Arsenal v Lyon: Women’s Champions League – live

Key events

39 min: Possession is exchanging hands quickly but Arsenal create the chance. McCabe crosses in and Foord is just inches away from slotting it home. They are getting closer. Lyon try to counter but Wienroither cuts out a cross from Bacha, Arsenal have been the better side but are yet to reap any reward.

37 min: Van de Donk wins a good ball from McCabe but Arsenal quickly win it back. You can hear the jeers from Eidevall as it looks as though Horan fouls Blackstenius but the referee plays on.

35 min: Arsenal have a free kick on halfway as Damaris fouls. Wubben-Moy takes it short and the hosts will have to build from deep. They get the ball into a good position but Lyon are shutting down the chances really well. But here come Arsenal! Miedema looks to cross when she should have had a shot and the chance is gone.

32 min: Egurrola manages to clear a cross into the box and Lyon look to counter. But Arsenal quell the threat, Horan looks as though she has fouled a player but the referee says play on. Malard is down in distress here, as too is Horan – Cascarino kicks the ball out to give her teammates time to recover. Both are back on their feet and okay to continue.

30 min: Catley is back on her feet and okay to continue the match. Arsenal again playing out the back and Zinsberger’s long ball ends in Endler’s hands.

28 min: The referee did not stop play as Lyon went for goal but Catley was down injured and now she is receiving treatement. The goal chance was dealt with by Zinsberger, it looks at though Catley may have hit her head in the defensive play. While we wait for play to get back underway, the full-time score was 5-0 between Juventus and Zurich.

26 min: Arsenal have slowed the game slightly and they are playing a lot of football in their own half. Cascarino steals the ball from Foord and tries to create a chance but Arsenal dispossess her in an end-to-end exchange.

24 min: Arsenal manage to wrangle the ball into the box but Foord can’t quite get a cross in, she does win a corner though. Catley takes the corner, a change from Maanum earlier, and Wubben-Moy gets a head on it but it goes over the bar. Wienroither fouls Bacha and Lyon are back in possession but Arsenal wrestle it back. It’s quite a good fight so far.

22 min: Van de Donk gives away a free kick for a challenge on Walti, the home side will have to build from deep if they are to create something from this. Zinsberger pings the ball upfield but Lyon quickly regain possession. They manage to get back into their box but Malard fouls Wubben-Moy.

20 min: Wienroither looks in some pain after a clash of knees, the commentators making the point that the cold is making things hurt more. She is back on her feet quickly and she will continue. She is right into attack but a sloppy pass from her gives away possession.

18 min: Miedema is okay to continue and play is back underway. Lyon are on the attack now.

17 min: Miedema is down here, I didn’t see what happened so hopefully she is okay!

16 min: Miedema pulls the trigger on a shot but it is blocked, that all started after a shaky pass from Renard. Arsenal build through the team once more and Foord crosses into the box. It is just away from McCabe who was waiting to head it home.

14 min: A great bit of defensive work from Catley who blocks a cross from Cascarino. Bacha is then dispossessed on the edge of the box and Miedema looks to counter but Renard halts the play. Lyon comes back and Malard has a chance, it’s on target but doesn’t have enough power to worry Zinsberger.

12 min: Lyon has come to life now as another ball comes into the box but Zinsberger confidently takes it. Arsenal are on the counter now but Blackstenius can’t quite get the ball and the visitors escape another chance.

10 min: There seems to be a decent crowd at the Emirates for a freezing midweek match, we will find out the attendance a little later. Back to the match Catley has steered out a threatening chance from Cascarino for a corner. It’s taken too quickly and Bacha is told to take it again. She plays it short but she gets it back and pings it in, it has too much on it though and it is out of play.

8 min: Arsenal work the ball well and Wienroither gets a ball from Blackstenius but she can’t cross it in. They do win a corner though and Maanum takes the kick. She thunders it in but it goes out of play.

6 min: Just as I say Lyon doesn’t have a foot it they boot the door down. They work the ball really well upfield and Cascarino crosses in but Zinsberger collects. Here they come again with a long-range cross from Renard but it has too much on it to go out for a goal kick. McCabe wins a free kick in Arsenal’s half from a Morroni challenge. Arsenal are running it through the team, they are taking their time on the ball.

