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UEFA Champions League

  • 27 August 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 59946

Arsenal win Aggregate 1 - 0

Arsenal - Besiktas Preview: Everton fightback gives Wenger confidence

Arsenal - Besiktas Preview: Everton fightback gives Wenger confidence


The Gunners head into the clash on the back of a brave 2-2 draw with the Toffees and the Frenchman believes that result will stand them in good stead against the Turkish side

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal 's brave comeback against Everton is the perfect preparation for his side's crucial clash with Besiktas .

Arsenal trailed 2-0 at Goodison Park with seven minutes remaining but rescued a point thanks to late strikes from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

The fighting response from Wenger's side added to a last-gasp win over Crystal Palace on the opening day and gave them a boost ahead of the second leg of their Champions League play-off on Wednesday.

Their tie against Besiktas is evenly poised after a goalless first-leg draw in Turkey last week in which key midfielder Ramsey was sent off for the first time in his club career.

Ramsey has scored in both of his Premier League appearances this season but will be banned for the return leg at the Emirates Stadium.

"It [Everton draw] makes us strong in our belief and that's an important quality for Wednesday night," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

"This game was very physical – let's prepare well and then I believe we have a good chance.

"The task is clear. We want to win the game at home. It's the Champions League so it will be a thriller because [Besiktas] are a good side."

World Cup winners Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker returned from breaks against Everton but there was no place for Lukas Podolski, who could be on his way out of Arsenal before the transfer window closes.

Giroud suffered a late ankle injury at Goodison Park and Mikel Arteta (ankle) and Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) are also in doubt, while Theo Walcott (knee) and Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) continue to sit on the sidelines for Arsenal.

Besiktas are yet to begin their league season with their first clash coming at Mersin Idmanyurdu on Saturday.

They will hope to head into that in high spirits and are unbeaten in their three competitive matches so far this season.

First came a 5-2 aggregate win over Feyenoord in the Champions League's third qualifying round in which striker Demba Ba netted a second-leg hat-trick.

And they then impressed as they threatened Arsenal throughout the first leg in Turkey.

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