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Arsenal official lineup to face FC Porto finally released

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In just a few moments, Arsenal will face off against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League at Estádio do Dragão, marking a critical point in their European campaign. As history sets the stage for the encounter, Arsenal’s past performances against Porto in the Champions League paint a compelling narrative of contrasting fortunes.

ARSENAL LINEUP TO FACE FC PORTO

Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Trossard, Havertz, Martinelli

SUBSTITUTES:

Ramsdale, Hein, Cedric, Sweet, Heaven, Elneny, Jorginho, Vieira, Nwaneri, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Nketiah

The Gunners boast an impeccable record at home against FC Porto, having secured victories in all three of their previous encounters with an impressive aggregate scoreline of 11-0. However, Arsenal’s away form tells a different tale, with the London-based club yet to register a win in three matches on Porto’s turf, managing only a draw and enduring two defeats.

Looking back to their successful venture past the round of 16 in the 2009-10 season, Arsenal overcame FC Porto with a commanding 6-2 aggregate triumph. Notably, Nicklas Bendtner’s hat-trick at the Emirates Stadium stands out as a memorable highlight from that memorable campaign.

Despite their previous successes, Arsenal has faced challenges at the round of 16 stage in recent years, exiting the competition at this juncture on nine occasions—making them the most eliminated team at this stage since the competition’s revised format in 2003-04. FC Porto, with an equal determination, have also faced recurring exits in the last 16, experiencing eight eliminations, showcasing the high stakes and fierce competition awaiting both teams tonight.

As Arsenal and FC Porto brace for another chapter in their European rivalry, tonight’s clash not only presents a chance for redemption but also underscores the enduring test of character and resilience in the elite realm of Champions League football.

Hello there, Am Mumbere Ausbel from Uganda and I am a writer at Arsenal True Fans and I love watching football matches so much because it's my favourite sport. I am an optimistic person who usually likes to look at the good side of everything.

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