The players are out on the pitch and action will start soon. I am so excited for this one to get underway!
Yes of course I am going to include some snack chat before the players head out to the pitch. I am yet to choose my snack of choice, I have the option of pringles or smarties and I cannot choose! What have you gone for? Let me know via email or Twitter.
Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall has spoken about how Mead’s presence will be filled within the team. He said: “The responsibility in a team is always shared, the team will always have an output. It is obviously on me to create that output as best as possible.”
There were two other matches played earlier today. Barcelona hosted Bayern Munich at Camp Nou and Barca were victorious in a 3-0 result. Lyon and Zurich, the two other teams in Group C, also competed with the defending champions winning 3-0. Benfica and Rosengard kick-off at the same team as Juventus v Arsenal and I’ll keep you up to date on that score as best I can.
The third round of the Women’s Champions League group stage got underway yesterday and among the matches was Chelsea v Real Madrid. It was the first time the two has ever played one another and the Blues came out 2-0 victors. Catch up with all the action here:
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Montemurro also spoke specifically about meeting with Arsenal and said: “It’ll be a pleasure for me to face Arsenal. I spent four wonderful years in London, bonding with many people, and it will be wonderful to meet them again.”
There will be another reunion apart from Hurtig seeing former teammates as Juventus manager Joe Montemurro previously coaches Arsenal. He won the Women’s Super League with the team and has spoken on his sadness at Mead’s injury. “I know Beth will come back stronger, I know Beth will be chomping at the bit to get back and work hard. I can only wish her all the best because she deserves the best, as a person and as a friend. We grew together and joined the club at similar times and had four fabulous years together so I can only wish her all the best, she will come back stronger, no doubt.”
Lina Hurtig, though injured and not on the team sheet this evening, will have been helpful to her side in the build-up to the game. She signed for Arsenal from Juventus in the summer and she will have insights into the club. Will they help? We will soon find out …
Juventus have made four changes to their starting squad from their 2-1 win over Parma on Saturday. Peyraud-Magnin, Salvai, Grosso and Bonansea come in and Sara Bjork Gunnardsottir is not involved in the squad due to a thigh injury.
Juventus starting XI: Peyraud-Magnin, Lenzini, Rosucci, Salvai, Boattin, Caruso, Pedersen, Grosso, Bonansea, Girelli, Beerensteyn
Arsenal have made one change to their starting 11 from their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United. Vivianne Miedema comes in for the injured Beth Mead.
Arsenal starting XI: Zinsberger, Wienroither, Wubben-Moy, Catley, McCabe, Walti, Maanum, Miedema, Nobbs, Foord, Blackstenius
Juventus team news is also out so stay tuned!
Good evening and welcome back to our coverage of the Women’s Champions League. Tonight Arsenal travel to Juventus to attempt to keep their unbeaten run in the competition on track.
The Gunners have so far defeated Lyon 5-1 and Zurich 3-1 to top Group C. They are trailed by Juventus by two points after they registered a 1-1 draw with Lyon and a 2-0 win over Zurich. A win over Arsenal this evening would see the Italian club top the group.
Arsenal’s biggest worry tonight will come in the form of injuries. We have had conformation that star forward Beth Mead has torn her ACL and will be out for months. She adds to the list of injuries at the club including Leah Williamson and Rafaelle Souza.
Let’s take a look at who Jonas Eidevall has called upon for tonight’s match. The team news is out ahead of kick-off at 8pm GMT.