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Arsenal XI vs Porto: Confirmed lineup, team news, and injury latest for Champions League today…



Arsenal’s starting lineup against Porto has been confirmed, along with the latest injury updates. The Gunners are aiming to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010. Fabio Vieira may return for today’s Champions League match, but Thomas Partey is still sidelined.


Arsenal’s predicted starting lineup for the upcoming match against an undisclosed opponent is as follows: Raya in goal, with White, Saliba, Gabriel, and Kiwior forming the defensive line. In midfield, Odegaard, Rice, and Havertz are expected to take charge. Up front, Saka, Trossard, and Martinelli will lead the attacking line.


Unfortunately, Timber, Tomiyasu, and Zinchenko will be unable to participate due to injuries. The Arsenal squad for the match includes Ramsdale, Raya, Hein, Gabriel, Cedric, Kiwior, Saliba, White, Elneny, Havertz, Jorginho, Odegaard, Partey, Rice, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Jesus, Martinelli, Nelson, Nketiah, Saka, and Trossard.


The match is scheduled to take place at Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 8pm GMT.


Arsenal may see the return of Fabio Vieira for today’s Champions League match against Porto, however, Thomas Partey will remain sidelined.


Vieira has been recovering from groin surgery since November, while Partey has been out of action since October due to a thigh injury.


Both players have resumed training and participated in Arsenal’s session on Tuesday morning at their training ground in London Colney.


The team was scheduled to depart for Porto on Tuesday afternoon, with Vieira included in the squad for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie. Unfortunately, Partey did not make the trip.


The Gunners have not advanced beyond this stage of the Champions League since 2010, when they defeated Porto.


Partey and Vieira’s comebacks are positive developments for Mikel Arteta, despite the absence of Gabriel Jesus (knee), Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), and Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf).


The trio were absent from training on Tuesday morning, leaving Arsenal with limited defensive options.


Jakub Kiwior, who has been in the starting lineup for the past two matches, is expected to retain his spot at left-back.


Arteta’s main dilemma is deciding who to play up front in light of Jesus’ absence for the match in Portugal.


Leandro Trossard may once again lead the attack after impressing as a false nine recently, although Kai Havertz is also a possibility as a target man.