Posted on August 27, 2014 by ADMIN

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Besiktas

This is the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal, with the winner taking a place at the top table of European club football and the loser getting their midweeks off for the next few months. A 0-0 draw with Besiktas in Turkey leaves the Gunners slight favourites with tonight’s match at the Emirates, but the away goal situation does leave us in danger.

And a harsh red card for Aaron Ramsey last week combined with the ankle injury picked up by Olivier Giroud at the weekend, means that two of our biggest goal threats are not going to be on the pitch. Even so, Wenger has resisted starting with the German striker Lukas Podolski and stuck with Santi Cazorla on the left and gone for the pace of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right.

Alexis Sanchez gets another chance through the middle and we need him to do better than the first half at Everton. The good news is that we have our first choice central defensive pairing of Mertesacker and Koscielny back, which will hopefully mean a clean sheet as a platform for an Arsenal win.

Szczesny
Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Flamini, Wilshere
Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla
Alexis

subs: Martinez, Chambers, Coquelin, Rosicky, Podolski, Sanogo, Campbell

So there are plenty of attacking options available on the Arsenal bench. Let’s hope it is enough…

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251 thoughts on “Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Besiktas

  1. gunner4life07

    fuch u u saw wilshere is coming back great play with ozil
    alexis is staring to fire haha

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    1. no sanogo no party

      If that goal turns out to be the winner, sanchez might have repaid his transfer fee!!!

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    2. rd_gunner

      Hope santi scores the second goal..amazing work rate by the man ! Hats off! Keep going!

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      1. Patrick Shiiiza

        Good performances all round. Debuchy was having a great game until the card!

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  2. alexhare

    That’s the perfect thing that could happen. Besiktas will have to come out and attack properly now and we can catch them on the break where there will be more space for our creative players to use.

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  3. Cartman

    At least Sanchez does not need to wait anymore for the first goal. That monkey is off his back

    Now Sanchez will show the PL what he can do

    COYG

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  4. Tony Montana(The Realest)

    We are gonna win the CL this year

    Only threat I see will come from Real Madrid
    Rest of the teams are very beatable

    Wenger The greatest manager ever without a CL is gonna win it this season

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  5. Invincibles49

    Lets score one more and then kill the game off by keeping and passing the ball around. I do not want a spectacular victory, just a victory.

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 15 Thumb down 0

  6. haywill

    i want the champions league trophy now 🙁 🙁 🙁
    ive purchased the new arsenal puma jacket ive made my contribution to the club i have the right to demand the trophy 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

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    1. muffdiver

      dude stop saying u bought a jacket. i been buying arsenal kits since 91.

      your 40 pound doesnt mean sh*t

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  7. robertosante

    Well thats what I call a bench to rotate! I dont get why everybody wants to get rid of Podolski the guy is very good coming off the bench and we need that deep at the squad at the moment! COYG!!!

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  8. poorimon_nee

    Hopefully we will get to see speedy one touch passing now! Game on bit*hes

    \m/

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  9. juhislihis

    Keep composure and the Turks will lose their marbles. They are already on 2 yellows.

    Nothing’s won yet, keep attacking!

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  10. Cartman

    I wonder if this game can be the catalyst to make Wilshere, Ozil and Sanchez perform at their top level. With Walcott coming back to training next week, I see good things our way

    COYG

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  11. Arsenal1Again

    Cavani and another man was seen, according to reports, in the airport. Rumours are the Uruguayan, who is believed to …

    Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is interested in signing a 34 year old Eastern European Birmingham City reject on a free. Yossi Benayoun played a crucial part in getting us into the top four the season we loaned him from Chelsea, he scored decisive goals in the last games of the campaign and stopped us finishing below Spurs. Gary McAllister was another veteran in a pasture when he was snatched up by Benitez. He went on to be the reason the bin dippers won a treble that season. I have a feeling this 6’8″ player coming in is going to play his socks of to earn himself another season long contract next Summer. he can also be handy at both ends with set pieces.

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  12. Twonk

    We just seem fragmented though. Every game! What’s with that? Is it cos everyone is out of position?

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    1. captinweestain

      Soorry that wasn’t a respond too that (the shot) i think its playing ozil on the left, our record singing playing out of postion

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  13. medvet

    mmmm…. wilshere is injured?? looks invisible in the pitch right now…

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  14. alexhare

    Fcucking hell, did I just see Özil tracking back to cover Monreal at left back?!

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  15. jibber

    flamini was good until the 60 min mark where most of his mistakes starts happening.

    once again proven wilshere and ramsey can’t play together, they’re too similar at the moment.

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  16. LoCkAy

    Alexis Sanchez work rate is just ridiculous… I mean, when he gets fit, he will lethal.

    IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY L’EQUIPE MAGAZINE: GIROUD WILL BE OUT FOR 4 MONTHS A LEAST. ACCORDING TO THEIR INFORMATIONS, HE WILL BE BACK IN 2015.

    Can someone tell Wenger that he can still bring substitutes in the game… it is allowed!!!!

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  17. jibber

    also sub oil off for campbell, he’s just not doing enough defending.

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    1. rd_gunner

      how poor has he been today! just atrocious..just do not understand why we don’t play a proper winger?

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  18. Green Gunner

    Debuchy: Stupid haircut. Stupid player.

    Sagna: Stupid haircut. Clever player.

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  19. captinweestain

    Footballs gone mad, i knew the refs would change it up a bit, after the “penos”

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  20. reddb10

    yellow for sczsesny. this ref is probably one of the worst we have come across. what a total C##t

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  21. captinweestain

    Chezza always looks like he’s having his own little private joke

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  22. mark

    Think the Ref is on a card quota, and needs to make the numbers go up..

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  23. Green Gunner

    Nobody will remember this game. It doesn’t matter. We are through thank fcuk!

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    1. No Giroud, I'm happy

      Yes, would be very welcomed. But, common we are after Zigic, the big man, the hold up sh$$t

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  24. luvdaguns

    monreal put in a very good performance, i generally am critical, but he looks better to me ladt two matches, his excellent cross to giroud to tie everton, and his energy, tackling and tracking in the last 15″ of this match! COYG!!!

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    1. Charlie Nick

      Yeah, I thought he was improved too.
      Ox needs to sharpen up,,,was sloppy in second half, not even counting that miss.

      Anyway…..Signings now???

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  25. Mertinho

    Did anybody else think that Debuchy was about to headbutt the sh*t out of the ref when he sent him off, it looked to me like the ref even stuck his head in aswell to say “I ain’t no Pus*y!”

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  26. gunner4life07

    yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    so proud to be a gunnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  27. Brada b

    Yesssss go gunners lets see what AW gonna do now in the transfer window u better spend mr wenger

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  28. rd_gunner

    AW owes the players big time after this performance..get some fu*king quality in the squad now ! COYG!

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  29. john0711

    Mersin for manager lol
    He said the fans pay a lot of money now go and spend that money on a top striker

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  30. Riddich

    Nice goal and workrate from sanchez tonyt. Personally, i think we would have gotten more than a goal if our forwards were a bit selfish with their play.
    We kept looking for the perfect goal when we could have just had a crack at goal.
    I think if we want to increase our goal tally this season we shld shoot more and leave the beautiful goals till we are 2 goals up.

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