Arsenal's unfinished business

 

SOCCER: Arsenal welcome back Freddie Ljungberg to their squad for tonight's Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund as they finally look to make their mark on Europe.

The Swedish midfielder has recovered from a hip injury that has kept him out all season and is expected to be on the bench for the match against the German champions.

"If we want to be one of the big clubs in Europe, we have to win the Champions League," said captain Patrick Vieira.

Last season, Arsenal went out of a group including Bayer Leverkusen, who went on to reach the final.

The Gunners beat Leverkusen 4-1 at home, only to concede a late equaliser away that ultimately cost them qualification.

"We saw them in the final and thought, that could be us," Vieira added. "We were a bit disappointed because we beat them at home and we played a fantastic game."

Dortmund go into the game having drawn their last four league games. They will also be without their playmaker Tomas Rosicky.

The Czech Republic midfielder injured his thigh in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Schalke and should be replaced by the Germany midfielder Torsten Frings.

ARSENAL (probable 4-4-2); Seaman; Lauren, Keown, Campbell, Cole; Silva, Vieira, Edu, Wiltord ; Bergkamp, Henry.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND (probable 4-3-1-2) Lehmann; Evanilson, Worns, Metzelder, Dede; Reuter, Kehl, Heinrich; Frings; Koller, Ewerthon.

Referee: A Frisk (Sweden).

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for an overhaul of the video evidence system after the FA said it would investigate Thierry Henry over an elbow incident in the match against Charlton over the weekend, but would take no further action over David Beckham's apparent use of the elbow against Lee Bowyer.

The Arsenal manager said that the FA should introduce an automatic review of all such incidents to end what he described as "illogical" differences in the current system.

"It's all about whether you should overrule the referee or not on the basis of what you see on video evidence," said Wenger.

"I'd say that you should \ if the referee is not in a position to see what really happened.

"If the whole country is convinced that Beckham made an elbow and you can't overrule it, is that right or not?

"If Beckham has used an elbow and you show the evidence to the referee, do you think he'll say that he has seen it? No, he will say that he hasn't seen it.

"You can basically kill somebody if the referee was not in a good position to see it properly and you can still do nothing about it."

The FA said it had nothing to say about Wenger's comments.