Arsenal will battle Galatasaray in the final match of the 2013 Emirates Cup on Sunday.
The 2012-13 Super Lig champions got a goal from Felipe Melo to take out Porto in their first match of the Emirates Cup, while the Premier League club overcame steep odds to earn a 2-2 draw with Napoli by scoring twice in the final 18 minutes.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger knows that the Turkish club will have more than just preseason fitness on their minds when the whistle blows to start the match. This tweet from Arsenal's official account had Wenger's words after the Napoli match:
While nothing more than bragging rights are on the line, we're heading into the final phase of preseason competition. Arsenal and Galatasaray will both have their sights set on winning their league crowns this year, and championship-caliber teams don't give away games.
With that in mind, here's a preview of Sunday's match, complete with television information and a preview of what you should expect from the action.
Who: Arsenal vs. Galatasaray
When: Sunday, Aug. 4, at 11:20 a.m. ET (4:20 GMT)
Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England
Watch: ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: ESPN3
Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny were the heroes for the Gunners on Saturday.
Just as it looked like Napoli were poised to hand Arsenal a demoralizing defeat on their home pitch, the duo scored consecutive goals in the second half to help the Gunners earn a draw and avoid the ire of their fans.
The Gunners will try to take that momentum to Sunday's match against Galatasaray.
While most of the focus on Sunday should remain on Emirates Stadium, there's no doubt fans will be keeping their eyes on the latest Arsenal transfer news.
Luis Suarez has been the name connected to the club the most during the current transfer window. Wenger addressed connections to Suarez again after the draw with Napoli on Saturday night, saying that his club can win without the wantaway striker.
As reported by ESPN FC, Wenger maintained confidence in Arsenal's ability to compete at the highest level of English football with their current collection of players. With or without Suarez, the Gunners will expect to win every match.
The latest chance for them to prove that mantra is against Galatasaray.
The Turkish club will be making their sixth preseason appearance this summer. The win over Porto broke a two-match winless streak, and Galatasaray will look to keep that momentum going before their first Super Lig match on Aug. 18.
With a talented group centered around veteran star Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder and Burak Yilmaz, Galatasaray has the talent to make noise both in the Turkish league and in European competition this year.
Sunday's clash should be an epic conclusion to the fast-paced action that the Emirates Cup has to offer. Expect both clubs to tighten the screws and work harder at meshing together with only a few days before league action begins.
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