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Match facts: Arsenal v Braga

Published: Saturday 11 September 2010, 1.45CET delves into all the latest facts and figures ahead of the UEFA Champions League fixture, with competition milestones, up-to-date injury news and recent domestic information.
Match facts: Arsenal v Braga
Arsenal are the opposition for Braga's maiden match at this stage of the competition ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 11 September 2010, 1.45CET

Match facts: Arsenal v Braga delves into all the latest facts and figures ahead of the UEFA Champions League fixture, with competition milestones, up-to-date injury news and recent domestic information.


UEFA milestones
• Arsenal's next defeat in UEFA competition will be their 50th.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Saturday 11 September: Arsenal FC 4-1 Bolton Wanderers FC
(Koscielny 24, Chamakh 58, Song 78, Vela 83; Elmander 44)

Almunia; Eboué, Koscielny, Squillaci, Gibbs; Rosický, Fàbregas, Song, Wilshere (Diaby 59; Denilson 72); Arshavin; Chamakh (Vela 81)

• Arsenal extended their unbeaten start to the season to four matches against a Bolton side that finished with ten men following Gary Cahill's 64th-minute red card. The Gunners have won their last three games.

• Laurent Koscielny scored his first goal for Arsenal while another summer signing, Marouane Chamakh, has scored on his first two home appearances for his new club. The latter's goal against Bolton was Arsenal's 1,000th under Arsène Wenger.

• Sébastien Squillaci made his Arsenal debut in place of the injured Thomas Vermaelen, while there was a first appearance of the season for Kieran Gibbs.

• Theo Walcott scored his first club hat-trick in Arsenal's 6-0 home win against Blackpool FC on 21 August. The 21-year-old also hit three in England's 4-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory in Croatia on 10 September 2008.

• Arsenal will visit Tottenham Hotspur FC in the League Cup third round on 21 September.

Injury news    
• Vermaelen missed the Bolton game with an Achilles problem, while substitute Abou Diaby lasted only 13 minutes before going off with a leg injury.

• Robin van Persie has been ruled out until mid-October after suffering an ankle injury against Blackburn Rovers FC on 28 August.

• Walcott sprained his ankle in England's win against Switzerland on 7 September and has been sidelined for four to six weeks.

• Samir Nasri underwent surgery on a minor knee problem on 18 August.

• Nicklas Bendtner has not played since the FIFA World Cup due to a groin injury, while an abdominal strain had prevented Denilson playing this season before his substitute appearance on Saturday.

• Aaron Ramsey has not played since breaking his right leg at Stoke City FC in February.

• Emmanuel Frimpong is expected to be sidelined for six to nine months after damaging his cruciate knee ligament in training in August.

Summer transfers
Sébastien Squillaci (Sevilla FC)
Laurent Koscielny (FC Lorient)
Marouane Chamakh (FC Girondins de Bordeaux)

Eduardo (FC Shakhtar Donetsk)
William Gallas (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Mikaël Silvestre (SV Werder Bremen)
Sol Campbell (Newcastle United FC)
Philippe Senderos (Fulham FC)
Fran Mérida (Club Atlético de Madrid)
Armand Traoré (Juventus, loan)

International news
UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying unless stated.

• Friday 3 September:
France 0-1 Belarus – Gaël Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby
Andorra 0-2 Russia – Andrey Arshavin
Belgium 0-1 Germany – Thomas Vermaelen
England 4-0 Bulgaria – Theo Walcott
Liechtenstein 0-4 Spain – Cesc Fàbregas (sub)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-1 Italy, U21s – Vito Mannone

• Saturday 4 September:
Ivory Coast 3-0 Rwanda, Africa Cup of Nations qualifying – Emmanuel Eboué (goal)
Morocco 0-0 Central African Republic, Africa Cup of Nations qualifying – Marouane Chamakh
Mexico 1-2 Ecuador, friendly – Carlos Vela

