'We have no fear' - Oguzhan Ozyakup on Champions League tie

Oguzhan Ozyakup does not seem afraid to take on his former club Arsenal in the Champions League.

When Arsenal were pulled out of the hat to face Besiktas in the Champions League play-off round it was a tie that would have been welcomed by one player for the Turkish side more than others.

Playmaker Oguzhan Ozyakup signed for Besiktas in a £440,000 deal back in 2012 - from Arsenal.

The Gunners had snapped him up in 2008 from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and he went on to play just 27 minutes for The Gunners - both in League Cup ties against Shrewsbury Town and Bolton Wanderers at The Emirates.

With first team opportunities slim to none at Arsenal he left for Turkey and has now gone on to become a regular in Slaven Bilic's side - and now has seven caps for Turkey after impressing in the Super Lig.

So with his former team in his crosshairs Ozyakup's opinion was always going to be sought by Turkish press. And he has been speaking about the game, admitting he is looking forward to it, but that Besiktas are not afraid of their Premier League rivals:

"The first game at home in this sense is good...I hope we get a good result and we will continue on the road . It is a thrill for me. I played my first professional match there [at The Emirates] for a cup match. We will do our best. Arsenal have players like Mesut Ozil. But three or four players from the World Cup have been on vacation and only recently attended a new camp, we have spent a long period in our camp which is good. We saw that against Feyenoord, we looked more fit. Of course, it is irrelevant to talk about Arsenal, we certainly have a group of very valuable good players and have no fear."

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