Three Galatasaray players Arsenal must watch out for - including reported Manchester United target

Arsenal and Galatasaray go head-to-head in the Champions League tonight, and here are three players for the Gunners to be wary of.

Arsenal need to secure their first Champions League win of the season tonight as Turkish giants Galatasaray arrive at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first game of the group stage, turning in an abject display in Germany to the dismay of the Arsenal fans. After drawing against Tottenham on Saturday, Gunners supporters are desperate for a win and will expect home advantage to be on show against Galatasaray.

Yet last season's Turkish runners-up will aim to do what their compatriots Besiktas couldn't do earlier this season - beat Arsenal. New manager Cesare Prandelli has a number of players that can cause some damage against Arsenal tonight, and here are three that Arsenal must keep an eye on in order to win.

Wesley Sneijder

The Dutch playmaker needs little introduction. The 30-year-old may not be the player he was during Inter Milan's run to the Champions League crown in 2010, but he still possesses the technical ability and eye for goal to hurt Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. With Manchester United intermittently linked with a move for Sneijder since 2011 - and even more so since their appointment of Louis van Gaal - it's clear that the former Real Madrid man is still highly rated, and Arsenal must be wary of his ability.


Recent speculation suggested that speedy winger Bruma was a target Chelsea and Everton, but he stayed in Turkey. The Guinea-Bissau born Portugal Under-21 star joined Galatasaray from Sporting Lisbon last summer after a lengthy contract saga, and is now ready to make an impact with Prandelli's side after a loan spell with Gaziantepspor last season. The 19-year-old has blistering pace, and combined with his dribbling ability, the Gunners will have to try to keep Bruma quiet if he features.

Burak Yilmaz

With Didier Drogba now back at Chelsea, there can be little doubt who Galatasaray's leading marksman is - even after the capture of Goran Pandev from Napoli. 29-year-old Burak Yilmaz hit 58 goals in just 93 games for Trabzonspor before his 2012 move to Galatasaray, where his goalscoring form has continued with 53 goals 88 games. One of the most dangerous strikers in Europe over the last two years, Arsenal's back line will have their hands full trying to keep Yilmaz off the scoresheet.

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