Gibbs Out As Arsenal Faces Besiktas

Less than 24 hours before Arsenal take on
Besiktas in Champions League qualifiers
scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 19
August, 2014, in Turkey, Arsene Wenger has
confirmed that he would be without one of
his experienced defenders.
According to Wenger, England defender
Kieran Gibbs will be out for three weeks
after suffering a hamstring injury.
The 24-year-old left back limped off during
Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace in the
Premier League.
Dailymail reports that Gibbs was left behind
as the Arsenal squad flew to Turkey for the
tie against Besiktas.
Speaking ahead of the crucial match against
the Turkish team, Wenger warned his
Arsenal team to improve after Saturday’s
sluggish performance against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal stumbled to victory in the first
league match of the season with Aaron
Ramsey’s 90th minute winner against
Palace, but they face a tough test in Istanbul.
Wenger said: “I am more positive this year
but the reality is the performance. What is
important is that we are not happy with the
performance against Palace on Saturday,
there is room for improvement. We need to
bring that into our game tomorrow.
“It is a big test because we have had a short
preparation. We know that in one week we
have three big games: Palace, Besiktas, then
Everton. From the start of the season it is a
big test.
“Every chance is different. To win against a
Turkish team is difficult. We know it is a
difficult game and we have to perform at
our very best.
“Besiktas have had a very good result
against Feyenoord so will be on our toes.
We want to produce a good performance.”
Meanwhile, there was a bit of good news
for the Gunners as Laurent Koscielny has
shaken off an achilles injury to travel and
will partner young Calum Chambers in
defence.
But striker Yaya Sanogo has also been ruled
out by a hamstring problem while Per
Mertesacker, who was on stand-by to travel,
has been left in London.
It would be recalled that Arsenal defeated
another Turkish team, Fenerbahce last year
to qualify for the group stage of the
Champions League.
Real Madrid is the current champions of the
Champions League after the Carlo Ancelotti
side defeated Athletico Madrid in last year’s
final.

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