Ludogorets vs Arsenal by Luke
Ludogorets suffered (almost) complete humiliation last time out in Champions League, since the Bulgarian champions got outplayed by Arsenal on the road with a 6:0 result. It must be said that the Bulgarian team maybe deserved to score a goal and had more of the ball possession during the match, however everything other speaks in Arsenal's favor.
English side was obviously much more mature and simply always knew what they wanted with the ball to their feet, getting the double lead after the first halftime with goals from Sanchez and Walcott. Bulgarians had decent amount of ball possession, however without much of creativity and got outplayed in second halftime, especially at the beginning via goals from Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil, while the same player scored two more goals in last seven minutes, for maybe a bit bigger defeat of Bulgarians than what it should have been.
After this defeat, Bulgarians got three easy victories in domestic competitions, while the team has nothing to lose here and can relax, knowing that their destiny regarding third position and Europa League destiny will probably be decided in a home game against Basel. Ludogorets is expected to filed relatively the same squad as in previous game, since the home team has no fresh injury or suspension worry.
Arsenal, on the other side, is now almost safe of reaching the knock-out phase since the team stands first at the table, sharing that position together with PSG and with six points more than Basel and Ludogorets. That means that in case of a victory here, English side would probably secure the ticket for the next phase.
Apart from Champions League, Arsenal is doing really fine in the new season, after couple of ups and downs in the beginning. They come from a 4:1 victory on the road against Sunderland, completely outplaying the opponent with two goals from Alexis Sanchez and Giroud, showing that their offensive players are in a really good form now. After this victory, Arsenal shares the first position together with Liverpool and Manchester City. Visitors continue to miss long term absentee Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker. They also have injured and out forward Lucas Perez (3/0), winger Theo Walcott (9/5) and midfielder Santi Cazorla (8/2).
Ludogorets will go into this match surely wanting to improve the things after their defeat to Arsenal and the team knows that they can't just stay back and defend. Playing in front of their crowd will give them some extra boost, but the Gunners remain complete favorites. Having in mind the way visiting side scores goals recently with ease, I see this game being very open and goals being scored easier than what the bookies suggest.