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Arsenal will look to put their domestic woes to one side when they travel to Belgium to face Anderlecht later today, while Liverpool take on the might of Real Madrid – as Paddy Power’s marketing department goes into overdrive with a new attractive offer for punters.
The Gunners needed a late goal from Danny Welbeck, his fifth since moving to the club from Manchester United, at the weekend to salvage a point at home to Hull.
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The two goals conceded were the 10th and 11th the club have conceded this season, and left the Gunners 7th in the table with just two wins all season.
Ahead of the clash with the Belgian side boss, Arsene Wenger issued a rallying cry.
“Last year we had 17 clean sheets with the same defenders. We have not started to do that at the moment,” said Wenger.
“This season has been much harder. It’s difficult to say why because there’s not just one reason.
“It’s a post-World Cup year. It’s [also] because we had to play Besiktas to qualify for the Champions League without having everybody ready. We have missed many players.
“But our defensive efficiency is not there at the moment. You cannot survive at the top level by always conceding two goals. It’s impossible.”
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In addition to defensive lapses, the Gunners have also had plodded from injury crisis to the next and on Wednesday they will have David Ospina (hip), Mesut Ozil (knee) and Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) unavailable while Wojciech Szczesny is suspended.
With the club’s first and second choice keeper out, Wenger is to hand Argentine youngster Emiliano Martinez a start on Wednesday.
Aaron Ramsey should feature while Jack Wilshere will be assessed after limping off the weekend.
Anderlecht for their part are currently bottom of the group and a run of 5 successive home defeats in the UCL. They should have experienced defender Anthony Vanden Borre available for the game with the Gunners however Fabrice N’Sakala remains out of contention due to a knee problem.