FC Basel vs Arsenal: Match preview, team news and predicted line-up

Arsenal face FC Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night with an outside chance of finishing top of Group A but they will need a favour from Ludogorets.

The Gunners sit in second place heading into the final round of fixtures, and know that even if they collect all three points in Switzerland, should Paris Saint-German defeat Ludogorets, then it will be the Ligue 1 champions who qualify as group winners.

It remains to be seen what team Arsene Wenger puts out, but as reported by ESPN FC, he did hint in his press conference on Monday that he could stick with a strong line-up and hope that his side can make the most of a potential PSG slip-up.

History paints a positive picture as the Gunners have won all five of their previous competitive games with Swiss opposition, and there should be goals as none of their last 40 away games in the Champions League have ended goalless.

However, it will be a tough clash to win as Basel have won their last three home games against English clubs in this competition and have lost just two of their last eight home games overall.

Arsenal go into this one full of confidence after their 5-1 win over West Ham United at the weekend, and although it may mean little in terms of their qualification, another win in midweek would continue to boost confidence within the group as they pursue silverware on various fronts.

Nevertheless, Wenger will be hoping that all of his key players can come through unscathed, as he will undoubtedly under scrutiny if Arsenal suffer any further injury setbacks.

Team news

Francis Coquelin is suspended while Hector Bellerin remains sidelined through injury along with the likes of Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck.

Granit Xhaka is expected to partner Aaron Ramsey in midfield as he looks forward to facing his old club, while Carl Jenkinson could return at right-back in place of Gabriel.

Predicted Arsenal line-up: (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Ramsey, Xhaka; Iwobi, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Alexis Sanchez.

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