Arsene Wenger turns to Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell to lead the Arsenal line in Champions League clash
- Arsenal face Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday night
- Arsene Wenger named his starting XI over 24 hours before kick-off
- Mathieu Debuchy makes his first appearance since September 13
- Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell lead the Arsenal line
Arsene Wenger has taken the unusual step of naming his Arsenal side to face Galatasaray over 24 hours before the match kicks off, with three reserve forwards included in the starting XI.
Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell have been tasked with leading the line for Wenger’s side, despite the fact that first place in the group is still up for grabs.
The Gunners have already ensured qualification to the knockout stages, but can still take top spot in Group D if they beat Galatasaray and Borussia Dortmund lose to Anderlecht.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken the unusual step of naming his team 24 hours before the match
Joel Campbell is one of three reserve forwards including in Arsenal’s starting XI to face Galatasaray
Yaya Sanogo (left) trained at London Colney this morning, and has been handed a starting berth on Tuesday
A number of first-team forwards have been left out of the Arsenal squad, including Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.
Wenger made the bold move of naming his XI the day before the game, despite it giving the opposition more time to analyse his players.
The Arsenal squad to face Galatasaray in Turkey also features a return to action for Mathieu Debuchy, who has been out injured since September 13th.
ARSENAL’S SQUAD VS GALATASARAY
Arsenal’s team to face Galatasaray (4-3-3): Szczesny; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Bellerin; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Ramsey; Campbell, Sanogo, Podolski.
Subs: Akpom, Zelalem, Kamara, O’Connor, Iwobi, Maitland-Niles.
Chuba Akpom, who has made one fleeting Premier League appearance, has been named on the bench
Both Olivier Giroud (left) and Danny Welbeck (right) have been left out of the squad to face Galatasaray
With Newcastle next in the Premier League, the Frenchman’s return has added importance as he prepares to face his former club for the first time.
Wenger’s bench, which he also named during Monday’s press conference, features a number of youth players who are yet to make a first-team appearance.
Chuba Akpom, Gedion Zelalem, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stefan O’Connor, Alex Iwobi and Glen Kamara all have a chance to feature on Tuesday night, in a game that could yet prove decisive in Arsenal’s season.
Mathieu Debuchy has not played for Arsenal since coming off against Manchester City in September
Alexis Sanchez has not travelled to Turkey and will be rested until Arsenal’s game against Newcastle
Gedion Zelalem (right) has made one sub cup appearance for Arsenal, but never in the league or Europe
Source :Daily Mail