Lukas Podolski says that it is ‘business time’ for Arsenal as they prepare to face Besiktas in the Champions League tonight.
The Gunners have a tough test away against Turkish opposition as they look to confirm their place in this season’s Champions League group stage and it looks as if Podolski is fully focused on the match.
He posted a picture of himself flexing his muscles on social media site Instagram before Arsenal’s match against Besiktas with the caption: “It's business time for The Arsenal tonight in UCL! All the best my brothers #BringTheAction #PowerGunners #poldi #aha #coyg #gunners #ULC #BESAFC #redarmy”
Although the tie is a two-legged one, this match will be a chance for Arsenal to stamp their authority on their opponents and ensure that their progress is as safe as possible before they take them on at the Emirates next week.
It is a game that Arsene Wenger’s side will be expected to win, but Turkish opponents are famously tough sides to beat in their own grounds and the Gunners can anticipate an inhospitable welcome when they take to the field tonight.
They do so knowing they will have to improve on their performance from the weekend, too. Much is expected of the London club this season, but they faltered in their first Premier League match against Crystal Palace.
Despite getting through the game with the three points, Arsenal were off the pace and required a late strike from Aaron Ramsey to seal victory in an uninspiring performance.
Tonight represents an opportunity for them to rectify that display and work on any faults that they showed in their first competitive friendly of the season to prove they have been worth the hype this campaign.
Arsenal go into the season expected to mount a challenge for the English top-flight title after a summer of lavish spending and they will be hoping to show that they can compete in Europe as well tonight.