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Fenerbache vs Arsenal Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Predicted Score

Arsenal get back to action tonight as we take on Fenerbache at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium for the first leg of our Champions League play-off. Here’s a preview.

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Arsenal get back to action tonight as we take on Fenerbache at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium for the first leg of our Champions League play-off.

It’s been a terrible summer for Arsenal and fans frustrations boiled over when we were beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa on Saturday. Arsene Wenger rightly took the brunt of it due to his inactivity in the transfer market but we need to put all that behind us tonight for this vital clash.

We’ve got an excellent record in the Champions League play-offs but Fenerbache are going to be tough opposition with several former Premier League players in their ranks. The likes of Dirk Kuyt, Joseph Yobo, Raul Meireles and Emre are all expected to start along with the dangerous Moussa Sow, so we can’t afford to take anything for granted.

The hosts have a two-year European ban for match fixing hanging over their heads but the appeal hearing decision wont be revealed until after the second leg. There is a possibility we could lose over the two-legs but be reinstated if their ban is upheld, but with UEFA refusing to confirm what will happen in the event that Fenerbache win but are subsequently thrown out until the result of their appeal if known, we just need to make sure we do our job and beat them.

The last time we played Fenerbache in Turkey we ran out 5-2 winners in 2008, so a repeat result tonight would almost certainly ensure we make it through to the group stages.

Team News

Unfortunately Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out with a knee injury that will keep him on the sidelines for between 6-12 weeks. The good news is that Bacary Sagna, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Keiran Gibbs have all travelled after picking up knocks at the weekend.

Sagna is facing a late fitness test after falling on his neck against Villa while Gibbs is also a doubt after receiving a nasty cut above his eye. Nacho Monreal is back in the squad in-case Gibbs is ruled out.

Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby are all on the injury list meaning that the likes of  Emmanuel Frimpong and Serge Gnabry are part of the squad. Our only summer signing, Yaya Sanogo, is also in contention.

Santi Cazorla could return to the starting line-up but I think Arsene Wenger will go with Lukas Podolski to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain as the little Spaniard looked well off the pace when he came on at the weekend.

Likely Line-Up

Arsenal v Fenerbache

Predicted Score

Fenerbache 1-2 Arsenal: I’m backing the boys to respond in positive fashion after the weekend’s disappointment and grind out an important away win.

What would be your starting eleven and what’s your score prediction for the game? Share your views below.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Uzoma timothy

    August 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Good line-up..its nice to see podolski start ahead of cazorla because he looks so dull at the moment even when he came in for injured OX against villa on saturday, he was virtually non-existent..he h’d better start from the bench.

    • Azeez

      August 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Good line also,but let santi carzola start before ramsy

  2. TT

    August 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Vital match. I still think that most players don’t feel we are in the CL yet, and we need to make the group stages to get the big stars in.

  3. Momoh Abdul-Razaq

    August 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    A bunch of deluded writers.All blogs on Arsenal chances in Turkey tonight ending positively is nothing but day dreaming and wishful thinking.Arsenal is far from being capable on her strength without divine assistance,Wenger I see do not believe in such.Until we do some fundamental changes to this team,our season ended on day one of the Premier League.

    • Abel

      August 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      GO AWAY YOU PROPHET OF DOOM

  4. Gausa Moses

    August 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    While the line up is good but nothing change from weekend. Goodluck.

  5. Abdul

    August 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Hmm! If u tink d gunners can win den u are mistaken.i wnt dem out bcos notin gud wil come.at last gud luck to d turkey’s.

  6. Girell

    August 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    up gooners till thy kingdom come……Go to d turkeys n eat dem up n dont come back until dat is done………we r behind u boys……..but as for wenger,, well ur cup don full……i will answer u after today.

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