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

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90mins

Second Half ends, Schalke 2, Arsenal 2.

90mins

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

90mins

Substitution, Schalke. Tranquillo Barnetta replaces Lewis Holtby.

90mins

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

90mins

Substitution, Arsenal. Francis Coquelin replaces Santiago Cazorla.

86mins

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

86mins

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

85mins

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

84mins

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

83mins

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83mins

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

83mins

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

83mins

Foul by Jermaine Jones (Schalke).

81mins

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

80mins

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

80mins

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).

78mins

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

78mins

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

78mins

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

78mins

Foul by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke).

77mins

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

77mins

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

77mins

Foul by Jermaine Jones (Schalke).

74mins

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

72mins

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

70mins

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Christian Fuchs.

70mins

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

70mins

Foul by Jermaine Jones (Schalke).

67mins

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.

67mins

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

66mins

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

66mins

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

65mins

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

64mins

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

63mins

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62mins

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

62mins

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

60mins

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.

60mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

60mins

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

60mins

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.

60mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Theo Walcott.

58mins

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

58mins

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

57mins

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

56mins

Hand ball by Jermaine Jones (Schalke).

55mins

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

55mins

Foul by Roman Neust"adter (Schalke).

55mins

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

54mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

54mins

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.

53mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

53mins

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

53mins

Foul by Jefferson Farf'an (Schalke).

52mins

Foul by Ibrahim Afellay (Schalke).

52mins

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

51mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

51mins

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.

47mins

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

45mins

Second Half begins Schalke 1, Arsenal 2.

45mins

First Half ends, Schalke 1, Arsenal 2.

45mins

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.

45mins

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

45mins

Foul by Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

43mins

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

43mins

Foul by Marco H"oger (Schalke).

42mins

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.

41mins

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

41mins

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

41mins

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Schalke).

40mins

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.

39mins

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

39mins

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Schalke).

38mins

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

36mins

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

35mins

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34mins

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

31mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

29mins

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

29mins

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

28mins

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

27mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

26mins

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.

25mins

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

25mins

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

25mins

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

25mins

Foul by Joel Matip (Schalke).

23mins

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

23mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

22mins

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22mins

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

21mins

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

21mins

Hand ball by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

20mins

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

20mins

Foul by Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

19mins

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

18mins

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

18mins

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

18mins

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

16mins

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Roman Neust"adter.

12mins

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.

12mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

9mins

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.

8mins

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

8mins

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Schalke).

8mins

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

8mins

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Schalke).

5mins

Corner, Schalke. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

5mins

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

4mins

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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