Arsenal face FC Basel on tonight hoping to pip Champions League rivals Paris Saint-Germain to top spot in Group A in order to maximise the chances of a favourable last-16 draw.
Arsene Wenger’s Gunners have already secured safe passage to the knockout stages of the competition, but a 2-2 home draw against PSG on matchday five – coupled with a 1-1 draw in the French capital – leaves the Ligue 1 champions top of the group with a superior head-to-head record.
Arsenal could safely better the result of Unai Emery’s French giants in their final group games and still finish second, so Wenger will be hoping that Ludogorets Razgrad can do his side a favour.
Finishing top of group A would be a huge boost for Arsenal considering they have been knocked out at the last-16 stage for the last six seasons in a row, but Basel will be no pushovers despite the Swiss side’s disappointing Champions League campaign.
The Gunners have qualified for the last 16 and will finish second in the group regardless of their own result if Paris St-Germain beat Ludogorets Razgrad.
If Chile international Sanchez is left out, it could provide an opportunity for Spanish striker Lucas Perez.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka returns to his former club Basel, who are vying with Ludogorets for a Europa League place.
The Swiss side must hope Ludogorets of Bulgaria are beaten by French champions PSG and then pick up at least a point.
Arsenal have been eliminated in the last 16 in the past six seasons and have finished second in their group in each of the past five.
However, this season may not deliver on the theory that finishing second means a harder tie in the first knockout stage.
Going into the final matchday, all of Porto, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Benfica are second in their respective groups.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has previously said he felt “guilty” when his side landed a tough last-16 tie but, in the likely event that Arsenal finish second once more, 2017 may be different.
“It looks quite even if you finish first or second,” said Wenger on Monday.
“The advantage of finishing first is you play the second leg at home, and possibly 30 minutes of extra time at home.
7 matches far to finish the season of 2015-16 Premier League. No one leading teams standing on good position except Man city & the gunners. First position Leicester city is 8 point far from the team of Arsene Wenger. West Ham United playing well as like the previous years and their total point made their ranking 4th. This game will take place in Upton Park, London and that’s why the hammers would become another barrier for Arsenal. Past head to head of this two teams made the prediction more critical as their past H2h statistics & winning records is very same. French attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet would be a big threat in West Ham’s home ground.
Our prediction giving favour to West ham United cause of their recent matches winning stats. Hopefully, West ham United Vs Arsenal will be a big game and highly enjoyable as well.
The gunners is very close to win the title of EPL where they need few more win and defeat Leicester city & Tottenham Hotspur in point table. But 2 match straight losing simply make them frustrated. Arsenal played their last match against Swansea city where they were hot favourite. Campbell’s goal keep ahead Arsenal on 14′ but Routledge, Williams’s goal ensure win for Swansea city. The gunners is very close to win the title of EPL where they need few more win and defeat Leicester city & Tottenham Hotspur in point table. But 2 match straight losing simply make them frustrated. Arsenal played their last match against Swansea city where they were hot favourite. Campbell’s goal keep ahead Arsenal on 14′ but Routledge, Williams’s goal ensure win for Swansea city.