Arsenal have been dealt a tricky hand in the Group Stage of the Champions League. Former winners FC Porto, Turkish giants Fenerbahce and FC Dynamo Kyiv await Wenger’s men with the top two advancing to the knockout stages. This season Arsenal.com will be keeping you up to date with the form of the Gunners’ Group G counterparts in our regular Euro Watch.
Eskisehirspor 2-2 FENERBAHCE
Fenerbahce took the lead twice but could only manage a draw at 10th-place Eskisehirspor on Saturday. Brazilian midfielder Alex, who scored both goals for Luis Aragones’ men, picked up a thigh strain during the match and looks set to miss Wednesday’s clash at Emirates Stadium. Alex handed the Yellow Canaries the lead on the quarter-hour but Anderson Dos Santos drew the hosts level three minutes later. The home side’s goalkeeper, Vanja Ivesa, was then dismissed for a professional foul and Alex tucked home the penalty to make it 2-1. Edu Dracena put into his own net on the stroke of half-time and, despite their man advantage, Fenerbahce were unable to produce a winner in the second half.
FC DYNAMO KYIV 4-0 FC Karpaty Lviv
Dynamo continued their impressive domestic form with a comprehensive victory against Karpaty Lviv on Saturday. Yuri Semin’s men were out of sight by half-time as goals from Artem Milevsky, Ismael Bangoura and a penalty from Alexandr Aliyev handed the hosts a 3-0 lead before the interval. Bangoura’s second of the evening, his 11th of the season, put the icing on the cake for the hosts who are now seven points clear at the summit of the Ukrainian Premier League.
Naval Primeiro de Maio 1-0 FC PORTO
Porto suffered their second defeat of the season when they were narrowly beaten 1-0 at Naval Primeiro de Maio on Saturday. It was a game of few chances but Daniel Cruz struck the decisive blow after 54 minutes for the hosts. Porto huffed and puffed but were unable to get back on terms and the defeat leaves them trailing Liga Sagres leaders Leixoes by five points. Jesualdo Ferreira’s men travel to Kiev on Wednesday to face Dynamo.