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Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident Arsenal's technical ability will give them the edge needed to get past Besiktas and secure a place in the Champions League group stages.
The North Londoners are two games into their multi-front campaign, unbeaten in both, but are light in terms of options in defence - as recognised by Wenger himself who told the press following the club's 0-0 draw with Besiktas at the Ataturk Stadium in Turkey in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League that Arsenal are "a ... (more)
The Gunners have been linked with a number of marquee players, including Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, but the Frenchman has now played down reports suggesting no transfers are im... Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal are not set to sign anyone in the coming days, following their 0-0 Champions League draw with Besiktas on Tuesday evening.
Arsenal on Tuesday survived the test of a raucous Istanbul crowd and a hugely-energised Besiktas side to leave Turkey with a goalless draw and their hopes intact of advancing to the Champions League group stage.
When you play as well as Calum Chambers did on his Champions League debut against Besiktas, there is nowhere to hide.
Just to confirm both starting teams for you this evening: Besiktas: Tolga Zengin, Ismail Koybasi, Ramon Motta, Ersan Gulum, Pedro Franco, Olcay Sahan, Veli Kavlak, Necip Uysal, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Mustafa Pektemek, Demba Ba.
Having ended the previous campaign with their first silverware in almost a decade, the Gunners have enjoyed a stable summer and are ready for another assault on the Premier League.
ArsA ne Wenger has warned his Arsenal players of the intense physical test of playing Besiktas here in Istanbul tonight in the Champions League before returning to face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening.
The Gunners desperately need defensive cover and Manolas will cost significantly less than other alternatives such as Manchester City's Matija Nastasic Arsenal are having negotiations with Olympiacos for the 23-year-old centre half who has also been on Juventus's hit-list.
Sporting played host to FC Clacton at Mile End Stadium on Saturday, having lost to the seasiders on the Essex coast at the same stage last season.
And we're off! With the first week's action now confined to cached page history, let's look back at some of the key takeaways.
Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters.
Arsenal's 42 million record signing Mesut Ozil is not expected to travel for the club's crucial Champions League qualifier.
At the heart of Arsenal's defence, Calum Chambers played as if he owned the place.
Updated: Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:26 am
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