Preview: Arsenal v Galatasaray, Emirates Cup 2013

Arsenal v Napoli - Emirates Cup

Date: Sunday, 04/08/2013

Kick off: 16:20 GMT, 20:50 IST
Location: Emirates Stadium, Ashburton Grove, London, England, United Kingdom

Arsenal take on Galatasaray in the final game of the Emirates Cup following the day’s opener between Napoli and Porto in London today afternoon.

The Gunners drew 2-2 with Napoli in their tournament opener while the Turkish side beat Porto 1-0 in the first game of the Emirates Cup.

Those results mean that Arsenal are joint second with Napoli in the standings while Galatasaray are atop with four. The tournament rewards one point for every goal scored in addition to the result of that match.

Overview

Arsenal:

Arsene Wenger’s men drew their first game of the tournament with Italian side Napoli.

The Neapolitans took the lead through Lorenzo Insigne in the seventh minute and doubled it in the first half when Macedonia striker Goran Pandev rounded Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski to slot home.

Jose Reina then saved Lukas Podolski’s spot kick to keep the score in favour of the visitors.

But the Gunners rallied in the second half and late goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny’s opportunistic strike with four minutes remaining.

The result means that both sides are locked level on three points after their game.

For either side to win the tournament, they will have to win their upcoming games by a significant margin and hope other results go their way.

Galatasaray:

The Turks beat Porto 1-0 in the tournament’s opener although it was a game peppered with goalscoring opportunities.

The game saw the return of former Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue, who still has a cult following at the Emirates Stadium and it was the Ivorian who played some part in the game’s only goal.

It was he who was fouled in the area to allow Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo to convert from the spot in the 70th minute.

But Porto had more than enough opportunities to draw level and even take the lead. Jackson Martinez had a first half penalty saved by Fernando Muslera and seven minutes after Galatasaray had taken the lead, Lucho Gonzalez’s spot kick went wide.

This is the first time both teams have competed in the tournament.

Team News:

Arsenal:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that both new signing Yaya Sanogo and last season’s Player of the Year Santi Cazorla will both see action over the weekend.

In addition, the defensive crisis that befell the Gunners during their Asia Tour seems to be resolving itself. Thomas Vermaelen will be back in six weeks because of a stress fracture but Nacho Monreal will resume training this Monday.

Squad (from): Wojciech Szczesny, Per Mertesacker, Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Lukasz Fabianski, Yaya Sanogo, Carl Jenkinson, Emmanuel Frimpong, Kieran Gibbs, Ryo Miyaichi, Damian Martinez, Ignasi Miquel, Nicklas Bendtner

Galatasaray:

As always, the Turkish side have brought in new players this summer. Aurelien Chedjou (Lille), Umut Bulut (Toulouse) and Felope Melo (Juventus) have come in to the side, making for a formidable outfit.

People will be looking to see Wesley Sneijder, Didier Drogba, Fernando Muslera, Nordin Amrabat and Albert Riera in action.

Squad (from): Felipe Melo, Hamit Altintop, Gokhan Zan, Ceyhun Gulsalem, Selcuk Inan, Johan Elmander, Wesley Sneijder, Albert Riera, Didier Drogba, Dany Nounkeu, Burak Yilmaz, Umut Bulut, Aurelien Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Colin Kazim-Richards, Erman Kilic, Fernando Muslera, Semih Kaya, Emmanuel Eboue, Yekta Kurtulus, Engin Baytar, Emre Colak, Nordin Amrabat, Sabri Sarioglu, Eray Iscan, Aykut Ercetin

Key Men:

Arsenal: Santi Cazorla

The diminutive Spaniard picked up the gong for Player of the Season and having returned from an extended vacation because of his commitments with the Spain National Football Team, will play his first game in an Arsenal jersey this weekend.

Galatasaray: Emmanuel Eboue

Arsenal fans were sorry to see the back of the likeable Ivorian but although he had his detractors, they will be happy to see him today afternoon and will be sure to cheer his every move. Expect him to get an ovation once the game ends, irrespective of who lifts the trophy today.

Prediction:

Galatasaray have been in good form during their pre season commitments but Arsenal will be a stern test.

The Gunners will want to continue demonstrating the mental strength they showed in the first game and attempt to practise lifting a trophy in front of their own supporters.

Arsenal 3-1 Galatasaray

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