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Arsenal take on Turkish side Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying tie tonight, a situation reminiscent of their games against Fenerbahce a year ago. Then, Arsenal were coming off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League season, but this time they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 - and Arsene Wenger is expecting a big test from Slaven Bilic's men.
"It is a big test. We have had a short preparation and we know that in one week we have three big games with Besiktas home and away and Everton in between," said Wenger. "We have to be on our toes. We were not completely happy with our performance last Saturday (against Crystal Palace) and we want to improve. I have good experience of the Champions League. I know you have to be pragmatic, but first we have to qualify. Before we can speak about anything else we have to put in two big performances against Besiktas."
The Turkish giants have some players who can hurt the Gunners, but none more prominent than striker Demba Ba. The Senegalese international joined Besiktas from Chelsea earlier this summer, and Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has warned his team mates of Ba's quality.
"He is a great footballer," said Cazorla. "He proved that here in Premier League, playing for Newcastle and Chelsea. He is a great signing for Besiktas. We better watch out with him and also with all of their players, but he will be a leader for them and we have to be careful because he has scored a few goals against us. If we don't keep our eyes on him then we will be in trouble," the Spaniard added.
Meanwhile in the transfer market, Wenger's men still want to bring in another central midfielder this summer. The likes of Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) and William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon) have already been linked, but it seems that Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Adrien Rabiot is now the club's top target. The 19-year-old appears to be behind the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti, Yohan Cabaye and Thiago Motta in the pecking order, and Arsenal appear to have had a £5.5m bid accepted - beating Juventus to his signature.