Campbell and Podolski to start as Wenger names starting line-up


Arsenal will make a trip to Turkey in the hope of topping the group when they take on Galatasaray in the final Champions League group game on Tuesday night.

The Gunners have already qualified for the round of 16 and only have a minute chance of winning the group, with the possibility of Dortmund loosing to Anderlecht being very low.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has taken the unusual step of announcing the starting line-up for the Galatasaray game at his pre-match press conference, almost 24 hours before the game. However he had some good news in store for the fans, here is the team news for the game.

Debuchy is back in full training and will start in Istanbul on Tuesday night. The Frenchman has been sidelined since September after damaging his ankle against Manchester City and will provide a big boost for Wenger, who is struggling to put up a solid back-line due to injuries.

His return will mean that youngster Hector Bellerin will move to the left, with Mertesacker and Chambers continuing at the center of the defensive line. Koscielny is suffering from an Achilles tendon injury and hasn’t traveled with the team for the game.

Szczesny will start in goal replacing youngster Emiliano who performed well for three games, but struggled against Stoke City by making some judgmental errors. Arteta is still out injured, so Flamini will start in front of the defence and will be accompanied by Ramsey and Chamberlain.

However the major shock comes in the form of attack as Wenger has rested all him main men. Sanogo will start up front and will be assisted by Podolski and Campbell from the wings. It will be great opportunity for Campbell and Podolski to prove their worth to the Boss and it will interesting to see how they combine at front.

The Gunners bench will be one of the youngest in the Champions League with Chuba Akpom, Gedion Zelalem, Alex Iwobi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Glen Kamara and Stefan O’Connor in contention to make an impact from the bench.


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