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Wilshere and Mertesacker during an Arsenal training session ahead of their Champions League group game against Napoli, September 30Reuters

For many weeks in the summer months, tonnes of Arsenal fans dreamt of a striker that goes by the name of Gonzalo Higuain scoring goals for fun at the Emirates. Come Tuesday night, every single Gooner out there will be praying the Argentine doesn't find the back of the net in North London.

Arsenal host Higuain's new club Napoli in the Champions League in a match that promises to be a cracker if it goes according to plan.

The Gunners, who missed out on the signing of the Argentine in the summer, have been in red-hot form this season, and have won every single game since that opening day defeat to Aston Villa.

Arsene Wenger was smiling like a Cheshire cat, basking in his side's good form while pointing out that Arsenal were supposed to be in "crisis" after the first game - with his tongue firmly in cheek of course.

The fact that the Gunners have managed such a good run with plenty of their first-teamers out of action through injury just makes it all the more sweeter if you have an affinity to the club from north London.

Arsenal were impressive in their 2-1 win over Marseille on Matchday One, and will know it will be the home form that will determine who goes through in this year's group of death, that also includes last year's finalists Borussia Dortmund.

"We have started very well but you know if you win the second game at home you have a good chance to qualify," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "But I wouldn't say it's already a decisive game.

"It's a game that will have a great weight on the end result of the qualifying teams. Let's deal well with that situation then we will be in a very positive mood to finish the job."

If Arsenal get the better of Napoli on Tuesday, they will be in pole position to qualify with six points; however, the Italian side have been in great form as well this season, and will be buoyed by their own 2-1 win over Dortmund.

Rafa Benitez has assembled a side capable of going quite a long way in Europe's premier competition, and their quick counter-attacking style could cause Arsenal a few problems.

"What struck me in the Emirates Cup was when they win the ball they come out very quickly with (Jose) Callejon, (Marek) Hamsik, (Lorenzo) Insigne and Higuain, (who) come out like bombs all the time they win the ball. The transition from our side from offence to defence will have to be very quick," Wenger said."

Arsenal have been ruthless themselves in the counter-attack and with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere in their lineup, they have the capabilities to unlock any defence, even with a slow buildup.

Ozil will be playing his first Champions League game at home, and the elegant German will want to trump his former Real Madrid teammate Higuain, both of whom will be keen to impress for their new clubs.

Team News: Arsenal welcome back Tomas Rosicky from injury, with the Czech Republic international set to feature for the first time since the last international break. Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby, though, all remain ruled out.

Napoli have slight doubts over Higuain and Raul Albiol, with the duo set to undergo tests prior to the game to assess their availability.

Key Men: Arsenal: Olivier Giroud hasn't scored in the last couple of games, and while it will not bother the French international too much, the striker will want to pick off the Italian side's defenders and smash a couple into the back of the net.

Napoli: the Italian side's main man is Marek Hamsik, who seems to have thrived even more after the exits of Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi in the last couple of years. The Slovakian can be unplayable on his day, and the Arsenal defenders will have to be on their toes to keep the dynamic playmaker out.

Where to watch

The match is set for a 12.15 a.m. (IST, Wednesday) start with it scheduled for a live telecast on Ten Action.

Expected lineups: Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Ramsey; Gnabry, Ozil, Wilshere; Giroud.

Napoli: Reina; Mesto, Cannavaro, Albiol, Armero; Dzemaili, Inler; Callejon, Hamsik, Insigne; Higuain.

Prediction: 2-1 to Arsenal

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