Turkish press react to Arsenal hammering of Galatasaray

Galatasaray Fans

Turkey's press blamed Galatasaray's tactics as much as Arsenal being clinical for the 4-1 result.

Arsenal took delight in tearing Galatasaray apart on Wednesday night, executing an Arsene Wenger game plan to perfection.

Opposition manager Cesare Prandelli got his tactics all wrong, at least that's the view of the press over in Turkey.

Popular Turkish football website Fanatik ran an editorial on Galatasaray's 'collapse', and blamed the manager.

They write: "The architect of this defeat with the wrong tactics and player selection was Prandelli.

"A system that can not be stuck with, especially the first half performance. Galatasaray after many years in Europe, it showed a false image.

"Our representatives had to seek solace with shooting from distance."

Tactically, Galatasaray were simply over-powered by an attacking formation from Arsenal, and despite their efforts to put men behind the ball, struggled to offer an effective out and hold the ball up.

Their three man defense was overwhelmed, and Felipe Melo at centre-back, showed why he is best suited as a defensive holding midfielder.

It will be a very different game when the two teams face off in Turkey in the final group game, but Arsenal will hope if they can beat Anderlecht home and away, they will be in a strong position for qualification, and not one where Prandelli can inflict revenge.

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