Wenger delivers latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Galatasaray clash
The Arsenal manager names his starting line-up for Tuesday's clash and also reveals a number of key absentees
Arsene Wenger has taken the unusual step of naming his team for Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray on Tuesday night.
The Frenchman revealed his starting line-up during his pre-match news conference on Monday night, while also explaining some notable absences.
“To make it as simple as possible, I have 11 experienced players and six young field players on the bench. That means I have nothing to hide,” Wenger said.
“[Mathieu] Debuchy is back with us and he will play. [Wojciech] Szczesny is back in goal and [Per] Mertesacker, [Calum] Chambers and [Hector] Bellerin will play because [Kieran] Gibbs didn’t travel. Then you have [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Mathieu] Flamini, [Lukas] Podolski, [Yaya] Sanogo and [Joel] Campbell.
“The players who needed it stayed behind, like [Santi] Cazorla, [Alexis] Sanchez and Gibbs. [Olivier] Giroud is not qualified.
“[Danny] Welbeck could have travelled but he had recently a little knee problem and took advantage of that for rest him.
“Sanchez had a groin problem for a while now and he has played 27 games. Basically it is more just the number of repetitive games we have.”
Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Bellerin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Sanogo, Podolski.