Profiling the ex-Arsenal youngster who could dump the Gunners out of the Champions League

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Arsenal have been pitted against Turkish giants Besiktas in their Champions League qualifying tie - and one former Gunner could dump them out.

Just like a year ago, Arsenal must head to Turkey in order to get into the Champions League group stages. Whereas last year it was Fenerbahce, this time it's Besiktas who stand in the Gunners' way. They have a familiar manager in former Everton defender Slaven Bilic, whilst a number of players will also be recognisable - former Chelsea duo Gokhan Tore and Demba Ba, notably.

However, one of the more unheralded players - at least from British media - will be midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup. The name may not even ring any bells to fans outside of Arsenal's fanbase, but he will be important to Bestikas' chances.

Ozyakup, now 21, joined Arsenal from AZ Alkmaar back in 2008 when he was just 15, going into the Gunners famed academy. Whilst he made two appearances and was named on the bench for Arsenal's humiliating 8-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in August 2011, the Dutch-born midfielder never really looked like breaking into the Arsenal first team, and was duly sold to Besiktas for €500,000 in 2012.

Yet fast forward two years and Ozyakup is now a key player for Besiktas, is a Turkish international, and, according to Besiktas board member Ahmet Kavalce, wouldn't even be sold for €20m. So what can Arsenal expect when they come face to face with their former prodigy?

During his two seasons with Besiktas, Ozyakup has racked up nine goals and 12 assists from central midfield, and has been noted for his superb technique and dribbling ability. A sound passer with creativity too, Ozyakup seems to be the archetypal Arsenal attacking midfielder - yet he'll be on the other side when the two teams meet later this month.

Ozyakup will certainly have a point to prove when he tackles his former employers - and Arsenal have to be wary of his influence, or they could live to regret letting him go.

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