Arsenal will face a tricky game when they travel to Turkey on Tuesday night to face Galatasaray in their final game of the Champions League group stage.
The Gunners suffered a thrashing at the hands of Stoke City over the weekend and their performance in that game was one of the worst we have seen this season. The team’s morale will be very low going into the game, after their pathetic defensive performance against the Potters.
Ataturk Stadium is a tough place to visit and after watching the North London club’s poor form, the Turkish giants spirits will be very high. It’s quite surprising that they failed to win a single game in the group, but let’s not forget that this was the same team who knocked out Juventus last season.
The qualification for the round of 16 is already secured, but this game might ultimately decide on who will top the Group. The chances of Dortmund losing to Anderlecht are very thin, so even a win might not stop us from facing a big team once again. On paper we are the stronger team, but seeing our form so far this season, I definitely won’t bet on that.
Here’s what Wenger had to say on the team news.
A few players [will not travel] because there’s not a lot at stake and we have given a lot in the last two weeks. We have to recover a little bit.
Alexis will not travel and I don’t think I can play, for example, Koscielny. He didn’t play on Saturday and I don’t see why I should risk him for a game where’s there’s not a lot at stake. First place hypothetically, but there’s maybe a 10 per cent chance.
Wenger will have some problems in defence, with only a handful of players to choose from and it will tough for him to arrange his defense against a team like Galatasaray. It will definitely be a tough and hostile night in Turkey tomorrow, but hopefully Wenger and his boys will show a bit of character and mental strength after a disappointing performance.
Can the Gunners bounce back against Galatasaray?