Arsenal on the brink after Turkish Delight
Arsene Wenger's men beat a poor Fenerbahce side to put one foot in the Champions League
Arsene Wenger has been under mounting pressure for what seems likes years. Arsenal teams of recent seasons have been maybe boys and and inconsistent marvels.
However, it was a surprise to everyone when on the opening day of the season Aston Villa hammered the Gunners 3-1 in their own back garden.
It was not the start Wenger wanted, nor the fans and I doubt the players. So the next match was an important one and boy did a woeful Fenerbahce make it look easy.
Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 victory in Turkey in the first leg of their Champions League play-off round tie. Fenerbahce, whose place in the European competition is still subject to a hearing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for match fixing, didn’t really turn up and in fairness Arsenal could have been a number of goals to the good in the first half.
The Gunners were spritely throughout, carving out chance after chance. The Gunners had the better of the possession, but it took until the second half before Kieran Gibbs opened the scoring. In the 51st minute he smashed in from close range after being put through by Theo Walcott.
It was then Ramsey who doubled their lead 11 minutes later with a 20-yard drive that Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel could only push into his own net. The final goal came after Walcott was brought down in the area, Olivier Giroud stepping up to the plate to score from the penalty spot.
This was a wonderful display from a side that desperately needed one. Despite a growing injury list, with Laurent Koscielny joining it last night due to a facial injury in the first half, it was exactly the result that Arsenal needed and makes them overwhelming favourites to make the Champions League group stages yet again.
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