Galatasaray vs. Arsenal, 2014 UEFA Champions League: Time, TV schedule and game preview
Arsenal will be hoping to overhaul Borussia Dortmund to finish top of Group D with a win against Galatasaray on Tuesday.
Arsenal have already progressed into the Champions League knockout phase, but will be looking to overhaul Borussia Dortmund and finish top of Group D with a win away at Galatasaray on Tuesday. However, in order to do so, the Gunners will be having to hope Anderlecht pull off a surprise result against the Germans, who sit two points clear at the top heading into the group phase’s final matchday.
Galatasaray, meanwhile, only have pride left to fight for against Arsenal. It has been an utterly miserable European campaign for the Turkish side, who have recently sacked manager Cesare Prandelli and replaced him with former assistant manager of the national team, Hamza Hamzaoğlu. Heading into the final round of games, they are sat bottom of the group on a single point. It is mathematically impossible for them to move up into third place.
Key player - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a pretty bright start to the season, with perhaps only Alexis Sánchez having offered more to whet the appetite of Gunners fans. The versatile midfielder is undoubtedly one of England’s most talented players at present, and it’s easy to forget he’s still only 21. He’s likely to start against Galatasaray, and should pose them some big problems at the back.
Key matchup - Arsenal vs. Arsène Wenger’s squad rotation
The absence of Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sánchez among others means we’re going to see a pretty makeshift Arsenal team start tomorrow, with young full-back Héctor Bellerín, winger Joel Campbell and striker Yaya Sanogo among those touted as making the Gunners’ first team. It’ll be fascinating to see how they gel, but such a selection risk could easily backfire.
Galatasaray injuries and suspensions
Out: Blerim Džemaili (hamstring), Selçuk İnan (suspended). In doubt: None.
Arsenal injuries and suspensions
Out: Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere (ankle), Mesut Özil (knee), David Ospina (thigh), Olivier Giroud (ineligible), Alexis Sánchez, Laurent Koscielny (rested). In doubt: Theo Walcott (groin), Mikel Arteta (calf), Tomáš Rosický (thigh), Nacho Monreal (ankle).
Galatasaray will be without Blerim Džemaili, who picked up an injury on international duty with Switzerland, while his midfielder counterpart Selçuk İnan is also unavailable. Arsenal’s injury list is a whole lot longer, with several crucial first-teamers still unavailable. Making matters worse for Arsène Wenger is the absence of the ineligible Olivier Giroud, and Alexis Sánchez and Laurent Koscielny, who are both being rested.
Match Date/Time: Tuesday, 9:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey
TV: Fox Sports regional networks, MASN, (U.S.), Sky Sports 5/HD (U.K.), Star TV (Turkey)
Online: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S.), Sportsnet World Now (Canada)