Emirates Cup 2013: Live Stream and Viewing Guide for Arsenal vs. Galatasaray

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal battles for the ball with Valon Behrami of Napoli during the match between Arsenal and Napoli at Emirates Stadium on August 3, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Arsenal and Galatasaray will meet on Saturday afternoon, with the fate of the 2013 Emirates Cup hanging in the balance.

With their 1-0 win over Porto, Galatasaray were first in the table heading into the second day of action. A win against Arsenal would assure the Turkish club the title no matter the result of the Napoli-Porto match earlier in the day. A draw could suffice as well.

Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from what was equally an encouraging and discouraging draw with Napoli. The Gunners gave up two goals in the first half, which left the crowd in the Emirates on edge. But then, Arsenal struck with two goals in the second half to draw 2-2 with the Italian club.

Although it's only preseason, this would be a nice feather in the cap for either club should they finish at the top to end the tournament.

Here's a quick preview for this high-profile friendly.


When: Sunday, August 4, at 11:20 a.m. (16:20 BST)

Where: Emirates Stadium, London

Watch: BT Sport

Live Stream: ESPN3


Arsenal Player to Watch: Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud has had a very good preseason so far.

You generally don't want to reach too much into results in friendlies, especially when it comes to Arsenal. Every year, a player looks good and Arsene Wenger goes on about how he's like a new signing. So you don't want to get too overboard in regards to Giroud. But still, with his preseason performances, you can only be encouraged for the league season.

Look at the goal he scored against Napoli:

Some are knocking the ability of the 26-year-old striker and don't think he's talented enough to lead the line for Arsenal. While not a world-class centre-forward, Giroud is of more than enough quality to be a threat for 20 goals in the upcoming season.

Eleven goals and five assists aren't terrible numbers for your first season in the Premier League, especially given what little support he had up top. He was arguably the only true centre-forward the Gunners had last season.

With the experience he built up last year, Giroud knows what to expect in the coming Premier League campaign, and he'll have a better grasp on the opposing back fours.


Galatasaray Player to Watch: Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder is nowhere near the player who helped Inter Milan win the Champions League in 2010 and looked like one of the best players in the world.

Even in his prime, Sneijder was a bit of a selfish player. That quality has only grown as he is on the wrong side of 20. He is not able to run around quite as much, so he's more stationary in his midfield position.

This is not to say that Sneijder is no longer a quality player, though. The passing and vision are still there, and he is more than capable of threading a through ball to Didier Drogba or Burak Yilmaz.

It was a bit of a surprise that he moved to Galatasray when he did, because he still has a lot left in the tank. Most players who were once world-class move to a club like Galatasaray when they reach their early- to mid-30s, like Drogba.

Instead, Sneijder decided that was the best move for him, and it's hard to argue he made the incorrect decision. Galatasaray have gotten themselves what is a very good team, capable of a deep run in the Champions League.