By Randy Osae

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Stadio Olimpico

Arsenal visit Rome on Wednesday night knowing they do not have to storm the Italian capital to progress in the Champions League, but emulating their exploits in that part of Europe will undermine their credentials in the competition.

Kolo Toure travelled with the squad to Rome along with Eduardo and Walcott. But Silvestre who is now fit, stayed in London as he only resumed training recently.

Adebayor, Rosicky and Fabregas will also be absent.

Other than that, everyone else not mentioned was among the squad that arrived in Italy.

Eduardo and Theo Walcott – who both played in the Gunners’ FA Cup win over Burnley – are among manager Arsene Wenger’s options up front.

Now here is a flash back of the last time the Gunners made such a trip.

Arsenal had the worst possible start going behind to Antonio Cassano’s fourth-minute goal.

But, before the Olympic Stadium cheers had subsided, Henry levelled the scores with a sublime finish.

The French international scored again to give Arsenal the lead on 70 minutes and soon after completed his hat-trick with a superbly taken free-kick.

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