud marked his return from injury with two goals, whilst Aaron Ramsey came off the bench after a prolonged spell on the sidelines and provided an assist.

There could be a number of changes to the Gunners’ starting line-up, with Wenger likely to have one eye on Sunday’s mouth-watering North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Frenchman confirmed that Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott have not travelled with the squad, along with Hector Bellerin, who has been rested.


That could result in a start at right-back for Carl Jenkinson, who made his first Arsenal appearance in 898 days during their recent 2-0 victory over Reading in the EFL Cup.

There could also be a change in goal, with David Ospina expected to start ahead of first-choice Petr Cech.

Summer signing Granit Xhaka, having sat out the last three matches due to suspension, is available for selection and could replace Cazorla in midfield.


Despite starting the game as underdogs, Ludogorets are in fine goal-scoring form, having found the back of the net 15 times in their last five matches and will be hoping to test their opponents’ backline in front of their home fans.

Possible Arsenal starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Xhaka, Elneny; Chamberlain, Ozil, Iwobi; Giroud

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