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Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Arsenal host Besiktas in the second leg of the Champions League play-off at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. The first leg ended 0-0.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm BST on Wednesday. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Arsenal come into this game in a mixed state of mind. On one side they can take heart from their morale boosting comeback to rescue a point against Everton at the weekend in the Premier League, but on the other hand, they were outplayed in the first leg by Besiktas and also come into this game without Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud and Kieran Gibbs.

Arsenal are looking to make it into the group stages for the 18<sup>th season in a row, but this will be the toughest test in the past few years. Arsene Wenger will hope his team can get the job done even without their first choice striker or midfield pairing.

All three German internationals should be set to play a part in the game, with Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker likely to start. Joel Campbell might get a nod at some point during the game due to the absence of Giroud.

Slaven Bilic
Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic Reuters

Meanwhile, Besiktas will come into this game with no fear at all. They took the game to the Gunners in the first leg and have less to lose than their illustrious opponents.

However, one drawback will be the absence of coach Slaven Bilic on the touchline. The Croatian was banned for a match, after he was sent off at the end of the first leg for protesting a referee's decision.

The Turkish club have no fresh injury concerns and should also have the services of Atiba Hutchinson, who missed the first leg through a hamstring injury.

What Manager Say

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): "Of course. We want to show we can get into group stage. We've had disappointments in past and we want to carry on improving. The task is clear; we want to win the game at. It's the Champions League so it will be a thriller because [Besiktas] are a good side."

Slaven Bilic (Besiktas): "We go to the Emirates in one week with even more confidence than we had before this game. For the majority of my players, this was the first time that they've played against big guys and they were worried, asking 'are we any good? After this, they know they're good. We have a plan, we have a dream."

Betting Odds (

Arsenal to win: 3/8

Besiktas to win: 13/2

Draw: 19/5

Team News


Probable Lineup: Szczesny; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla; Sanchez.


Probable Lineup: Zengin; Koybasi, Franco, Gulum, Motta; Ozyakup, Uysal, Kavlak, Sahan, Pektemek; Ba.