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CSKA Moscow v Arsenal (17 October) match fact


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CSKA Moscow(home) 2.80 Draw 3.20 Arsenal 2.25 ------------------------------ With midfielders Freddie Ljungberg and Julio Baptista out through injury, Arsenal have called up Denilson for the Champions League trip to Russia. The Brazil Under-19 captain, who has yet to make his debut, joined from Sao Paulo on transfer deadline day. Left-back Emmanuel Eboue is still sidelined by a knee problem, but on the opposite flank there is positive news with Gael Clichy included after injury. Philippe Senderos, Lauren and Abou Diaby remain sidelined through injury. Definitions of terms used:- Champions League (CL) - only group phase matches and beyond of this competition which began in 1992-93. Champions Cup/Champions League - all matches played since it began in 1955-56 including qualification matches. European matches - all matches played in the major European tournaments (Fairs Cup, Uefa Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Champions Cup, Champions League). Uefa Super Cups, Intertoto Cups and the old Intercontinental Cup competition are excluded. Head-to-heads CSKA Moscow and Arsenal have never met before in any European competition. CSKA have lost all three of their matches against English opposition. In the 2004-05 CL they were beaten twice by Chelsea (2-0 away, 0-1 home). Their last match against an English side was the European Super Cup in 2005 which they lost 3-1 to Liverpool. Arsenal have played Russian opponents six times before, winning twice and losing three times. Three matches in Russia resulted in two defeats and a draw. The stalemate dates back to September 2003 when the Gunners' CL group phase match at Lokomotiv Moscow finished 0-0. European history This season is CSKA Moscow's 13th in European football but only the third in the Champions League. They played in the inaugural Champions League in 1992-93, finishing bottom of Group A. In the 2004-05 season they were third in Group H behind FC Porto and Chelsea, and went on to win the Uefa Cup that year, which remains their only European silverware to date. Arsenal are making their ninth appearance in the CL main competition and their seventh consecutively. Last season's beaten finalists have won two European trophies: the 1970 Fairs Cup and the 1994 Cup Winners' Cup. Current European form CSKA have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four European matches, including two in the CL. They are one of five teams yet to concede a goal in this season's competition, along with Bayern Munich, Lyon, PSV and AC Milan. Arsenal are on a four match winning run in Europe, and unbeaten in seven. Their last away defeat came on 22 February 2005 at Bayern Munich (3-1). Player and disciplinary info Sergei Ignashevich is CSKA's most experienced player and top scorer in this competition with 31 matches and two goals. Brazilians Vagner Love and Dudu are the only other players in CSKA's squad who have scored in a CL match. Thierry Henry has made 80 Champions League appearances. He is the Gunners' most experienced player is this competition and most prolific scorer. His goal in the last match marked his 50th in all European competitions and 42nd in the CL. Other miscellaneous facts Arsenal are three goals shy of conceding their 100th goal in the Champions Cup. CSKA Moscow won 2-1 at home to Rubin Kazan at the weekend to remain top of the Russian Premier League, two points ahead of city rivals Lokomotiv and Sparta. Arsenal continued their rise up the Premiership table with a 3-0 home win over Watford. It was their sixth successive victory in all competitions. Big Match Stats source: Infostrada Sports Please provide the link next time when you copy/paste info from other sources Please contact Paul Ross (site administrator) for links in your signature

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