Possible Arsenal Starting Lineup Against Besiktas

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal might not have established themselves as a genuine powerhouse in the continent, they are certainly being the most consistent club in Europe.

They hold an unrivalled record of Champions League qualification that will stretch to 17 consecutive years, should they see of Besiktas at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in the first leg of their crucial Champions League play-off clash on Tuesday night.

Aaron Ramsey

It will be their seventh involvement in the play-offs and they should return to Turkey will full of confidence, having beaten Fenerbahce 5-0 on aggregate at this stage 12 months ago.

Team News: Goal keeper David Ospina still struggling with a thigh injury, which means Wojciech Szczesny is certain to continue.

Laurent Koscielny is fit to play and will partner Calum Chambers in defence, with Per Mertesacker has been kept as a stand-by.

Kieran Gibbs picked up a hamstring injury against Crystal Palace and is certain to miss the tie. Nacho Monreal is expected to take his place.

With a tough trip to Everton to follow at the weekend, Arsene Wenger will be tempted to rotate his squad. The likes of Joel Campbell may come in.


Prediction: 0-1; Arsenal have the necessary depth to squeeze out a brilliant result and  to take a narrow lead back to the Emirates.

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