Champions League Preview Dynamo Kiev vs Arsenal

Arsenal have travelled to Kiev without the injured duo of Samir Nasri and Silvestre in what is normally a tricky tie. The good news is that Clichy and Eboue are fit after picking up injuries in the whitewash at Blackburn Rovers. The team is in a high, but there are a few pointers to this game

– The Ukrainian side did not pick up a single point in the 2007/08 group stage – the worst record of any of the 32 teams

– Dynamo, who finished second in the Ukrainian Premier League last season, have a new man at the helm in Yuri Semin and will hope for a positive start

– Arsenal for all their pedigree, have lost on all three previous visits to Ukraine

– Dynamo have had the better of past matches against Arsenal. When the teams met in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League group stage, Dynamo earned a 1-1 draw at Highbury and then won the return 3-1 in Ukraine

– Dynamo won the sides’ second meeting in Kiev 2-1 in the 2003/04 group stage. Maksim Shatskikh and Valentin Belkevich struck for the home side with Thierry Henry replying late on. However, Arsenal won the return 1-0 through an Ashley Cole goal and ended up topping the group with Dynamo down in fourth place

– Arsenal got the better of an FC Lokomotiv Moskva side coached by Semin in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League group stage. After a goalless draw in Russia, the London team won 2-0 at home in their final game to secure first place in the section – and eliminate their opponents



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