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HEAD-TO-HEAD: Arsenal v Galatasaray - Do the Turkish side have an edge?

Here's how Arsenal and Galatasaray match up against each other in key areas.

H2H Arsenal V Galatasaray

Arsenal have work to do against Galatasaray after losing their opening Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.

Arsene Wenger’s preparation for the game hasn’t been helped by injuries to key trio Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere but fortunately for Arsenal, central midfield is one area they are spoilt for choice.

Galatasaray certainly had a better first game in terms of their attacking stats with a goal more than Arsenal, more attempts and more crosses from their game against Anderlecht.

That match only finished 1-1 so the Turkish side should definitely feel frustrated by their precision.

It’s also important to consider the quality of the opponents each side faced in their first game with Arsenal having the more difficult game on paper.

It shouldn’t be a major surprise that Arsenal have edged things in terms of the number of passes they played in their opening Champions League game because they are a pass and move side.

It will be interesting to see how Galatasaray cope under severe pressure from Arsenal this week but they’ll certainly face a sterner test than they did against the Belgians in their group opener.

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