Champions League: Arsenal v GalatasarayJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Arsenal host Galatasaray in their second group stage game of this season’s Champions League and it looks like the outcome could rest entirely on the selection choices made by Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal boss will be facing something of a dilemma at the moment with injuries to some of his best attacking midfielders: Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere.
The Gunners will be seeking a win having lost to Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in their opening Group D clash. Wenger has hinted that he may use Calum Chambers in a midfield role for Wednesday’s game alongside Czech national Tomas Rosicky. Whilst Chambers could perform well plugging the gap in midfield, the teenager may be better utilised in defence.
“He’s excellent in every position,” Wenger claimed of Chambers. “I would consider playing Calum in midfield, but I only have four defenders at the moment.
“From the first to the last minute he has an unbelievable engine. He gets forward and puts crosses in as well. It’s remarkable what he’s doing at the age of 19. It’s not often you see that quality at his age. I don’t know what I’ll do yet. Give me a bit of time, but Flamini is the only option I see at the moment.”
With both midfield and defence feeling the pressure, the heat will also be turned up on Arsenal’s attack to deliver, with Alexis Sanchez looking keen to score another goal for his new side.
Galatasaray will be approaching Wednesday’s game keen to put an end to their poor record against English clubs. The Turkish side have been unable to win a single game in their last nine clashes against English teams in European competitions
They will arrive at Emirates Stadium fresh from their Super Lig victory over Sivasspor on Friday and hoping that the momentum will see them dominate in a game against what looks like it could be a weakened Arsenal side.
Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli has yet to announce the names of his starting line-up but feels his squad is prepared for the challenge ahead.
“We are mentally ready and should be aggressive,” he said. “We are representing Galatasaray and Turkey. We have to play our own game and must leave with our heads held high.”
The two sides have only faced one another on one previous occasion at the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup final, where Arsenal were defeated 4-1 on penalties after a game void of any goals. It looks like the Gunners might have the edge this time around but it all comes down to Wenger’s selection.
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