PREVIEW: Arsenal vs Porto


Arsenal will be looking to overturn a one-goal deficit to reach the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since 2010. They trail thanks to a last-gasp winner from Galeno in the first-leg, which has put The Gunner's progression in jeopardy. 

Both sides come into the second leg with confidence due to their recent domestic form. 

Injury News - Arsenal

Arsenal have welcomed back Takehiro Tomiyasu to training and there is some optimism that he may be involved in the squad. However, reports suggest that Gabriel Martinelli will miss out due to the foot injury he sustained against Sheffield United last Monday. Jurrien Timber contiunes to train with the rest of the squad but Mikel Arteta has not updated as to a potential return.

Injury News - Porto

The visitors have been boosted by the potential return of striker Mehdi Taremi, who missed out on the first leg due to injury. Ivan Marcano and Zaidu both continue to miss out having sustained long-term knee injuries.  


Despite Arsenal's defeat in Portugal, their form domestically has been imperious. They have won their last eight league matches, most recently beating Brentford 2-1 at The Emirates to go top of the Premier League. 

Porto have played four matches since they beat Arsenal, drawing once winning their last three games. This included a 5-0 drubbing of Benfica and most recently a 3-0 win away to Portimonense at the weekend. They are arguably in their best form of the season heading into this second leg. 

Recent History

The two sides have met seven times in the UEFA Champions League, with Arsenal winning three times, drawing once and losing three times. 


This is not going to be a simple affair for Arsenal. They are yet to win a European knock-out tie under Mikel Arteta and will need to be at their best if they are to overcome a stubborn Porto side.

It won't be easy, but we'll go with a 3-1 win to take us through to the quarter-finals.