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Arteta - Let's bounce back from Dortmund

Arsenal v Galatasaray programme

'When you lose away from home in your first game, it makes things very hard, so there's a real emphasis to get three points'

Mikel Arteta says the Arsenal squad are determined to get their Champions League campaign up and running against Galatasaray.

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Arsene Wenger's team enter Wednesday night's match at the bottom of Group D after defeat in Dortmund on matchday one.

And Arteta feels that losing in Germany makes beating Cesare Prandelli's side even more important.

"Tonight's game is absolutely crucial for us," the Arsenal captain told the official matchday programme. "When you lose away from home in your first game, it makes things very hard, so there's a real emphasis to get three points this evening.

"That will be tough because we are up against a Galatasaray team with a lot of experience in Europe. They have beaten top clubs and they know how to set up and play in these games, which is something we need to be aware of.

"Galatasaray have a squad with a lot of quality and experience. Turkish sides are always very passionate and that will make our task tougher.

"They have some excellent players including the likes of Felipe Melo and Wesley Sneijder, plus Burak Yilmaz, who really impressed me in the Champions League during the 2012/13 season.

"Cesare Prandelli has replaced Roberto Mancini as manager and Galatasaray have made a solid start to the season. He likes to play offensive football, to be creative and he also has very good tactical knowledge.

"Their draw against Anderlecht in the opening group game was probably the best possible result for us but they showed character to come back from a goal down in that game."

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