Arsenal face Dinamo Zagreb in Zagreb on Wednesday night, and would be coming up against a side that has become invincible in their country, winning the Croatian League unbeaten.
We now look at three things Arsenal will need to do to ensure there is no offset in Zagreb.
1. Rotation is necessary
The Gunners have three games in one week and have kick-started it with the home win against Stoke City after coming off an international break where most of the starting line-up participated heavily.
Now, they are expected to travel to Zagreb looking at a crucial London derby against Chelsea early on Saturday.
One big concern for Arsene Wenger will be fatigue, coupled with the fact that Zagreb are no pushovers given their current form.
It’s important to win our first game in the Champions league as Wenger said, but we also have the quality to beat Zagreb on our bench.
It’d be wise to rest players like Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny, with chances being handed to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell and Callum Chambers.
Keiran Gibbs is also another player that should get a run in. With the susceptibility of Arsenal players to injury; this will be a chance for Wenger to avoid injuries that are stress related.
2. Arsenal will have to be focused
Arsenal are a much tougher opposition than any team Dinamo Zagreb has faced in the last 3 years, but their home ground is not an easy place to play, with the crowd influence.
Whatever team the manager decides to put out there, being focused on the game at hand should be the first thing on their minds, forgetting the London derby against Jose Mourinho’s side on Saturday.
3. We would need to be very clinical
Zagreb looks like that type of team that will set out to frustrate any top team and hold out for counter attacks.
With rotation likely to be implemented by Wenger on Wednesday, whichever attacking options chosen on the day would have to be very clinical and try to get an early goal, because the longer the game stays goalless, the better it would be for Dinamo.