Galatasaray (4-3-1-2): Muslera, Camdal, Kaya, Chedjou, Telles, Kurtulus, Melo, Altintop, Sneijder, Bulut, Yilmaz
Galatasaray are sitting at the bottom of their Champions League group, and will only have pride to play for as even third place is too far a reach with Anderlecht four points ahead of the Turkish giants. With midfield duo Selcuk Inan and Blerim Dzemaili missing the game with suspension and injuries respectively, manager Cesar Prandelli will field a makeshift midfield with Hamit Altintop and Yekta Kurtulus supporting Felipe Melo in the middle. Former Champions League winner Wesley Sneijder is expected to play ‘in the hole’ behind striking pair Umut Bulut and Burak Yilmaz.
Arsenal (4-3-3): Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Bellerin, Ramsey, Flamini, Chamberlain, Podolski, Campbell, Sanogo
Arsenal will need to beat Galatasaray in order to have any hopes of emerging as group winners, with the Gunners sitting two points behind German side Borussia Dortmund who face Anderlecht. However, it seems manager Arsene Wenger is unconcerned going into the knock-out phase as second, as he aims to rest several key players and field a second-string side. Superstar Alexis Sanchez and centre-back Per Mertesacker will both sit out the clash, while the Frenchman also confirmed that Yaya Sanogo that will spearhead the Gunners attack. Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell, both who have received limited game time this season, are expected to flank Sanogo up front.
I hope Anderlecht beat Dortmund and Arsenal beat Galatasaray, that would be epic
— Niko Giolas (@LaCroqueta08) December 9, 2014
Well, we know what team is going to win tonight against Galatasaray. #Arsenal ofcourse! Come on boys! Show them what you got
— Hilal (@hills____) December 9, 2014
I am ready for match today. In Istanbul where l have arrived three days ago. Galatasaray vs Arsenal. COYG. I will be at the stadium.
— Ilisa Yordanova (@ilisayordanova) December 9, 2014
Galatasaray vs Arsenal… Tonight… In the end, it still matters… #GALvAFC
— Metin (@metin) December 9, 2014
Arsenal faced Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup final back in 2000. Who ran out winners?