Arsenal player Frida Maanum, who starts from the bench this evening, says the club are up for the challenge against Zurich: “Every game now is important and we know what we did in Lyon. Then we have to build from there and it’s a completely different game tomorrow against Zurich and yeah, we just have to go out there and play our game. We know what we’re meeting tomorrow.”
So last night we discussed Jaffa Cakes and tonight I am digging into Starbursts. Which are your favourites? Purple are mine and the green ones are the absolute worst. Let me know via Twitter and email!
Two other matches kicked off earlier today in the tournament with Barcelona leading 2-1 against Rosengard thanks to two goals from Aitana Bonmati. Meanwhile in the other game in Arsenal’s group Lyon are drawing 1-1 Juventus, Lindsey Horan scored for Lyon and Melvine Malard’s own goal saw the Italian club equalise. Both are into the second half.
The team news is out! Star goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger is benched in favour of Kaylan Marckese, who makes her debut, and Vivianne Miedema gets her first start since Arsenal played Reading in the WSL.
Arsenal staring XI: Marckese, Maritz, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Catley, Nobbs, Little, Iwabuchi, Mead, Miedema, Hurtig.
Zurich have also revealed their starting squad.
Zurich starting XI: Romero, Riesen, Stierli, Vetterlein, Megroz, Dubs, Piubel, Bemauer, Pinther, Markou, Humm.
Welcome back to our Women’s Champions League coverage and tonight we have Arsenal hosting Zurich!
The Gunners will look to continue their perfect record in the tournament as Arsenal demolished Lyon 5-1 last week! Arsenal will also become the second club ever to reach 100 appearances in the Women’s Champions League this evening.
Zurich, meanwhile, lost 2-0 to Juventus and so they will be seeking to cause an upset at the Emirates. There should be a big crowd with over 20,000 tickets sold for the fixture and team news will be out shortly.
Stay tuned for the updates with kick-off coming at 8pm.