4 min: Arsenal have a high press with Endler pressured with her goal kick and this time it works as they win a throw in. Wubben-Moy loses possession but it is a bright start here. Lyon are yet to get a foot in the door.

Vivianne Miedema in the thick of the early action. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/REX/Shutterstock

2 min: Arsenal have had the lion share of possession so far but with no real threat going forward, a slow start to this one but Arsenal can be the happier.

Kick-off! Arsenal 0-0 Lyon

Here we go! Will it be a thumping for Arsenal or can Lyon dish out home heartbreak?

The players are coming out and we will be underway shortly! Excited for this one? I know I am. Juventus are also beating Zurich 5-0 now!

The weather is bitter out this evening and Caitlin Foord is ready to take it on as they warm-up!

One matches has already been played today with Bayern Munich beating Rosengard 4-0. Juventus are also currently beating Zurich 3-0. Benfica and Barcelona will kick-off at 8pm GMT and I’ll do my best to keep you up to date with those scores.

Lyon manager Sonia Bompastor said of their match against Arsenal: “We want to show a better face than that of the first leg. It did not reflect the level of the team. Since then our performances and results have been better but we expect a difficult match. It will have to deliver a high-level match.”

Former Arsenal player Danielle van de Donk will come up against her ex-teammates this evening but it will be the first time she plays at the Emirates Stadium. She said: “I feel good. I’m happy to have playing time but I hope to continue to improve again and again. It’s my first time at the Emirates Stadium and I’m very excited.”

If you have read one of my blogs before you will know I like to chat about snacks. We have discussed Jaffa Cakes, Starbursts and Skittles but tonight I am going festive. I am tucking into a box of Celebrations which can divide opinions, what’s your favourite and worst in the box? My favourite is malteser but my worst is a bounty. Let me know via Twitter and email.

Vivianne Miedema has been outspoken about the Ballon d’Or awards in the run up to Arsenal’s match against Lyon. “I didn’t feel appreciated as a woman footballer there,” she told the BBC’s Behind the Goals podcast. “If they want to have women involved, they have to do it in a different way. They had five or six different awards for the men’s game while the women only have one. If they want to make it equal, they have to give the same awards to men’s and women’s football.”

Vivianne Miedema
Vivianne Miedema Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC/Getty Images

Jonas Eidevall isn’t shying away from how Arsenal need to perform this evening. He said: “Lyon have been the pioneers for the women’s game and have set the standards for all others to chase. They are the reigning European champions and we have utmost respect for their history and their team. We know it will take an incredible performance to get us the result we would like.”

Just a point for Arsenal tonight will be enough to seal their place in the Champions League quarter-final. The club remain the only English side to win the trophy and they are keen to get their hands back on the silverware.

Arsenal have named their starting XI for their match this evening. They have made two changes from their WSL win over Aston Villa on Sunday with Wienroither and Williamson in.

Arseanl starting XI: Zinsberger, Wienroither, Williamson, Wubben-Moy, Catley, Walti, Maanum, Miedema, McCabe, Foord, Blackstenius

Lyon have also revealed who is playing for them this evening. They have made no changes from their 1-0 league loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

Lyon starting XI: Endler, Morroni, Renard, Gilles, Sombath, Damaris, Horan, Van de Donk, Cascarino, Malard, Bacha.

Hello and welcome back to our coverage of the Women’s Champions League and tonight we have Arsenal v Lyon. The Gunners are still top of the group and are yet to lose a match in the competition. However, Lyon are just three points behind them. A 5-0 loss to the French club this evening, although unlikely, would see the defending champions top the table.

The last time the two clubs faced was in the opening round of the competition and Arsenal inflicted Lyon’s heaviest defeat in the tournament. Losing 5-1 it lay down a firm marker of Arsenal’s intent this season.

We know this time around they will have to defeat Lyon without the likes of Beth Mead and Kim Little due to injury but Vivianne Miedema is back to her best after a break from football.

So who will be lining up this evening? The team news is here so stay tuned ahead of the 8pm GMT kick-off.

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