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Celtic Vs Arsenal Team News and Prediction Thread

Promises to be a cracker!

Celtic defender Glenn Loovens is an injury doubt for the Champions League qualifying first leg against Arsenal.

Loovens has been carrying a knock and was rested at half-time on Saturday as Celtic beat Aberdeen 3-1. Defender Stephen McManus definitely misses out.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is an injury doubt for the visitors along with fellow midfielder Denilson and defender Bacary Sagna.

Abou Diaby is available but Theo Walcott and Johan Djourou miss out.

Walcott and Diaby both missed the Gunners’ win at Everton on Saturday.

Scotland defender Gary Caldwell will make a return to the Celtic defence after missing the Scottish Premier League opener against the Dons through suspension.
He is likely to partner Loovens if the Dutchman is able to shake off the knee injury he suffered in the previous round’s victory over Dinamo Moscow.

Celtic played out stoppage time at Pittodrie with 10 men after Shaun Maloney limped off, but Mowbray says the midfielder will be ready to face Arsenal.

“Shaun is OK,” he said. “He had a bit of cramp, but he will be OK.”

Celtic (from): Boruc, Hinkel, Naylor, Caldwell, Fox, O’Dea, Loovens, Scott Brown, N’Guemo, Donati, McGeady, McDonald, Samaras, Fortune, Killen, Maloney, Zaluska, Crosas, Caddis, Ferry.
Arsenal (from): Almunia, Sagna, Vermaelen, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue, Song, Diaby, Fabregas, Arshavin, van Persie, Eduardo, Mannone, Bendtner, Denilson, Ramsey, Wilshere, Gibbs, Silvestre. (BBC Sport)

It’s probably the Champions League qualifying game everyone wanted except for the two sets of fans who now have a pretty tough task of getting to the group stages. Many will feel that Arsenal will have too much for the Scottish side but I think it will be a lot closer than some might think.

Tony Mowbray’s sides always play good football and it promises to be a game that is pleasing to the eye. Both sides started their league campaigns with convincing away wins and I think I will sit on the fence for this one.

1-1 draw

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