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Dominant Arsenal make light work of Fenerbahçe

Published: Wednesday 21 August 2013, 22.39CET
Fenerbahçe SK 0-3 Arsenal FC
The Gunners are well-placed for a 16th successive group stage appearance following a commanding first-leg performance in Istanbul.

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Match statistics

FenerbahçeArsenal

Goals scored0
3
Possession (%)48
 
52
Total attempts9
 
14
on target3
 
10
off target6
 
4
blocked1
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
5
Offsides6
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
8
Fouls suffered8
 
8
Passes533
 
609
completed401
 
479

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 21 August 2013, 22.39CET

Dominant Arsenal make light work of Fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe SK 0-3 Arsenal FC
The Gunners are well-placed for a 16th successive group stage appearance following a commanding first-leg performance in Istanbul.

Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud earned Arsenal FC a convincing first-leg victory against Fenerbahçe SK, all but securing the Gunners a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 16th successive season.

A play-off tie lacking in major incident sprung to life six minutes after the restart when Gibbs turned in his first European goal. Ramsey, on target when the English side won 5-2 here in the group stage five years ago, drove in the second after hour and a miserable night for Fenerbahçe was compounded by Giroud's 77th-minute penalty.  

Arsenal soon settled into their rhythm, slowing the game down and probing for openings in an attempt to quell the raucous home supporters. Opportunities were slow to materialise, though, with an off-target Giroud header the closest either side came in the first 20 minutes.

For all of the Premier League team's neat interplay, Volkan Demirel was never seriously extended in a half in which the visitors lost centre-back Laurent Koscielny to a facial injury following a high boot to the face from Moussa Sow.

Fenerbahçe, who never deviated from their game plan of getting men behind the ball before the break, started the second period positively, with Dirk Kuyt firing over from outside the penalty area. Within two minutes, though, they were behind, with Gibbs the unlikely scorer. Ramsey slipped in Theo Walcott inside the penalty area and the England international's ball across goal was gleefully swept in at the far post by the left-back.

One very nearly became two moments later when Walcott, freed by Jack Wilshere, was denied by Volkan, who then beat out a Wilshere shot. A second goal did arrive in the 64th minute, though, Ramsey advancing unopposed and unleashing a low shot which Volkan could only palm into his own net.

Michal Kadlec's foul on the lively Walcott gave Giroud the chance to ice the cake and leave Fenerbahçe, who elicited two saves from Wojciech Szczęsny late on, praying for a minor miracle in London next week.

The participation of Fenerbahçe in the competition is subject to pending disciplinary and CAS proceedings.

Last updated: 05/09/13 6.17CET

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Lineups

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

arsenal

Arsenal

1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
Yellow Card75
4
Bekir İrtegünBekir İrtegün
Substitution46
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker (C)
6
YoboJoseph Yobo
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
Substitution33
7
SowMoussa Sow
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
9
WebóPierre Webó
Yellow Card30
Substitution62
10
WilshereJack Wilshere
11
KuytDirk Kuyt
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
Goal77
Substitution82
14
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution82
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution87
22
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Yellow Card66
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Goal64
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec
Yellow Card76
19
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
25
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu (C)
28
GibbsKieran Gibbs
Goal51

Substitutes

23
Mert GünokMert Günok (GK)
21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
2
Egemen KorkmazEgemen Korkmaz
9
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution82
16
CristianCristian
17
MonrealNacho Monreal
Substitution87
26
Alper PotukAlper Potuk
Substitution82
22
SanogoYaya Sanogo
29
EmenikeEmmanuel Emenike
Substitution62
25
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
Substitution33
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
Substitution46
26
FrimpongEmmanuel Frimpong
88
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
44
GnabrySerge Gnabry

Coach

Ersun Yanal (TUR) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA), Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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