Arsenal v Standard Liege – October 3rd, 2019
In September 1898, the pupils of Collège Saint-Servais in Liège started a football club, which they called Standard of Liège in reference to Standard Athletic Club of Paris. Standard, whose official name is Royal Standard Club of Liège, was based in Cointe and Grivegnée before settling permanently in 1909 in Sclessin, an industrial neighbourhood in Liège. Standard initially joined the Belgian First League in 1909 before returning to the lower leagues a few years later. The club then gained promotion back to the top division in 1921 and has never been relegated since.
Shortly after World War II, Roger Petit, a former player and team captain, became general secretary of the club. Petit worked alongside President Henrard Paul to establish Standard among the elite of Belgian football. In 1954, Standard won their first club trophy, the Belgian Cup, which was soon followed by a first national title in 1957–58.
At European level, in the 1960s, the club reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1961–62, falling to beaten finalists Real Madrid 0–6 on aggregate; and at the same stage of the Cup Winners’ Cup in the year 1966–67, losing to eventual champions Bayern Munich. The 1960s and early 1970s brought much success to the club, as Standard won six Belgian First Division titles, two Belgian Cups and a League Cup.
Standard Liege Domestic Honours
- Belgian League
- Champions (10): 1957–58, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1981–82, 1982–83, 2007–08, 2008–09
- Belgian League Cup
- Champions (1): 1975
|ALL Standard Liege European Games|
|Belgian Pro League Standings|
|5||Royal Excel Mouscron||9||3||16|
|Liege Top Goal Scorers 2019/20|
Our home record is perfect wins 2 wins and no goals against.
|Arsenal v Standard Liege Home European Games|
Lets hope that Tierney plays – Emery seems to indicate that he can play tomorrow in his press conference today.
This is a very winnable game and one where our youngsters should be allowed to show off their skills and make a statement for inclusion in the first team. Emery needs to get a lot more out of Pepe and this could be a good opportunity for him to score a few goals and boost his confidence.
TA’s preferred line-up
The Belgian teams are doing really well in Europe at the moment and we should expect Standard to give us a proper game tomorrow. They have nothing to lose and will come to play their heart out. But we should rotate and use the squad well, and Emery can put out a very decent team as per above.
Torreira to organise the midfield and Willock and AMN to bomb forward as well as help Lucas to keep it tidy in midfield (and protect the defence). I just want to see Ozil play again, and he should of course have started at Old Toilet on Monday, so let’s hope we will see him tomorrow AND then at the weekend too. Up-front we can give Pepe another chance to gain confidence and I am really excited to see Martinelli again. Nelson and Saka should also get half an hour or so, but I would start them on the bench (for different reasons).
At the back we should hopefully see starts for our young and eager wing-backs, Bells and Tierney, and CB-pair Holding and Mustafi.