Arsenal v Schalke: Huntelaar aims to end Gunners’ Emirates record
Arsenal v Schalke: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar says Die Knappen can win at The Emirates in the Champions League group stage
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has warned Arsenal that Schalke will set out to win at The Emirates when the Bundesliga outfit face the Gunners in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Schalke were 2-1 winners against defending German champions Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, while Arsenal lost to Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Huntelaar believes stopping Arsenal’s “marvellous” midfielders will be key to Schalke becoming the first side to beat the Gunners at home in the Champions League group stage since their move from Highbury to The Emirates.
“We want to win at the Emirates,” said Huntelaar. “After dropping two points against Montpellier in the last match we want a point as a minimum.
“We have to close down the spaces and keep it tight between midfield and defence.
“We have to stop not only Lukas Podolski but also their marvellous midfield.
“That’s our first task and the second task is to play aggressively defensively and offensively like we did in the 2-1 win at Dortmund.”
Pre-match facts: Arsenal v Schalke
• Arsenal, who finished third in the 2011-12 Premier League, are taking part in the group stage for the 15th season in a row. For only the second time in seven campaigns they did not have to negotiate a qualifying round.
• Schalke are making their fifth Champions League appearance and when they were last involved, in the 2010-11 campaign, they recovered from their 1-0 defeat at Lyon on matchday one to win seven of their next nine fixtures with the other two drawn.
• Wenger’s side won four of their five home games in last season’s competition, the exception a 0-0 draw with Marseille on matchday four.