Arsenal vs Ludogorets by Isaiah
Arsenal seems to be in a pretty decent form at the moment, since the team finally managed to get straight victories in all competitions and are coming from their sixth in a row, this time winning at home 3:2 against Swansea last weekend. It was quite an open game from both sides and it needs to be said even though Arsenal looked better for the most of the time, the result itself could have been different on some other day.
The Gunners took the double lead with two goals from Walcott (in 26th and 33rd minute), but the visitors replied via Sigursson in 38th. Second halftime was also an open one, with the home team taking the double lead again, in 57th via Ozil, while Baston replied ten minutes later. Arsenal stood playing with a man less since 70th minute and Swansea lacked being a bit more concrete with their attacks in order to find a way to level up the score completely. Arsenal is now sharing the first position together with Manchester City and might be one of the surprises of the season in case they continue in the same manner. As for Champions League they have four points out of two matches and the team needs a victory here, everything other would be huge negative surprise.
Arsenal should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Sanchez as their top striker, but also with Owobi, Ozil and Walcott as offensive midfielders. Goalkeeper David Ospina should be back between the posts, while Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker remain long term absentees due injuries. Forward Olivier Giroud hasn't featured in any of Arsenal's last three matches and remains doubtful for this one as well. Aaron Ramsey, midfielder, has returned to training session, but isn't completely ready for this one.
Ludogorets had no special problems to overcome Pirin Blagoevgrad last weekend away from home with a 3:1 result. They were complete favorites and have showed that on the field from first till last moment. The team took the lead in seventh minute from a penalty kick taken by Moti, but got leveled up just eight minutes later with a goal from Mladenov.
Even so, their response was quick and have reinstalled the lead with a goal from Cafu, while an own goal sealed the victory for them fifteen minutes before the full time whistle. Ludogorets now has five victories in a row in Bulgrian Parva Liga and the team is only two points behind leaders from Levski Sofia, surely remaining number one favorite to clinch the title. As for the Champions League, they have presented themselves a bit above expectations of the most of the table, coming from a 1:1 draw away from home against Basel and a 1:3 loss to superior PSG in previous round.
Visitors from Bulgaria should be set in a bit more defensive 4-4-1-1 formation with Cafu as their central striker and Marcelinho as central offensive midfielder behind him. They are expected to make many changes in comparison to their previous Champions League matches where the team looked well, without fresh injury nor suspension worries for this one.
Arsenal remains favorite to get the victory here and most likely, they will be able to obtain it. However, I definitely see Ludogorets scoring here as well, since the team looks well on counter attacks. The team moves to ball rather well, are playing for a long period together now and the Gunners were conceding this season against even weaker sides. I see plenty of value with the current odds.