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Arsenal v Ludogorets: Champions League – live!

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Gibbs; Coquelin, Cazorla; Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez

Subs: Cech, Gabriel, Xhaka, Monreal, Iwobi, Elneny, Lucas

Hello and welcome. Apart from that freakish defeat to Liverpool in the first game of the campaign, everything’s gone pretty swell for Arsenal so far this season. They’re unbeaten in 10 matches since then, having won the last six, and they’re purring in all sectors. Hector Bellerin is confirming he’s one of the best right-backs around, Shkodran Mustafi is looking good alongside Laurent Koscielny, Granit Xhaka has helped solidify midfield, Alex Iwobi is boss, and the crack predator in the Theo Walcott mask just keeps scoring, except when he’s blazing wide so as not blow his cover. It’s all starting to feel quite odd.

Arsenal fans must be wondering whether this, finally, is the season when all of Arsene Wenger’s carefully laid plans will bear fruit or is this just a cruel set-up to another let-down? I’m saying the former because I’m a blue sky kind of guy. But we all know that Arsenal are just one bad result away from a mushroom cloud of crisis talk. Ludogorets are in town to trigger exactly that.

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