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Sokratis Papastathopoulos ready to face Arsenal despite broken leg

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One man is so desperate to play Arsenal in the next seven days that he is willing to play through thew pain of a broken leg to make sure he does not miss the clash that will be crucial for what happens in February.

According to the Daily Mirror, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ready to turn out for Borussia Dortmund's Champion League group stage clash at Emirates Stadium next Wednesday just two weeks afar suffering a fracture in his leg.

Incredible Recovery

Apparently the joint in his leg was not displaced in the challenge on Andre Hahn in BVB's 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend and so he is able to run on it. However, two weeks sounds painfully short for a broken leg.

It means things will be even tougher for Arsene Wenger's men, who go into the match with their last home Champions League match fresh in the memory. Anderlecht looked dead and buried at 3-0 down, but some horrific defending from the Gunners let the lead slip.

Finishing second in their group, when winning it was within their grasp, has been the Gunners' speciality the last few seasons

It meant that Arsenal will now need to defeat Jürgen Klopp's side by three goals next week at the Emirates Stadium, then win away in Galatasaray and hope the Germans do not defeat Anderlecht at home in the final round of fixtures in Group D.

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Only then can Arsenal finish top of the group and so be more likely to get a favourable draw when the round of 16 is laid out. There is still a chance that they do not qualify, but they need only a point from the next two games to make sure of qualification.

Finishing second in their group, when winning it was within their grasp, has been the Gunners' speciality the last few seasons and they have suffered in the next round as a consequence. Bayern Munich were their opponents in the past two years and going out at that stage has become the norm.

Big Week Ahead

Wenger has enough to think about with the visit of Manchester United on Saturday evening, so this next week looks set to be a huge test of his and his players' mettle. Two wins will do wonders for their confidence and could be exactly what they needed to get their Premier League title challenge on track.

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