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  1. Chris Green from Huddersfield is not so confident of Arsenal success: 'I think this could be a long evening for the Gunners if they don't improve on last Saturday's dreadful performance against Aston Villa. Fenerbahce have some good players and their stadium can be a frightening place for any visiting team, so if the Arsenal don't perform to their potential, then I can see a likely shock happening here this evening. MY PREDICTION: Fenerbahce 3-1 Arsenal.'

  2. Danny from Potters Bar is feeling optimistic: 'Expect Arsenal to come back fighting after a disappointing weekend. Can see arsenal winning 3-1 tonight, Theo first then Giroud with a brace'

  3. David (in Sunny/Smokey California) predicts a tough test for the Gunners: 'My prediction is that after the game there will be far too much made of the result either way. If Arsenal lose, it will be time to break out the embalming fluid and time to prepare the team for the Championship Division. If they win, it will be the complete vindication for Arsene, a possible CL title and competing for the PL title.''Of course, winning in Turkey against Fenerbache would be a difficult task for any of the Premier League teams, not because they are so elite, but it is just a tough thing to do, travel to a hostile park a full continent away, against a team that is no slouch. But it is just one game, but that won't stop folks from frothing over the result.'

  4. There are four former Premier League players in the Fenerbahce line-up tonight, most notably ex-Liverpool pair Raul Meireles and Dirk Kuyt. Joseph Yobo and Emre also feature.

  5. If you fancy a flutter tonight, Arsenal are 13/10 for the win with Sky Bet, with the home side 9/4 and the draw 12/5. I quite fancy a bit of 1st goalscorer action, with Theo Walcott my fancy at 7/1.

  6. It could be a tough night in store for the Gunners as they bid to reach the Champions League group stage yet again, but how do you think they will do tonight? e-mail me at

  7. Fenerbahce team: Demirel, Irtegun, Yobo, Bruno Alves, Kadlec, Topal, Meireles, Emre, Sow, Webo, Kuyt. Subs: Gunok, Korkmaz, Baroni, Potuk, Emenike, Gonul, Erkin.

  8. Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Rosicky, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Giroud, Walcott. Subs: Fabianski, Podolski, Monreal, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Gnabry.

  9. Good evening and welcome to the live commentary for the Champions League play-off round 1st leg clash between Fenerbahce and Arsenal in Istanbul. We'll have the teams for you shortly...

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