Schalke out to score double over Gunners

Bundesliga side are looking for a repeat of their victory at the Emirates Stadium

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2012, 2:46am


Schalke 04 are aiming to add to Arsenal's recent woes by scoring their second win over the Gunners tonight and stay top of group B in the Champions League.

Schalke stunned the Gunners 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago with Dutch stars Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay scoring second-half goals.

Both teams suffered away defeats on the domestic front over the weekend.

The Royal Blues fell to a shock defeat at struggling Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, while Arsenal were beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford by Manchester United in the Premier League.

Schalke had their five-match unbeaten streak ended in Sinsheim, but with north London giants Arsenal as their Gelsenkirchen guests, captain Benedikt Hoewedes has said his side have everything to play for at the Veltins Arena.

"We won in London, why shouldn't we succeed in front of our own fans at the Veltins Arena?" said the 24-year-old centre-back. "I think we have every chance. We will not be thrown off by a defeat.

"We have to concentrate on the next task.

"The result, of course, is a step back, but overall, we put in a good performance against Hoffenheim, dominated the game and we created a number of chances.

"We simply need to be more consistent in some situations, both going forward and at the back."

While Schalke fans are already dreaming of the knockout phase, Peru wing Jefferson Farfan said the old cliche "one game at a time" must be adhered to.

"We can't afford to look into the future and we have to take each game as it comes," he said, with Olympiacos and Montpellier also in the group. "We were fully focused in London and we must do that again."

Arsenal's faltering season took a turn for the worse with defeat at Old Trafford, their third loss in five games.

Since losing at home to Schalke, Arsenal ground out a 1-0 win at home to Queen Park Rangers at the end of October, then produced a piece of football history by fighting back from 4-0 down to win 7-5 at Reading in the League Cup.

Wenger's team have struggled for consistency and former captain Tony Adams believes they will not find it easy to qualify for next season's Champions League and criticised them for failing to keep their best players.

"If Wenger gets them into the top four he's done brilliantly," said the 46-year-old Adams.

"You need to keep your best players and in recent years we've let them go a bit easy."