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Arsene Wenger Names Arsenal Starting Eleven For Galatasaray 24 Hours Before Match

Mathieu Debuchy to make first start since September.

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Arsene Wenger has taken the unusual step of naming his Arsenal starting XI, for their final Champions League group game with Galatasaray, 24 hours before the match, according to Guardian journalist David Hytner.

The big news from the Arsenal boss is that right back Mathieu Debuchy is set to make his long awaited return from injury. Debut only played three games for the Gunners in the Premier League before damaging ankle ligaments against Manchester City in September.

The Frenchman was expected back this month but said earlier this month that he was targeting Arsenal’s boxing day match with Queens Park Rangers following three months on the sidelines.

However, Debuchy has been named in the starting XI of players that Arsene Wenger has revealed to reporters.

Wojciech Szczesny is the other eye-catching return, the Polish goalkeeper was forced off injured against Manchester United last month and has not played since.

Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers and Per Mertesacker make up the rest of the Gunners back-line. Perennial bench-warmers Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell are also set for starts with the hero of the Gunners last Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund, Yaya Sanogo, starts upfront.

Six youngsters will sit on the bench for Arsenal tomorrow night in Turkey; Chuba Akpom, Gedion Zelalem, Glen Kamara, Stefan O’Connor, Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will all make the trip.

 

Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Alexis Sanchez are the most notable absentees from the Gunners squad with Arsenal arriving in Istanbul knowing their qualification for the next round of the competition is secure.

The Gunners are favourites finish second in Group D, but can achieve top spot if they win and Borussia Dortmund lose, or the German side draw and Arsenal can beat Galatasaray by a margin of six goals.

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