Key Battles That Will Shape Arsenal's Champions League Clash with Besiktas

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Key Battles That Will Shape Arsenal's Champions League Clash with Besiktas
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Arsenal face a crucial Champions League tie against Besiktas at home this week. If they do not win or draw 0-0, they will not qualify for the group stage for the first time in the Arsene Wenger era.

Besiktas are notoriously poor travelers; they lost to Liverpool 8-0 several years ago and have never progressed out of the group stage of the Champions League despite getting some favorable results at home.

The pressure will be on for Arsenal, though. Failure to qualify will be humiliating and will knock the club down from the elite status it claims.

Let's look at several key battles for the Gunners in this massive fixture.

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