Arsene Wenger will be looking for a positive result against Dynamo Kyiv after a difficult few days for his Arsenal side.
Saturday’s 3-0 loss at City was their heaviest for 20 months, their second in succession and served to compound an awful week in which now deposed captain William Gallas’s criticised his team-mates.
“The ideal way to deal with the situation is to play well tomorrow and to show we have a united attitude and the ability and the strength to deal with it,” said Wenger who, having excluded Gallas on Saturday, confirmed the French defender would return against Dynamo.
“William is a player I rate and a man I rate as well,” said Wenger. “He can be even stronger as a player because he took the problems of the team to his heart. Even if we are frustrated at the moment, it is not all doom and gloom. This squad has a fantastic future.”
Yet their immediate prospects are not helped by an injury list swollen to nine by training-ground injuries on the eve of this match to Abou Diaby (stomach) and Samir Nasri (knee).
Dynamo coach Yuri Semin dimissed suggestions that Arsenal’s troubles spelt good news for a visiting team defeated in seven of eight previous trips to England.
“It will be good for Dynamo if we play our best possible match and our players play to their potential,” he said. “Arsenal’s problems are their own business, it’s not important for us. I’m more concerned about the fact we managed to lose our last game against xPorto.”
Dynamo are missing defender Taras Mikhalik and should begin with Artem Milevskiy as a lone striker as they seek to maintain an impressive away record that has yielded four points from a possible six.