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Preview: Galatasaray v Arsenal

Arsène Wenger takes a young squad to Istanbul as Arsenal FC bid to win Group D against a Galatasaray AŞ side new boss Hamza Hamzaoğlu says are playing without pressure.

Arsenal trained at home before travelling to Istanbul
Arsenal trained at home before travelling to Istanbul ©AFP/Getty Images

• Arsène Wenger taking experimental squad to Istanbul in bid to win Group D
Manager announces team, says there will be "six young players" on the bench
Hamza Hamzaoğlu has won two out of two since replacing Cesare Prandelli
• Hamzaoğlu looking forward to playing without pressure

Permutations: Galatasaray (1pt) v Arsenal (10)
Arsenal are through and will win the group with any victory if Dortmund lose, or if the Gunners win by enough to overtake BVB on overall goal difference or goals scored (a minimum margin of six) should the other game be drawn.
Galatasaray will finish fourth.

Possible lineups
Galatasaray: Muslera; Tarık Çamdal, Semih Kaya, Hakan Balta, Alex Telles; Felipe Melo, Emre Çolak; Bruma, Burak, Sneijder; Umut Bulut.
Out: Dzemaili (hamstring), Selçuk İnan (suspended)

Arsenal: Szczęsny; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Bellerín; Flamini, Oxade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Campbell, Podolski; Sanogo.
Out: Ospina (thigh), Özil (knee), Diaby (calf), Walcott (groin), Wilshere (ankle) 
Doubtful: Monreal (ankle), Arteta (calf), Rosický (thigh)

Hamza Hamzaoğlu, Galatasaray coach
We'll try to stop our opponents, but we'll also try to play. We know our opponents are Arsenal, but we are Galatasaray and we'll fight regardless. It's a plus not having any pressure tomorrow. Our pressure comes from a desire to win. We created this pressure ourselves and it will be beneficial. I would like to thank our fans for their support. I hope this will be reflected positively in our football.

As we have done in previous games, we'll try to press Arsenal up front and not let them leave their half easily. Here our opponents' game plan will be decisive too. Football is not only about attacking – from time to time you may need to defend. Arsenal are a good team. If they react to our pressing we'll try to be strong in defence and hit them with counterattacks. We could win or lose. We set our targets and try to see the bigger picture.

Our formation and mentality will be similar to our previous games. The formation will be a variant of 4-2-3-1. [Aurélien] Chedjou has some problems and we'll try another player in this position [centre-back] in training.

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
I have brought a squad mixed with regulars and six young players. Who knows what result we will get but we will not play under huge stress because we are already guaranteed to be in the knockout stage. The reason I have not brought Alexis Sánchez and Santi Cazorla is because I just wanted them to rest a bit because they have played a lot of matches up to now.

Arsène Wenger named his starting XI
Arsène Wenger named his starting XI©AFP/Getty Images

The Turkish are proud people. Galatasaray are the biggest club in Turkey. I have been here before. They will show the quality they have – just like they did when they eliminated Juventus last season. Therefore I expect a tough contest. I really do expect Galatasaray to play well. Although they are last-placed in the group, we can never underestimate them. There is no rule saying you will win every game. We are professional and competitive people. Every game is different for us.

Jack Wilshere will not be with us for three months. My starting 11 against Galatasaray will be [Wojciech] Szczęsny, [Mathieu] Debuchy, [Per] Mertesacker, [Calum] Chambers, [Héctor] Bellerín, [Mathieu] Flamini, [Alex] Oxade-Chamberlain, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Joel] Campell, [Yaya] Sanogo and [Lukas] Podolski. Our six young players will be on the bench.

Weekend results
Galatasaray 2-1 Akhisar Belediyespor (Burak 14 75; Gekas 86)
Stoke City FC 3-2 Arsenal (Crouch 1, Bojan 35, Walters 45; Cazorla 68pen, Ramsey 70)

Form guide (all competitions)
Galatasaray: WWWLLW
Arsenal: LWWWLL

Match facts 
• How many clean sheets have Arsenal kept in ten meetings with Turkish clubs? Find out in our match background