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Published: Sunday 31 October 2010, 21.45CET

Match facts: Shakhtar v Arsenal


UEFA milestones
• This will be Shakhtar's 150th game in UEFA competition; they have conceded 196 goals.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Răzvan Raţ has committed 12 fouls, the joint highest total in the competition.

• Tomáš Hübschman will incur a ban with his next yellow card.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 30 October: FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0-1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Luiz Adriano 26)
Pyatov; Srna, Chygrynskiy, Rakitskiy, Raţ; Stepanenko, Gai (Vitsenets 88), Teixeira (Douglas Costa 46), Eduardo, Willian; Luiz Adriano (Marcelo Moreno 68)

• Darijo Srna was sent off in added time as Shakhtar claimed their tenth victory in 11 games. They have won 18 of their 21 fixtures this term.

• Shakhtar have kept clean sheets in nine of their ten home games this season, and five in ten fixtures on their travels.

• Shakhtar have lost just two of their last 30 matches in all competitions.

• The Ukrainian titleholders' last 32 league games have brought 29 wins, two draws and one defeat.

• On 23 October Shakhtar won 1-0 at home to FC Vorskla Poltava. A half-time substitute, Alex Teixeira scored the only goal and picked up two yellow cards in a 17-minute cameo.

• Mircea Lucescu became only the eighth coach to oversee 200 Ukrainian Premier League games against Vorskla, including the 2005/06 title-deciding play-off against FC Dynamo Kyiv. He reached the milestone with a record of 153 wins, 29 draws and 18 defeats.

• Vorskla was Shakhtar's 13th successive home win: they have not lost on their own turf in 48 matches, since 22 October 2008 and a 1-0 defeat by Sporting Clube de Portugal.

• Shakhtar beat third tier FC Poltava 2-0 in the Ukrainian Cup on 27 October. They will now meet the Premier League's bottom side, FC Metalurh Zaporizhya, in the quarter-finals on 10 November.

Injury news
• Jadson sat out the trip to Dnipro with a foot injury.

• Henrik Mkhitaryan missed the games against Vorskla, Poltava and Dnipro with an infection.

• Fernandinho is expected to be out for the group stage after breaking his right leg on 10 September.

• Eduardo's goal on Matchday 3 made him the first person to find the net at the Arsenal Stadium for three different clubs. The Croatia striker scored the first European goal at Arsenal's new ground, for NK Dinamo Zagreb, on 23 August 2006.


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

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Arsenal have scored 14 goals, more than any other side. Manchester United FC hold the record for goals scored in a UEFA Champions League group stage with 20 in 1998/99.

• The Gunners have collected one yellow card, the joint lowest total in the competition along with AS Roma.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 30 October: Arsenal FC 1-0 West Ham United FC (Song 88)
Fabiański; Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy; Song, Denilson (Walcott 67), Nasri, Fàbregas, Arshavin (Bendtner 80); Chamakh (Eboué 90)

• Arsenal stretched their winning run to five matches in all competitions thanks to Alex Song's late goal.

• Song has four goals to his name this term, including one in each of his last three appearances – he scored just once in 50 outings for club and country last term.

• The Gunners have kept three successive clean sheets – they managed two in their previous 12 games this term.

• The London club reached the League Cup quarter-finals for the eighth year in succession with a 4-0 win at Newcastle United FC on 27 October, Theo Walcott scoring twice.

• Marouane Chamakh has scored in five of his seven home games for Arsenal; he has registered only one away goal, at FK Partizan on Matchday 2.

• Arsenal will play Wigan Athletic FC in the League Cup quarter-finals in the week starting 29 November.

• Arsenal have won four of their last five away games, including the last two. The Newcastle victory followed a 3-0 success at ten-man Manchester City FC on 24 October.

Injury news
• Nicklas Bendtner had not played since the FIFA World Cup due to a groin problem before returning as a substitute against Birmingham City FC on 16 October.

• Bacary Sagna made his first appearance in three weeks at Manchester City after recovering from a thigh strain, while Laurent Koscielny returned at Newcastle following a back problem.

• Arsenal's injury list includes Robin van Persie (ankle, out since 28 August), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles, 7 September), Manuel Almunia (elbow, 25 September) and Abou Diaby (ankle, 16 October).

• Kieran Gibbs has been ruled out for "a few weeks" after suffering a medial knee ligament injury at Newcastle.

• Aaron Ramsey broke his right leg at Stoke City FC in February but has returned to training.

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

• Cesc Fàbregas has been shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d'Or; the winner will be announced in Zurich on 10 January. Arsène Wenger is one of ten nominees for coach of the year.

• Robert Pirès has been training at Arsenal after leaving Villarreal CF in the summer. The Frenchman scored 62 goals in 189 league appearances for the Gunners between 2000 and 2006.

• Jack Wilshere signed a new long-term contract on 1 November.

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