Having secured a potentially season-defining victory in the Ruhr district derby, FC Schalke 04's focus now turns to maintaining their unbeaten record in the UEFA Champions League as they take on Group B leaders Arsenal on Wednesday (kick-off 20:45 CET).

Sporting director Horst Heldt may have wanted die Knappen to "enjoy the result" against Borussia Dortmund, but the Royal Blues will need to put on just as efficient a performance in London if they are to take something tangible from the meeting with Arsene Wenger's outfit, who have a couple of familiar faces in their ranks in the form of Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker.

Poor records


The omens are good for Schalke against the London club's German internationals, who both featured in the Premier League side's 1-0 loss away to Norwich City at the weekend. The duo only racked up a combined five wins from 23 encounters against the men from Gelsenkirchen during their time in Germany's top flight. Schalke's own record on English soil is far from glorious however. They were unable to win on any of their previous five trips across the channel, including a 3-2 loss at Highbury, Arsenal's former stadium, at the same stage of this competition in 2001/02.

The hosts have gone 16 games unbeaten on their own turf in Europe's elite clubtournament, and Schalke head coach Huub Stevens, who was also in the hot seat last time the sides met, consideres them "favourites to win the group." However, the 2-1 win over Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park has given his charges a real boost in confidence. "We were superb," striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar told his club's official website. "We started very aggressively and created a lot of pressure going forward. Our attitude was simply fantastic."

Papa stays home


Conceding a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Montpellier last time out may have left the Royal Blues feeling defeated, but having officially registered their best start to a Bundesliga campaign in 12 years, they'll be looking to consolidate their early season form with a strong showing in England's capital. "We'll be really motivated going into the game, but that's more to do with our opponents rather than the match against Montpellier," said Huntelaar.

Julian Draxler, who broke a bone in his left forearm in that encounter, has travelled with the side wearing a protective cast, but it's still unclear whether he'll appear in the matchday squad. Meanwhile, centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos will definitely miss out due to chicken pox. Nevertheless, Huntelaar still believes his side have what it takes to get a result on Wednesday. "If we show the same attitude against Arsenal as we did against Dortmund, we've got a chance."

Possible line-ups:

Arsenal: Mannone - Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, André Santos - Arteta, Ramsey, Santi Cazorla - Walcott, Giroud, Podolski

Schalke: Unnerstall - Uchida, Höwedes, Matip, Fuchs - Neustädter, Jones - Farfan, Holtby, Afellay - Huntelaar

James Thorogood