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  • Date:06 Nov 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
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Goal!

Live Commentary

90:00

Second Half ends, Schalke 2, Arsenal 2.

90:00

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00

Substitution, Schalke. Tranquillo Barnetta replaces Lewis Holtby.

90:00

Substitution, Arsenal. Andr'e Santos replaces Lukas Podolski.

90:00

Substitution, Arsenal. Francis Coquelin replaces Santiago Cazorla.

86:00

Attempt missed. Jermaine Jones (Schalke) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

86:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

85:00

Delay in match Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) because of an injury.

84:00

Offside, Schalke. Jefferson Farf'an tries a through ball, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is caught offside.

83:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:00

Delay in match Jermaine Jones (Schalke) because of an injury.

83:00

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:00

Foul by Jermaine Jones (Schalke).

81:00

Attempt saved. Jermaine Jones (Schalke) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Benedikt H"owedes.

80:00

Jefferson Farf'an (Schalke) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:00

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).

78:00

Jermaine Jones (Schalke) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:00

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

78:00

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:00

Foul by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke).

77:00

Jermaine Jones (Schalke) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:00

Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:00

Foul by Jermaine Jones (Schalke).

74:00

Offside, Arsenal. Laurent Koscielny tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

72:00

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

70:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Christian Fuchs.

70:00

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:00

Foul by Jermaine Jones (Schalke).

67:00

Goal! Schalke 2, Arsenal 2. Jefferson Farf'an (Schalke) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Holtby.

67:00

Attempt missed. Lewis Holtby (Schalke) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ibrahim Afellay with a cross.

66:00

Substitution, Schalke. Kyriakos Papadopoulos replaces Marco H"oger because of an injury.

66:00

Offside, Arsenal. Per Mertesacker tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

65:00

Attempt saved. Ibrahim Afellay (Schalke) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermaine Jones.

64:00

Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Schalke) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jermaine Jones.

63:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:00

Delay in match Marco H"oger (Schalke) because of an injury.

62:00

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

60:00

Attempt missed. Roman Neust"adter (Schalke) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jefferson Farf'an with a cross following a corner.

60:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

60:00

Attempt blocked. Marco H"oger (Schalke) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

60:00

Attempt missed. Jermaine Jones (Schalke) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a cross following a corner.

60:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Theo Walcott.

58:00

Marco H"oger (Schalke) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:00

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

57:00

Offside, Arsenal. Bacary Sagna tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

56:00

Hand ball by Jermaine Jones (Schalke).

55:00

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:00

Foul by Roman Neust"adter (Schalke).

55:00

Attempt blocked. Benedikt H"owedes (Schalke) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roman Neust"adter.

54:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

54:00

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jones (Schalke) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with a headed pass.

53:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

53:00

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:00

Foul by Jefferson Farf'an (Schalke).

52:00

Foul by Ibrahim Afellay (Schalke).

52:00

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

51:00

Attempt saved. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jermaine Jones with a through ball.

47:00

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lukas Podolski with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Schalke 1, Arsenal 2.

45:00

First Half ends, Schalke 1, Arsenal 2.

45:00

Goal! Schalke 1, Arsenal 2. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a through ball.

45:00

Ibrahim Afellay (Schalke) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Foul by Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

43:00

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:00

Foul by Marco H"oger (Schalke).

42:00

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

41:00

Christian Fuchs (Schalke) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:00

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:00

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Schalke).

40:00

Attempt missed. Jefferson Farf'an (Schalke) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jermaine Jones following a fast break.

39:00

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:00

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Schalke).

38:00

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jones (Schalke) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:00

Attempt blocked. Jefferson Farf'an (Schalke) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:00

Delay in match Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) because of an injury.

31:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

29:00

Attempt missed. Ibrahim Afellay (Schalke) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a fast break.

29:00

Offside, Arsenal. Bacary Sagna tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

28:00

Attempt missed. Joel Matip (Schalke) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a cross.

27:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

26:00

Goal! Schalke 0, Arsenal 2. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lukas Podolski with a cross.

25:00

Substitution, Schalke. Marco H"oger replaces Atsuto Uchida because of an injury.

25:00

Joel Matip (Schalke) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:00

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:00

Foul by Joel Matip (Schalke).

23:00

Attempt missed. Christian Fuchs (Schalke) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ibrahim Afellay following a corner.

23:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

22:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:00

Delay in match Atsuto Uchida (Schalke) because of an injury.

21:00

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

21:00

Hand ball by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

20:00

Ibrahim Afellay (Schalke) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:00

Foul by Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

19:00

Offside, Arsenal. Vito Mannone tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

18:00

Goal! Schalke 0, Arsenal 1. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

18:00

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:00

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Thomas Vermaelen.

16:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Roman Neust"adter.

12:00

Attempt missed. Benedikt H"owedes (Schalke) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jefferson Farf'an with a cross following a corner.

12:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

9:00

Attempt saved. Ibrahim Afellay (Schalke) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roman Neust"adter.

8:00

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:00

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Schalke).

8:00

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:00

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Schalke).

5:00

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

5:00

Attempt blocked. Christian Fuchs (Schalke) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

4:00

Offside, Schalke. Jefferson Farf'an tries a through ball, but Jermaine Jones is caught offside.

Match Preview

Arsenal will be looking for revenge when they travel to Germany to take on Schalke after they were beaten 2-0 at The Emirates last time around losing their extraordinary 45 match unbeaten against non-English teams record in the process

This will not be an easy task for The Gunners though, as they have a number of key players out with injuries. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up an injury in the Gunners Premier League defeat against Norwich. He'll be joining Laurent Koscielny and Abou Diaby on the sidelines.

One piece of good news however was the return of Jack Wilshere, after a 15 month lay off. The England international started his first match this season against QPR where Arsenal went on to win 1 – 0 but was rested against Reading in The Gunners 7-5 win after extra time. Wilshere then started the match against Manchester United but was sent off in the second half after receiving a second yellow card.

Schalke will be without German international Julian Draxler who suffered a broken wrist during the teams last Champions League outing against Montpelier, although Schalke manager Huub Stevens has said that Draxler could play with a cast on his arm if the player felt comfortable enough. Two other players that will be sidelined for the German team are Kyriakos Papadopulous who is suffering from chicken pox and Christoph Metzelder who is a doubt with a knee injury.

Arsenal go into Tuesday nights Champions League game on faltering form, losing three of their last five games, winning only two. The Gunners will be looking to be more creative against Schalke after they appeared completely devoid of idea's against Manchester United last Saturday. But with Chamberlain and Gervinho both out Podolski and Walcott will have to give the team width with the goal shy Giroud playing as the main striker.

Last Five Results:

Manchester United  2 – 1  Arsenal

Reading  5 – 7  Arsenal

Arsenal  1 – 0  QPR

Arsenal  0 – 2  Schalke 04

Norwich  1 – 0  Arsenal

Schalke have been in good form both domestically and in Europe, winning four out of their last five games, including wins over Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal. Although they did slump to a shock defeat in the Bundesliga against rivals Hoffenheim at the weekend.

Last Five Results:

Hoffenheim  3 – 2  Schalke 04

Schalke 04  3 – 0  Sandhausen

Schalke 04  1 – 0  Nurnberg

Arsenal  0 – 2  Schalke 04

Borussia Dortmund  1 – 2  Schalke 04

I would usually pick Theo Walcott as Arsenal's danger man, his blistering pace makes him a constant threat to any defence in the world. But as the England international isn't guaranteed a start at the moment I'll have to go with Santi Cazorla. He'll be the player pulling the strings in the middle of the park, he has a brilliant eye for that killer pass and has an awesome shot, with both feet might I add. He has been a delight to watch so far in the Premier League although I have to say he was not at his best against Norwich. So if Schalke want to stop Arsenal from playing, they need to close down Cazorla and give him no space whatsoever.

Schalke star player has to be Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Dutch international has been prolific for the German club, scoring 67 goals in 94 matches. Huntelaar is well travelled as a player and has had spells at some of the biggest clubs in the world including Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan. The player has already notched six goals in twelve appearances so far this season and that stat alone makes him my man to watch for Schalke.

The two teams have only faced each other three times previously, back in the Champions League group stages in 2001 and in this seasons group stage where Schalke won at The Emirates. Schalke now just have the edge over the English team winning two of the games to Arsenals one.

Prediction

I'm backing Arsenal to bounce back from their recent patchy form with a win against Schalke. Although they will have to produce a performance with a lot more creativity and attacking threat than the one seen at Old Trafford this weekend.

Schalke 04  0 - 1  Arsenal

Podolski getting the only goal after being put through by Cazorla.

Match Report

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