Arsenal looked impressive at the weekend against Spurs. Admittedly, their local rivals helped them out by refusing to defend on the right-hand side. Mead and Miedema look in form and will be hoping to carry that on to night.
There’s a lovely rainbow above the ground.
Lessons to be learned for Arsenal.
Ajax: Kop, Van der Most, Kardinaal, Verhoeven, Spitse, Noordam, Pelova, Grant, Leuchter, Weerden
Subs: Bussman, Van der Wal, Munsterman, Tromp, Kruize, Keijzer, Hoekstra, Bakker, Van Gool, Sabajo, De Sanders
Arsenal: Zinsberger; Wienroither, Williamson, Rafaelle, Catley; Little, Walti, Miedema; McCabe, Blackstenius, Foord
Subs: Marckese, Williams, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Martiz, Maanum, Nobbs, Iwabuchi, Mead, Hurtig
Captain Kim Little says Arsenal “need to do more and need to be better” which sums up their situation going into their do or die Champions League clash with Ajax. A 2-2 draw at home leaves progression to the group stage in the balance but the Gunners will be confident following their weekend routing of rivals Spurs.
Arsenal were poor last week in the first leg, there is no doubting that but, at the same time, they possess quality throughout the team and those individuals will not want to be out of the Champions League before October. The Gunners will think they can go a long way in this year and elimination at such an early stage would be a huge failure.
Failure to make the group stage will be huge blow for Arsenal, especially by losing to supposedly inferior opposition. Ajax made it to the round of 32 in 2020-21 but did not feature last season so will feel another year without a foray in the competition proper would be underwhelming.
Let’s hope for a cracker.
6pm BST kick-off.