Arsenal will be out to bounce back from their defeat to Stoke in the best possible fashion, securing the win they need to top their Champions’ league group.
Unfortunately for the Gunners, the task is not as easy as it appears with Galatasaray in Turkey their midweek opponents.
Arsene Wenger’s men may have won comfortably at the Emirates, scoring five goals with just a single response however the intimating environment of the Türk Telekom Arena should ensure a repeat result is unlikely.
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The North London outfit sealed their place in the last 16 last time out with a 2-0 win over leaders Borussia Dortmund last time out at the Emirates Stadium but they can secure top spot in the group if they win if Dortmund lose to Anderlecht, or if the Bundesliga strugglers draw.
With qualification already secured, the Gunners will use the opportunity to give Alexis Sanchez some much needed rest. The Chilean has been the stand out performance for the club this season but according to his manager requires a “breather” something the trip to Turkey offers.
Hamzaoglu, the Greek born former Turkish international, took over from Prandelli following the club’s 2-0 loss to Anderlect, a result that ensured they would finish bottom of the club.
The 44 year old has made an impressive start to life with the club he played with for four seasons. Wins over Gaziantepspor, Eskişehirspor and Akhisar Belediye have left the club 2nd in the Turkish table, one point behind leaders, Besiktas.
The club will be without suspended Selcuk Inan for the visit of Arsenal with the Gunners without a number of players most notably Mesut Ozil.