Arsenal predicted lineup versus Fenerbahce

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Arsenal are due to take on Fenerbahce tonight in a Champions League first leg tie in Turkey.

An injury plagued team would have left many Arsenal fans feeling as if there will be a largely inexperienced side put out at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.

However, with the likes of Sagna, Gibbs, Rosicky and Ramsey training, only Oxlade Chamberlain will be missing from the squad that lost on the opening day of the Premier league to Aston Villa.

My prediction for the Arsenal line-up is as follows (4-2-3-1)...

Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski 

On Saturday against Aston Villa, the current Arsenal No.1 put in a largely unconvincing performance. 

Wojciech Szczesny was dropped near to the end of last season at the expense of Lukasz Fabianski who put in good performance after good performance before getting injured in April which allowed Szczesny back into the first team.

After a poor performance on Saturday maybe Fabianski could break back into the starting 11. The place is certainly up for grabs.

Right Back: Carl Jenkinson

Bacary Sagna is the most experienced right back at Arsenal but maybe his injury from Saturday will set him back, that's what you'd think anyway because it looked a nasty fall.

He resumed training on Monday and looked fit enough to be back into the team. However, although Sagna has been taken to Turkey, he may not be risked ahead of the Premier League game at Craven Cottage.

When looking at Champions League games last season, out of the eight games that Arsenal played Jenkinson started in five of them. With only two centre backs available for Arsenal due to the injury of Thomas Vermaelen, maybe Sagna will be used as a back up right back/centre back. 

Centre backs: Per Mertesacker + Laurent Koscielny

Per Mertesacker would be an obvious choice to start at centre half for Arsenal. This is due to the fact that Arsenal only have two available in Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

The German international was the captain at the Emirates Stadium in the defeat to Aston Villa and you can only assume that it will be exactly the same in Turkey.

He and Laurent Koscielny looked to be in formidable form when they had a series of games together at the back near the end of last season. With nobody else available with the exception of Sagna, who's primarily a right back, there isn't many other options for Arsenal.

Left back: Kieran Gibbs

With Nacho Monreal back in the squad for Arsenal it may come as a surprise that the Spaniard may not get his first Arsenal Champions League game.

However, since he is just coming back from injury there may be doubts about his match fitness. Although Gibbs did come off injured against Aston Villa, it was confirmed that all he suffered was a 'deep cut' which means he should potentially be fine to start.

Central midfielders: Aaron Ramsey + Jack Wilshere

These two started the game against Aston Villa on Saturday. Given a fully fit squad you would expect Arteta to start but seeing that he is out injured for potentially the next six weeks it is hard to see any better duo in midfield than these two.

Aaron Ramsey would be expected to start in a deeper, holding midfield role. This role isn't particularly new to him although he arguably plays better in a more creative role. Should Jack Wilshere start as I predict, it would be expected that he would play in a more creative role. 

Central attacking midfielder: Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla came on at half time on Saturday against Aston Villa for Oxlade Chamberlain and he didn't seem particularly convincing.

Part of this may be due to him recently coming back from Ecuador where he took part in a friendly for Spain. Another reason may be that he played on the left when substituted on.

It can very well be argued that the best position for Santi Cazorla is through the middle where he can operate in the hole. He's exceptional at putting the ball through the gaps in the defence while operating here. Maybe we'll see more of that tonight. 

Left winger: Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski should be one of the fittest players in the first team. This is because he only played for two minutes on Saturday.

Podolski is one of the only first team wingers that's available for Arsenal and with his lack of game time at the weekend it only makes sense that he plays in the Champions League.

Lukas is a real threat when it comes to firepower in the Champions League scoring four in six appearances in the competition last season. He could potentially be the game winner in the first leg. 

Right Winger: Theo Walcott

Aside from Ryo Miyaichi and Serge Gnabry, Theo Walcott is the only choice Arsenal have for the right wing. With a lot of pressure on the team/manager to qualify for the Champions League it wouldn't be totally surprising if Walcott was to be selected despite playing all 90 minutes of the Premier League game at the weekend.

Theo will provide the Gunners with a lot of pace along the right side of the pitch which with the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere in midfield, they can fully utilise.

But saying that, Ryo provides a threat when it comes to speed and maybe Arsene Wenger will choose to try out some of the youngsters. 

Centre forward: Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud is a major threat on goal as last season proved, where he scored against the likes of Bayern Munich and FC Schalke in the Champions League. In preseason Olivier Giroud scored eight goals, showing exceptional form.

He carried on this form scoring just six minutes into the Premier league season. There is no doubt that he is certainly Arsenal's biggest threat on goal. 

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