Predicted Arsenal XI to play Besiktas - Two changes from Palace win

Champions League Pitch

Here's how Arsenal could line up for their Champions League play-off game against Besiktas tomorrow night, kick-off at 19:45 GMT.

Arsenal head into the Champions League play-off game against Besiktas as the slight favourites and full of confidence after an opening day Premier League win against Crystal Palace.

Arsene Wenger has been clear in his thoughts on this being a must win game for the Gunners, as he deems the idea of Arsenal missing out on the Champions League group stage unthinkable.

We’ve had a go at naming the side which could take on Besiktas in Turkey tomorrow night.

GK – Wojciech Szczesny

The Pole is Arsenal’s number one and is expected to perform in big match situations under pressure. He starts.

RB – Mathieu Debuchy

Debuchy looks like the sort of player who thrives on confidence so it’s important for Wenger to try and keep him in the team.

CB – Calum Chambers

Chambers is a superb buy for Arsenal because his versatility allows him to play in the middle of the defence and cover for Debuchy at right-back when the Frenchman gets caught up the pitch.

CB – Laurent Koscielny

Koscielny will be pleased with his performance against Palace and the goal he grabbed will give him confidence.

LB – Nacho Monreal

One change Wenger could make for this game is bringing in Monreal in place of Gibbs on the left hand side to keep the structural integrity of the back four in tact.

RM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Another change the boss could make is bringing the Ox in on the right hand side of midfield to inject some pace into the counter attack on that side.

DM – Mikel Arteta

There’s been plenty of talk about Jack Wilshere turning into Arsenal’s holding player, but Arteta offers calm and experience in what will be an intimidating atmosphere.

CM – Aaron Ramsey

Rambo has got this season off to a brilliant start and he’ll be looking to translate that form across all competitions.

AM – Santi Cazorla

With Mesut Ozil no closer to starting following an extended World Cup break, Santi Cazorla is the main man in the number ten role.

LM – Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez played well on his Premier League debut and providing he recovers well from the Palace game, he should start over on the left hand side.

ST – Olivier Giroud

Giroud started the Palace game on the bench but he stands a good chance of starting this game. It will be an important match for his form, confidence and fitness.

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