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Match facts: Arsenal v Partizan

Published: Sunday 5 December 2010, 21.45CET
Match facts: Arsenal v Partizan
Marouane Chamakh has an effort at the Partizan goal on Matchday 2 ©Getty Images

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Published: Sunday 5 December 2010, 21.45CET

Match facts: Arsenal v Partizan

Arsenal

UEFA milestones
• Arsenal have conceded 195 goals in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Arsenal have scored 15 goals, the joint highest total in the competition along with Tottenham Hotspur FC. Manchester United FC hold the record for goals scored in a UEFA Champions League group stage: 20 in 1998/99.

• Emmanuel Eboué will incur a suspension with his next booking.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 4 December: Arsenal FC 2-1 Fulham FC (Nasri 14 75; Kamara 30)
Fabiański; Sagna, Koscielny (Djourou 33), Squillaci, Clichy; Song, Wilshere (Walcott 74), Nasri, Rosický (Van Persie 63), Arshavin; Chamakh

• Samir Nasri has scored in Arsenal's last three league games and has eight Premier League goals this season; he managed six in 2008/09, his previous best.

• The Gunners are yet to concede in the opening 25 minutes of any game this season.

• Arsenal have lost three of their eight home league games this term, one more defeat than in the whole of last season.

• Arsène Wenger's side have kept just two clean sheets in their past nine games.

• Alex Song has four goals to his name this term – he scored just once in 50 outings for club and country last season.

• Arsenal reached the League Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 home win against Wigan Athletic FC on 30 November, an Antolín Alcaraz own goal giving them a half-time lead before Nicklas Bendtner added a second.

• The Gunners will play Championship club Ipswich Town FC in the last four on 12 and 25 January with the first leg at the Arsenal Stadium.

• Arsenal will face Leeds United AFC in the FA Cup third round on 8 January.

Injury news
• Laurent Koscielny had to be replaced before half-time on Saturday after colliding with Sébastien Squillaci in the build-up to Fulham's goal.

• Thomas Vermaelen has not played since 7 September due to an Achilles problem. He suffered a relapse in training on 8 November. "Vermaelen is in a [protective] boot," said Wenger on Monday. "We want him back and I hope he will be back soon, but not before January."

• Cesc Fàbregas (hamstring) and Eboué (knee ligament) both sustained injuries at Braga; Fàbregas has not played since but Eboué recovered to start against Wigan.

• Arsenal's injury list also includes Manuel Almunia (elbow, out since 25 September) and Abou Diaby (ankle, 16 October). The goalkeeper played 45 minutes for the club's reserve team on 23 November but suffered a relapse in training on 2 December.

• Robin van Persie was in the starting XI against Wigan, his first start since 28 August due to an ankle problem.

• Aaron Ramsey broke his right leg at Stoke City FC in February but has joined Championship club Nottingham Forest FC on loan until 3 January. He made his first appearance as a second-half substitute on 29 November.

• Emmanuel Frimpong will be sidelined until the new year after damaging knee ligaments in training in August.

Partizan

UEFA milestones
• Jadson's goal on Matchday 5 was the 250th the Serbian side have conceded UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Partizan have scored once in the group stage, the joint lowest total in the competition along with Bursaspor and Panathinaikos FC.

• Radosav Petrović, Saša Ilić and Almami Moreira will incur a ban with their next bookings.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 4 December: FK Partizan 5-2 FK Sloboda Sevojno
(Cléo 1 6, Petrović 13, Babović 25, Iliev 72; Stevančević 65, Ademović 77)
Stojković; Miljković (Jovanović 12), Savić, Krstajić, Kizito; Petrović, Babović, Ilić (Davidov 72), Moreira; Iliev, Cléo (Smiljanić 56)

• Partizan secured their place at the top of the Super League going into the winter break, finishing the first half of the season five points clear of second-placed FK Crvena zvezda.

• Partizan have won their last 11 matches in domestic competition; eight in the league and three in the Serbian Cup.

• Saturday's game was due to take place at Sevojno but the fixture was reversed after a request by the Uzice outfit, whose new stadium will be opened in February.

• Partizan have won 20 out of 22 in the league since Aleksandar Stanojević took over in April.

• Stanojević's side have scored three goals or more in each of their last eight domestic games, 31 in all.

• Partizan have scored 41 goals in 15 league games this season – no other side have managed more than 23.

• The Belgrade outfit have lost just one of their last 48 league matches, a 2-0 defeat at FK Vojvodina on 3 October.

• Stefan Babović, Ivica Iliev and Cléo have all scored five goals in Partizan's last five games.

• Babović and Iliev struck two apiece as Partizan beat FK Metalac 5-0 on 28 November, their biggest league win of the season.

• Babović's second goal came direct from a corner.

• Partizan will face Crvena zvezda in the Serbian Cup semi-finals in the spring.

Injury news
• Right-back Aleksandar Miljković was withdrawn 13 minutes into the Sevojno win after complaining of muscular pains.

Last updated: 06/12/10 18.20CET

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