Arsenal vs Besiktas team news: Alexis Sanchez keeps his place as the Gunners’ lone striker after Olivier Giroud injury

How the teams line up for tonight’s Champions League qualifier

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Alexis Sanchez will lead Arsenal’s attack in their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas at the Emirates Stadium tonight, with Olivier Giroud out with a suspected broken foot he suffered in the 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday.

The Gunners were already without key midfielders Mikel Arteta (ankle) plus Aaron Ramsey (suspension), meaning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes into the starting XI.

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The first leg between the teams ended goalless in Turkey last week, Demba Ba impressed for the home side in the tie, nearly scoring from kick-off with an audacious half-way line effort that had goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny scrambling to make the save.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had Arsenal’s best effort of the game, his late slalom into the Besiktas box yielded a curling shot which was palmed onto the post by Erkan Zengin.

Arsenal: Szcsesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis

Subs: Martinez, Chambers, Rosicky, Coquelin, Podolski, Sanogo, Campbell