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A place in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final is on the line this evening as Arsenal host Wolfsburg at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw in Germany, leaving the semi-final match perfectly balanced before the second leg.
Arsenal continue to battle major injury problems, with Lea Williamson, Beth Mead and Viviane Miedema among their stars forced to watch from the touchline. The WSL title seems a long way off for Jonas Idival’s side, but there is still a chance to make this season historic if Arsenal add European glory to their Conte Cup success.
Wolfsburg was eliminated from the round of four by Barcelona a year ago and will look to find an opportunity for revenge, as the Spanish team awaits in the final who tops the summit tonight. Catch all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, featuring expert analysis from Simon Collings on the ground!
Pre-match thoughts from Eidevall
Jonas Edvall urged his side to leave “everything on the pitch” this evening as they look to keep their European dream alive.
“We’re going to put it all out there,” Edivall said at his press conference.
“It’s one game away from a dream, so let’s leave everything on the pitch. The players were fantastic in Germany, finding solutions in a really stressful situation. If we can do it again, I’ll be very proud.
“[Sell-out crowd] It is based on the players, coaches and people who were at this club before this team. It is amazing that this happened and we will do everything we can to repay our faith and return the favor.”
Jansen: Fewer mistakes and Wolfsburg will win
Dominik Jansen is in the Wolfsburg squad again tonight and has made it clear in the build-up to this match that she expects the visitors to get the job done.
“We saw that we were the better team,” Jansen said.
“We want to show it again away from home. We’re actually our opponents. We showed it again [in the first leg]. If we make fewer mistakes and become more consistent, we will definitely win the game.”
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Barcelona is waiting…
A reminder that Barcelona is waiting in the final for who will come out on top tonight.
The Spanish side beat Chelsea in the other semi-final, although it wasn’t exactly a comfortable night in the second leg…
Simon Collings in the UAE
It is a festive atmosphere outside the Emirates. Lots of young families and fans soaking up the sun, while a brass band plays outside the club shop too.
Atmosphere building in North London…
The familiar Gunners lineup
Arsenal were unchanged from the first leg, holding on to three full-backs from Wubben-Moy, Beattie and Rafaelle. Hurtig returned to the team but only had his name on the bench.
For Wolfsburg, the big news is the return of Pop after missing the match in Germany. It will be a real test for Arsenal’s defence.
Wolfsburg team news
Starting from the eleventh: Froms, Willems, Hendrich, Janssen, Rauch, Oberdorf, Rohrd, Huth, Pope, Jonsdottir, Bajor
Submarines: Agris, Bremer, Kassen, Demann, Walter, Blomqvist, Wesdemir, Asmut, Brand, Weiss, Hegering.
Arsenal team news
Starting from the eleventh: Zinsberger, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Rafaelle, Maritz, Maanum, Walti, Catley, Pelova, McCabe, and Blackstenius.
Subs: D’Angelo, Hurtig, Marckese, Kuhl, Wienroither, Goldie, Agyemang, Harbert, Reid.
Edivale: Sounds like a single club
Jonas Edvall says he feels supported by everyone, including owner Josh Kroenke – who visited him and the Arsenal squad after the first leg in Germany. Also in attendance were Chief Executive Vinai Venkatesham, Executive Vice President Tim Lewis and Board Member Lord Harris of Peckham.
“It was so nice to see them travel, I was able to talk to Josh and Tim after the game and they came down and he wished all the best to the players and staff for showing their support,” said Edifiali.
“I wanted to chat with them about the game and I really liked the post and I’ve said a lot during this season that this really feels like one club and this is another step in that direction.
“I saw Lord Harris on his way here and he’s a great figure in building this club. I think it was a strong message from them who come out here and show their support, it strengthens that feeling that we are one club.”