Istanbul: Arsene Wenger has vowed to field a strong team against Galatasaray today as the under-fire Arsenal manager bids to silence the critics by snatching top spot in Group D.

Arsene Wenger
Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger (fifth from left) talks to his team during a training session in London yesterday. Pic/AFP

Wenger's side have already qualified for the knockout stages of Europe's elite club competition, but they would prefer to finish the group stage in first place to avoid a potentially tricky Last 16 clash.

Even more importantly, Wenger desperately needs some good news after a chastening trip to Stoke on Saturday ended with the Gunners boss looking a beleaguered figure as he was abused by angry Arsenal fans while waiting to board the club's train home after their dismal 3-2 defeat. An online video shows the Frenchman being subjected to foul-mouthed taunts from fans.

"We'll go with a strong team of course, we want to win the game," Wenger said.