Arsenal line-up v Besiktas: Gunners to go for it in Champions League?

first_imgArsenal fans, what do you think of this line-up? Let us know below… 1 It’s that time again. With the domestic season barely under way Arsenal are forced to face the Champions League playoffs once more, and while probably not the toughest possible opponents out of the teams the English side could have drawn, Besiktas are no pushovers. The Gunners can’t take anything for granted therefore, so with Champions League football at stake, talkSPORT takes a look at how they are likely to line up…Tough test for ChambersArsene Wenger has surprised observers by using Calum Chambers at centre back, despite the former Southampton man previously playing at full back for the majority of his senior career. So far the 19-year-old has came through the new challenge with flying colours, but the Champions League is a further step up and should give a real measure of his composure in the middle. Fitness concerns surrounding Laurent Koscielny means Per Mertesacker may be forced to return to action early, should the Frenchman prove unable to play.Attacking midfield threeThough Arsenal struggled to excite in their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace it wasn’t due to a lack of attacking intent. Arsene Wenger opted for an extremely attack-minded midfield three against Palace, so it will be intriguing to see if he goes for more of the same against Besiktas. Should the Gunners boss look for a more conservative approach, Jack Wilshere could be dropped in favour of Mathieu Flamini, who would add more defensive solidity alongside Mikel Arteta.An upgrade on Sanogo?Yaya Sanogo’s injury issues mean Olivier Giroud will probably occupy the middle of Arsenal’s front three tonight, and the Frenchman won’t have to do much to prove an upgrade, considering his team mate’s lacklustre showing last weekend. Alexis Sanchez is a certainty to keep his place in the team, while Santi Cazorla’s ability to drop back and provide more control in the middle of the pitch will be an asset in a tough away trip. Alexis Sanchez is likely to start for Arsenal against Besiktas 1last_img read more

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