Follow all the action from the Stadio Friuli tonight with Charlie Scott and Andy Muirhead, as Udinese play host to Arsenal in their Champions League qualifier. Arsene Wenger’s side lead 1-0 from the first leg, thanks to a goal from Theo Walcott.
Arsenal will have to do without star midfielder Samir Nasri has he has made the move to Premier League rivals Manchester City, a week after the North London side saw captain Cesc Fabregas left for Barcelona.
Defeat tonight would not only see the club exit the Champions League, but would also pile more pressure on the Frenchman, with the fans already in less than jovial mood with the club’s current form on the field in the league.
Arsenal welcome back Robin van Persie from his European ban, while Gervinho, Alex Song and Emmanuel Frimpong are available despite suspensions in the league, and Carl Jenkinson could start at left back. The North London side have Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny (back), Nicklas Bendtner, Abou Diaby (both ankle), Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) and Sebastien Squillaci all out.
Despite not kicking their season off yet, Udinese showed that they were still a threat in the first leg, and are confident of overturning the one goal deficit at home.
Antonio Di Natale was the leading scorer in Italy last season and will be the main threat to Arsenal. However strike partner Antonio Floro Flores is set to miss out on the game, and the Italian side face some selection problems in defence, with centre-half Maurizio Domizzi sidelined due to a thigh injury and right-back Dusan Basta also doubtful.
Scotzine’s coverage of the game starts at 7.15pm with the game itself kicking off at 7.45pm.