Ludogorets v Arsenal: Champions League – live

Ludogorets: Borjan; Minev, Palomino, Moti, Natanael; Abel, Dyakov; Cafu, Marcelinho, Wanderson; Keseru. Subs: Stoyanov, Cicinho, Sasha, Quixada, Plastun, Lukoki, Misidjan.

Arsenal: Ospina; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Coquelin, Xhaka; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud. Subs: Cech, Holding, Gabriel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elneny, Iwobi, Maitland-Niles.

Hello. Breaking news: it’s November. Fine, it’s not news. But that doesn’t mean a chill didn’t go down the spine of every sensible Arsenal supporter this morning. This, after all, has traditionally been the month when a few things start to go wrong in their season and a fine, encouraging start gives way to angst and anger and the occasional level-headed debate on ArsenalFanTV about whether Arsene Wenger is a TREACHEROUS DISGRACE WHO NEEDS TO GET OUT OF MY CLUB NOW or AN UNDISPUTED LEGEND WHO CAN DO NO WRONG. If Arsenal happen to lose to Ludogorets tonight, do keep an eye on YouTube later, it’s bound to be entertaining.

The stats aren’t too encouraging. November has long been the worst month in Arsenal’s season under Wenger, their points per game in the Premier League dropping to an average of 1.59. How to explain it? Some put it down to injuries, others say it’s because they’re too often gripped by the need to avert catastrophe in their Champions League group. Maybe it’s a protest against daylight saving. Whatever the reason, though, they could do without another mini collapse this time, because they’ve been building some impressive momentum since losing to Liverpool on the opening day of the season. Unbeaten in all competitions since that 4-3 defeat, they’re level with Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, lead their Champions League group on goal difference and have been playing some scintillating football.

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