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Besiktas vs. Arsenal: Lineups and Match Thread

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The first leg of Arsenal's Champions League qualifier from Istanbul--here we go!

Clive Mason

Arsenal v. Besiktas
UEFA Champions League Play Off
Tuesday, August 19, 11.45 PT/2.45 ET/7.45 BT/9.45 EET
Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
TV: Fox Sports 1 (US), Fox Sports Go online; for worldwide listings go to

Arsenal kick off their Champions League campaign with the first of a two-leg contest today with Besiktas. The winner of the tie will go into the draw for the group stages of the competition proper. Here is your place to follow along with all of the action from Turkey!

Remember the following guidelines for match threads:
- Be kind to each other; tempers will flare during matches, but please do not take it out on fellow TSFers.
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Oh, and one other update: if you don't already follow, we have the Short Fuse twitter feed as well--Zito will tweet you through the first half, and I'll have the second. Check it out!

Otherwise, enjoy the match, and COME ON ARSENAL!

Here are the lineups for Arsenal and Besiktas:

And the subs for Arsenal: