Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that striker Olivier Giroud is out of action with an ankle injury but was non-committal over how long the Frenchman will be missing from action.
“Giroud is out for tomorrow. After that, we don’t know how long he will be out for,” said Wenger.
Wenger did offer Arsenal fans some hope, with the news that Mikel Arteta's problem is short term and left-back Kieran Gibbs will be back in action after the international break.
"Arteta is a short term injury but is out for tomorrow. Gibbs will be back after the internationals."
Wenger also ruled out the chances of German forward Lukas Podolski leaving, confirming that he'll be in the squad to face Besiktas.
"Podolski is in the squad tomorrow and will stay with us."
Wenger simply described tomorrow’s game against Besiktas as a big match because the Gunners are aiming to compete at the highest level this season.
“It's a very important game because we want to play at the top of our level.”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also present at the press conference and revealed that he’s got no problems if Wenger wants to move him inside off of the wing.
“I enjoy playing in central midfield but I'll play where the boss asks me to play,” said the midfielder.
“Whoever plays up front knows their role. It's up to the players around the striker to chip in with goals.”