Gunners hit five past Fenerbahce

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A stunning first 21 minutes paved the way for Arsenal to beat Fenerbahce 5-2 in their Champions League Group G match at the intimidating Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott put the Gunners 2-0 up inside 11 minutes and although Mikael Silvestre's own goal reduced the deficit, Abou Diaby restored the Gunners' cushion.

Alex Song volleyed in a fourth before Daniel Guiza pulled a goal back in the 77th minute but it was too late to affect the outcome and substitute Aaron Ramsey fired in off a post in the fourth minute of injury time.

The famous Fenerbahce crowd were silenced as early as the 10th minute when Adebayor beat the offside trap to collect Cesc Fabregas' through-ball and coolly slot past Volkan Demirel for his third Champions League goal in as many matches.

A minute later it was 2-0 as Fabregas replicated his defence-splitting pass and Walcott rounded the goalkeeper, who got half a touch, before firing inside the near post.

The hosts were gifted a goal in the 19th minute when Alex floated in a free-kick and Guiza volleyed across the six-yard area where Silvestre stuck out a leg and diverted the ball past Manuel Almunia.

Within two minutes Arsenal restored their two-goal cushion when a long ball forward picked out Diaby, who held off the challenge of two defenders to fire left-footed across Volkan and into the far corner of the net.

Arsenal extended their lead in the 49th minute with Song lashing home a volley from the edge of the six-yard area after the Fenerbahce defence failed to clear.

Guiza finally atoned for his previous errors in the 77th minute when he lobbed Alex's pass over Almunia but it appeared too little too late. In the fourth minute of injury time substitute Ramsey fired in off a post to complete the rout.

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