Besiktas v Arsenal: Champions League preview & predicted line-ups

Possible starting lineups

Besiktas: Zengen; Kurtulus, Sahan, Pektemek, Hutchinson; Ozyakup, Uysal, Frei, Gulu, Ramon; Ba.

Arsenal: Szczesny; Monreal, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny; Arteta, Sanchez, Ramsey, Rosicky Campbell; Giroud.


A couple of names will be familiar to Arsenal fans when they see the Besiktas XI in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Turks will have former Chelsea striker Demba Ba available against the Gunners following the attacker’s move from Stamford Bridge last month.

Elsewhere, former West Ham favourite Slaven Bilic will deploy ex-Fulham winger Kerim Frei.

As for Arsenal, Kieran Gibbs and Yaya Sanogo are out with hamstring injuries, but Laurent Koscielny has been passed fit despite an Achilles problem. Nacho Monreal is set to play at left back.

Further forward, Olivier Giroud will lead the line, and the Frenchman, together with Alexis Sanchez, will be hoping to impress Gunners’ supporters.

German World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski are all missing for Arsenal too.

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