UEFA Champions League : Arsenal vs Porto Match Preview and Lineups

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 Arsenal vs Porto Preview

Porto celebrated a hard-fought victory over Estrela during the weekend, but the win came with a significant setback as left-back Zaidu Sanusi suffered a devastating complete anterior cruciate ligament rupture, ruling him out for the rest of the season. This injury compounds Porto's defensive troubles, with Ivan Marcano also sidelined with an ACL injury and slim hopes of returning before the campaign concludes. As a result, manager Conceicao may look to Jorge Sanchez to bolster the team's defensive line, alongside the experienced 40-year-old veteran Pepe.

The stability of the midfield is also uncertain, with pivotal player Stephen Eustaquio's availability in question following his absence in the recent victory over Estrela. However, Alan Varela showed resilience by overcoming discomfort to play the full 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, Porto faces the loss of Mehdi Taremi to an adductor problem, leaving Evanilson to lead the attack. Evanilson, who has scored four goals in five group-stage games and a total of 19 for the 2023-24 season, shoulders the responsibility in Taremi's absence.

On the Arsenal front, Emile Smith Rowe made a timely return from an ankle concern, though he was only named on the bench against Burnley. However, the availability of key players such as Gabriel Jesus (knee), Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), and Takehiro Tomiyasu (knock) remains uncertain.

Additionally, Jurrien Timber is recovering from an ACL injury but has been included in Arsenal's squad for the knockout rounds. Thomas Partey (thigh) and Fabio Vieira (groin) are nearing comebacks from their respective operations, with Vieira possibly featuring against his former club, likely as a substitute. Manager Arteta is unlikely to make any changes to his in-form starting lineup unless there are unforeseen circumstances.

Porto possible starting lineup:
Costa; Mario, Pepe, Otavio, Sanchez; Varela, Gonzalez; Conceicao, Pepe, Galeno; Evanilson

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli

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