Arsenal v FC Twente Live

Emirates stadium will play host this Wednesday to dutch side FC Twente, as Arsenal prepare to ramp up the pace in this Champions League qualifier.

Having secured a lead of 2-0 in the first leg, Arsenal have a relatively clean margin over their rivals this round. Points in their last encounter were claimed by key components William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor. The Gunners look set to improve their performance on home ground, but with an unexpected loss to Fulham over the weekend, they are still reeling from the uncertainty rooted in defeat. Their poor game play will need to gather some pace as they progress.

Arsene Wenger will be sure that any further negativity will not influence his team and will be a pivotal part of the motivation, come Wednesday. With elements of apprehension clear in their form still, they still lack the drive and flow of their ‘regular’ game, and this reduction in both capability and strength is developing into a serious problem for the team. Nasri will be expected to perform beyond expectations, but the whole team understand that this match is crucial. They will all need go that extra mile in order to find the promise of victory against FC Twente. Anything short of a top class performance will leave the Gunners in a position of vulnerability, and even humiliation.

FC Twente have Steven Mclaren at the wheel this match, but with the loss of Marko Arnautovic, who is now suffering from a leg injury, any further mishap will be detrimental to the fragile lineup they present. With Australian Luke Wilkshire dropped into the mix, the team will be suffering from a lack of cohesion. Some believe that Mclaren has lost his magic touch ever since leaving England. His past actions still linger, with the misjudgments of the past still held firmly in the hearts and minds of fans. With the suspension of Blaise Nkufo too for this match, the front lines will be a clear incentive for their aggressive opponent to move in for the kill. Currently less than the favourite, FC Twente need to put on show, a quality demonstration of the potential which they are known to have. Their European prospects hang in the balance, and a loss in this match may see the end of their hopes for the league.

Free Soccer Pick Decision game for Arsenal – Wenger may have juggled his team a little too much. His hand has been forced by injuries this match, and there will be changes at half-time. Whilst the youthful look of the Gunners may present a worry to some, the quality of talent embedded in the lineup of drafted stars will be sufficient enough to secure this win. At worst, Arsenal need to draw to secure the first leg.

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Wigan Athletic v Chelsea Live

Having lost their first premiership match of the season, Wigan Athletic have a tough game on their hands this weekend. Careful deliberation will be needed in order to field a side to meet wits with Chelsea, come sunday. Having lost their last match at Boleyn Ground, they are placed precariously to welcome the away team to the JJB Stadium.

In their last match, we saw Wigan facing an uphill battle, with their star player Amr Zaki providing them with a much needed point in the latter part of the match. By that same token, Zaki has demonstrated a lack of precision in his gameplay, with three golden opportunities passing him by, which could have ultimately led to his teams victory. Now placed 15th in the Premier League, the team is suffering from a lack of players this match, with the absence Taylor and Edman putting strain on their numbers. In total, the Latics have had over eight players away this week, on international duty.

Meanwhile, Chelsea may see the return of Michael Ballack to the field, with his ankle injury seemingly healed. Salomon Kalou will back from the Olympic Games by match start and will bolster the teams already formidable lineup. The Blues have, in contrast to Chelsea, started their season on a high note, with a respectable win at Stamford Bridge over Pompey. With former brazilian Luiz Felipe at the helm, the team is demonstrating diversity and strength in all key facets of its gameplay. However, if they are to gain the most from their matches, they will need to focus on converting at every step.

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