• Tuesday 7 September:
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-2 France – Gaël Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby
Czech Republic 0-1 Lithuania – Tomáš Rosický
Russia 0-1 Slovakia – Andrey Arshavin
Turkey 3-2 Belgium – Thomas Vermaelen
Switzerland 1-3 England – Theo Walcott
Argentina 4-1 Spain, friendly – Cesc Fàbregas
Mexico 1-0 Colombia , friendly – Carlos Vela
England 3-0 Lithuania, U21s – Jack Wilshere (sub)
Italy 1-0 Wales, U21s – Vito Mannone

• Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere made their senior England debuts in the 2-1 friendly win against Hungary on 11 August.

• England will face Romania in October's UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after advancing as one of four best runners-up; Italy take on Belarus.

• Gilles Sunu scored France's first goal in their 2-1 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final win against Spain in July.

• On 14 August Wenger signed a three-year contract extension, keeping him at Arsenal until June 2014.

• Arsenal have renamed two of the stands at their home stadium as the North Bank and the Clock End, echoing the equivalent names at Highbury prior to the club's move in 2006. A new version of the famous Arsenal clock has been installed at the Clock End.


UEFA milestones
• This match is Braga's first in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Elderson and Leandro Salino serve one-game bans on Matchday 1.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 11 September: FC Porto 3-2 SC Braga (Varela 33 70, Hulk 63; Aguiar 16, Lima 61)
Felipe; Sílvio, Moisés, Rodríguez, Elderson (Miguel Garcia 65); Vandinho, Leandro Salino, Luís Aguiar (Hugo Viana 72); Alan, Lima (Matheus 67), Paulo César

• Braga suffered their first Liga defeat since a 1-0 loss to last season's eventual champions SL Benfica on 27 March.

• Scorer of a hat-trick against Sevilla FC in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, Lima's goal was his first in the Liga for Braga.

• Braga opened their 2010/11 league campaign with a 3-1 home win against promoted Portimonense SC on 13 August. They were subsequently held to a goalless draw at Vitória FC before beating CS Marítimo 1-0 thanks to Sílvio's first goal for the club.

• That victory was Domingos Paciência's 16th in 17 home league matches in charge. A. Naval 1º Maio were the last team to take points off Braga at the Municipal Stadium, drawing 0-0 on 13 December 2009.

Injury news
• Quim ruptured his right Achilles tendon in pre-season training and is expected to be out until the new year.

• Mossoró featured in a 4-1 friendly victory over third-tier FC Vizela on 1 September – his first appearance since fracturing his right leg against Benfica in March.

Summer transfers
Lima (CF Os Belenenses)
Ladji Keita (Vitória FC)
Elderson (Stade Rennais FC)
Artur (AS Roma)
Sílvio (Rio Ave FC)
Leandro Salino (CD Nacional)
Hélder Barbosa (Vitória FC)
Custódio (Vitória SC)
Quim (SL Benfica)
Hugo Viana (Valencia CF)
Marcos (AC Renate)
George Lucas (Santos FC)
José Collado (Villarreal CF)
Élton (CR Vasco da Gama, loan)
Luis Aguiar (FC Dinamo Moskva, loan)
Felipe (SC Corinthians Paulista, loan)
Léo Fortunato (Cruzeiro EC, loan)

Eduardo (Genoa CFC)
Evaldo (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
Pawel Kieszek (FC Porto)
Filipe Oliveira (Torino FC)
Diogo Valente (A. Académica de Coimbra, loan)

International news
UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying unless stated.

• Tuesday 7 September:
Norway 1-0 Portugal – Sílvio

• Sílvio made his Portugal debut against Norway having been an unused substitute in the 4-4 draw with Cyprus four days earlier.

• Alberto Rodríguez remained on the bench during Peru's 2-1 friendly win against Jamaica in the United States.

Last updated: 13/09/10 17.34CET

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