Sunday, August 4, 2013
Arsenal vs Galatasaray
Arsenal will battle Galatasaray in the final match of the 2013 Emirates Cup on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger's side come into this game after avoiding defeat against Napoli in their first fixture of the competition. The game ended in a 2-2 draw as the north London club managed to continue their unbeaten pre-season streak.
The Gunners were trailing 2-0 at half-time, to goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Goran Pandev. However, the hosts made a strong comeback in the second half and their efforts paid off in the final quarter of the game. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Arsenal before Laurent Koscielny equalised in the dying moments of the game.
Meanwhile, Galatasaray enter this game after a 1-0 win over Porto on Saturday. Felipe Melo converted from the spot-kick to end the Portuguese champions' unbeaten run in the pre-season. Paulo Fonseca's men could have sealed victory earlier in the game, but failed to convert two penalties.
Faith Terim is likely to field a strong lineup for the last game of the Emirates Cup. Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba and Dutch international midfielder Wesley Sneijder featured in Saturday's win over Porto and could be included in the starting XI for the tie against Arsenal.