Arsenal take on Deportivo La Coruna

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Arsenal host Spain's Deportivo La Coruna in London in a clash between the top two teams in Group D of the second stage of the Champions League.

Arsenal take on Deportivo La Coruna

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Arsenal host Spain's Deportivo La Coruna in London in a clash between the top two teams in Group D of the second stage of the Champions League.The Londoners have been in great form of late and will be confident that they will reach the quarterfinals of the Champions' League for the second year in a row."I believe we are in front of a massive game for us, and we want to do the job. And I am really convinced that doing the job will push us through to the quarterfinals. That's why, for me, tomorrow is a big game," said Arsene Wenger, Manager, Arsenal.Also back to strengthen the Gunners will be the in-form Thierry Henry. The french striker had to sit out Arsenal's FA cup quarterfinal game against Newcastle because of a suspension. Deportivo though are on a high as well after they ruined Real Madrid's 100th birthday celebration last week by winning the Spanish Cup at Bernabeu.Deportivo also have a strong record against English clubs, with six wins in nine games. The Spanish side also have the psychological advantage after they beat Arsenal 2-0 in Spain last November.The other Group D encounter has Italian giants Juventus travelling to Germany to face Bayern Leverkusen. Juventus had lost their last Champions League game to Deportivo and must now win to have any chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals. Juventus though will be without Alessandro Del Piero and Lilian Thurman because of injury.Leverkusen, who are the Bundesliga leaders, will be hoping to overturn the 4-1 drubbing they got at the hands of Arsenal on match Day 10. Leverkusen are last in their group behind Juventus on goal difference and only a win will keep their chances of reaching the next round alive.Real Madrid have a perfect record in the second phase of the Champions League. The Group C leaders are the first team to have qualified for the quarterfinals and will be looking to go one better than their 3-2 win over Sparta Prague in the first leg.



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