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Arsenal v Anderlecht: Match preview

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Jack Wilshere will miss the visit of Anderlecht on Tuesday through sickness, however, Arsene Wenger has recently admitted that Arsenal's recent injury woes are "reaching the end of the tunnel."

With Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and Mesut Ozil still recovering from long-term injuries respectively, the return of Yaya Sanogo, Mikael Arteta and Aaron Ramsey have given the Gunners a huge boost ahead of the Champions League match at the Emirates. Theo Walcott could also make his first start since he picked up that venomous injury against Tottenham in the FA Cup all the way back in January.

No injury worries are crossing the mind of Anderlecht boss Besnik Hasi, so he will be expected to name the same squad who put in a thorough performance in Belgium a fortnight ago, despite their failed efforts to keep Arsenal at bay.

The second coming

How can that game go unmentioned though? Andy Najar netted a cool finish with just 19 minutes left on the clock, much to the dismay of Arsenal who had battled so fiercely throughout.

But a composed last minute goal from Kieran Gibbs inspired a magical comeback for Wenger's side. Lukas Podolski then dramatically capitalised on a defensive error to smash the ball into the top corner hardly 60 seconds later.

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Victory for the Gunners could see them through to the next stages of the Champions League as they stand five points clear of rivals Galatasaray and their opponents for this huge tie. 

"It was not easy for us to adapt to him and for him to adapt to us" - Arsene Wenger

The Sanchez effect

In-form Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has exploded since his summer arrival at the Emirates, scoring seven goals in all competitions, and is expected to start the game alongside the England international.

In a press conference after the 3-0 home victory against Burnley at the weekend, Wenger quoted: "It was not easy for us to adapt to him and for him to adapt to us. Thankfully that hasn't taken long and now he is showing how good he is."

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