All the pressure was on Arsenal and Arsene Wenger going into this game coming off the back of a 3-1 opening day defeat to Aston Villa.

Despite no new faces in the squad, Arsenal settled into the game far quicker than Fenerbahce and had the better of the first-half chances.

Olivier Giroud's header went wide of the goal and Aaron Ramsey scuffed a shot wide of the Fenerbahce goal after some neat build up play by the visitors.

Around the 30th minute mark Pierre Webo kicked Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny in the face whilst going in for a 50/50 challenge with the Frenchman.

The Arsenal central defender was unable to continue and was subbed off for Carl Jenkinson in the 33rd minute.

Early into first half stoppage time Jack Wilshere laced a ball through to Giroud but the striker was under pressure and skied his shot over the bar.

At half-time Arsenal had created the better chances and have retained more possession but just lack a cutting edge in front of goal.

Arsenal needing a cutting edge in the second half got off to a great start, six minutes after the restart, Ramsey plays a ball to Theo Walcott and the 24-year-old played it across to Gibbs who fired the ball into the roof of the net to make it 1-0 to the delight of the Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger.

Straight from the goal scored by Gibbs, Wilshere storms into the box and Walcott stole the ball off Wilshere and the pacey forward was denied by a great save by Volkan Demirel who made himself big in the Fenerbahce goal.

From the resulting counter attack Webo headed a ball onto Moussa Sow who clattered Wojciech Szczesny in the face with his boot whilst going for the ball.

In the 64th minute things got better for Arsenal as they doubled their lead. Ramsey charged towards goal before unleashing a thunderous strike from the edge of the area which was to powerful for Fenerbahce keeper Demirel to keep out as it went in the bottom corner off of the keepers glove.

Fenerbahce forward Sow hit his shot just a whisker over the Arsenal bar as Bacary Sagna stood off his man.

Chances for Fenerbahce had been frequent in the second-half but Arsenal have the clinical edge over their Turkish opponents and really showed their dominance against the Turkish side.

A penalty was awarded to Arsenal in the 75th minute as Walcott was brought down by Michal Kadlec from a ball over the top. Walcott's pace was to much for the Fenerbahce defender. Giroud fired the penalty confidently into the top left corner to make it 3-0 to the Gunners.

Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny made a superb save from a Kadlec shot down to his left hand side and the Polish keeper parried the ball away confidently which should help silence some of his critics.

In the 90th minute Emmanuel Emenike struck a shot at the Arsenal goal from the edge of the box, but Szczesny protected his clean sheet in style by making a stunning save.

The north London club had by far the better chances and dominated the game from start to finish, and take an impressive 3-0 lead back to the Emirates on the 27th of August.

This result should help to take the pressure off Arsenal and Wenger, and will surely please the Arsenal fans.

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