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Arsenal vs. Galatasaray predicted starting line-ups

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be forced to shuffle his pack for tomorrow night's crunch Champions League clash with Galatasaray at the Emirates Stadium, but at least has Alexis Sanchez fresh and desperate to start in a match the Gunners probably have to win.

Wenger's tremendous record in terms of qualification for the knockout stages of Europe's premier club competition is under threat, after Arsenal lost their first group game for the first time in 12 years against Borussia Dortmund a fortnight ago.

Arsenal's preparations for an important game against Gala have been hampered by the news Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are facing a month and three weeks out through injury, which means Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla and Sanchez are all in line for a recall on Wednesday evening.

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Wilshere eases injury woes

Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur saw Arsenal lose Ramsey, Arteta and Jack Wilshere through injury during a difficult 90 minutes, but the latter has showed no ill effects of an ankle problems suffered in that clash and trained as normal on Tuesday morning.

Wilshere is in contention to surprisingly feature against Galatasaray but don't be surprised if Wenger decides to be cautious, particularly with a visit to Premier League table toppers Chelsea looming large this weekend.

Flamini will definitely need to start given Arsenal's injury woes in central midfield, but a starting spot alongside him looks very much up for grabs.

Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky or even Francis Coquelin could get a chance to impress, although despite lack of physcial presence expect the Spanish playmaker's technical prowess to help him earn a recall.

Defensively Wenger has little choice but to stick with the same back four that faced Spurs, but further forward the inclusion of Sanchez should allow Mesut Ozil to return to his favoured number 10 role.

Oxlade-Chamberlain looks bang in form and will surely keep his place on the right-wing, with plenty of pace from the flanks to support a forward in Danny Welbeck still searching for his first home goal for the Gunners.

Arsenal predicted XI: Szczesny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil; Alexis, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck

Galatasaray predicted XI: Muslera; Telles, Chedjou, Kaya, Zan, Melo; Altintop, Inan, Sneijder; Yilmaz, Pandev

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