Mikel Arteta comments on Arsenal v Galatasaray in Champions League

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Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta warns of the dangers posed by Galatasaray in tonight’s Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal will face a tough test against Galatasaray in the Champions League tonight, and captain Mikel Arteta knows that.

The Gunners will head into the Group D game at the Emirates Stadium with memories of a comprehensive 2-0 away defeat to Borussia Dortmund still fresh.

The performance against Jurgen Klopp’s side at the Signal Iduna Park last month was arguably the worst from Arsenal this season, and they will be keen to bounce back in style tonight.

Galatasaray, though, are not a side who will be easy pushovers, and Arteta is well aware of that.

'That will be tough because we are up against a Galatasaray team with a lot of experience in Europe', he told Arsenal's official matchday programme.

'They have beaten top clubs and they know how to set up and play in these games, which is something we need to be aware of.

'Galatasaray have a squad with a lot of quality and experience. Turkish sides are always very passionate and that will make our task tougher.

'They have some excellent players including the likes of Felipe Melo and Wesley Sneijder, plus Burak Yilmaz, who really impressed me in the Champions League during the 2012/13 season'.

Arteta is injured for tonight's match and will not feature against the Turkish giants. Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann recently claimed that the Spaniard has been ‘found out’ in his defensive midfield role, calling for £16 million summer signing Calum Chambers to be tried in that position (click here to read more).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger himself recently suggested that he could deploy Chambers in the anchor-midfield role (click here to read more), but he is likely to go with Mathieu Flamini tonight. The return to fitness of Abou Diaby has also given Wenger more options in the crucial defensive midfield role.

Whoever plays in that role against Galatasaray, it is all about picking up the three points tonight.

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