Tuesday August 27, 2013 Play-off round Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 - 0 Fenerbahçe

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  1. Champions League - Ramsey brace sees Arsenal past Fenerbahce

    Champions League - Ramsey brace sees Arsenal past Fenerbahce

    Aaron Ramsey netted an impressive brace as Arsenal sealed their place in the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce. More

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Fenerbahçe
    • - What did you make of the game? Is Aaron Ramsey good enough to hold down his position in the centre of midfield for Arsenal? Does Arsene Wenger still need to spend? Let me know on Twitter (@grahamruthven).
    • - All in all, a comfortable night for Arsenal with Aaron Ramsey in particular impressing for the Gunners. This was a decent Fenerbahce side and Arsenal strolled it, sending out a sign to the critics.
    • 93' FULL TIME: Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce
    • 92' Jenkinson almost makes it three, but his close range shot is brilliantly saved by Volkan after a fast counter attack by Arsenal. The full back is still looking for his first senior goal.
    • 91' Arsenal will finish this game with ten men, with Ramsey coming off. Doesn't appear to have an injury or anything, though.
    • 90' Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the second half.
    • 89' Ramsey finds Wilshere with a great, measured through ball but after coming inside on to his right foot the Arsenal midfielder shoots straight at Volkan. Decent effort.
    • 88' YELLOW CARD: Gokhan Gonul (Fenerbahce)
    • 87' Get the feeling Wilshere is being targeted a bit here, this time taken down by Gokhan Gonul.
    • 85' Cazorla plants the freekick right into the centre of the Fenerbahce wall. It was a big wall, mind.
    • 84' Alves cynically takes down Wilshere as he runs through at the Fenerbahce backline. That was ugly.
    • 83' Wilshere is back on the field but limping about. Arsenal have used their three changes but surely there's no real need for Wilshere to be out there?
    • 82' Fenerbahce sub: Moussa Sow OFF, Mehmet Topuz ON.
    • 80' Yep, Wilshere's down on the turf and signalling to the bench.
    • 79' Wilshere is struggling with an ankle knock. Last thing he needs is another set back.
    • 77' YELLOW CARD: Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce)
    • 76' Alves lines up a freekick from the edge of the box but his strike is straight into the Arsenal keeper.
    • 75' Cazorla comes surging through the midfield, passing to Sanoga but the Frenchman can't take it in his stride and shoots well over the bar.
    • 74' Arsenal sub: Theo Walcott OFF, Ryo Miyaichi ON.
    • 72' What an incredible finish by Ramsey. He could've taken a touch before shooting but his first time shot was expertly directed into the bottom corner. Wonderful.
    • 71' GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce (71 mins - Aaron Ramsey). The Welshman doubles Arsenal's advantage with a cool side-footed volley.
    • 69' YELLOW CARD: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
    • 68' Cazorla rides a couple of chances before trying to slot through Walcott but his pass is overhit.
    • 67' Walcott fires a freekick towards goal from a tight angle, but his shot smashes off the bar. Might've got a touch off Volkan on its way through.
    • 65' Fenerbahce sub: Dirk Kuyt and Cristian OFF, Pierre Webo and Alper Potuk.
    • 64' Gibbs is presented with a free header from the subsequent corner but his effort flashes high and wide. Good opportunity.
    • 63' Great save by Volkan, who gets down low to tip Cazorla's powerful half volley round the post. Excellent fingertip save.
    • 61' The tempo of this game has died, with the substitutions and of course, the scoreline. Hoping for an injection of urgency soon.
    • 60' Alves has returned to the game, meaning Fenerbahce have 11 players again.
    • 59' Arsenal sub: Olivier Giroud OFF, Yaya Sanoga ON.
    • 58' With Gibbs on for Podolski Arsenal are now using two full backs down the left side. That'll be an interesting experiment.
    • 56' Fenerbahce are down to ten men with Alves off the pitch getting stitches on a head wound after a clash with Giroud.
    • 55' Emenike is booked for diving after going down in the box under the non-challenge of Szczesny. Indeed there was no contact.
    • 54' YELLOW CARD: Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce)
    • 52' Egemen hits the bar with a neat little flicked header over Szczesny but he's flagged for offside.
    • 51' Arsenal almost spark a counter attack, with four players surging forward, but Giroud can't control the ball and Fenerbahce recover.
    • 50' Kuyt shoots at goal from the edge of the box but his effort is charged down by the Arsenal backline.
    • 49' Wenger will be hoping Podolski's injury isn't too serious, especially after his two-goal performance at the weekend.
    • 48' Arsenal sub: Lukas Podolski OFF, Kieran Gibbs ON.
    • 47' Indeed Podolski is limping off and will be replaced from the bench. But by who?
    • 46' Podolski turns and surges towards the backline before crossing into the box. But as his pass is blocked for a corner the German feels something in his hamstring and turns to the bench. Game over for him?
    • 45' The second half has started at the Emirates!
    • - What did you make of the first half? Should Arsenal have scored more than once? Do Fenerbahce stand any chance at all of staging a comeback? Let me know on Twitter (@grahamruthven).
    • - Arsenal are in total control here. Ramsey and Cazorla have been impressive in the centre of midfield, although Fenerbahce have threatened on the counter attack. Wenger must be wary of that.
    • 45' HALF TIME: Arsenal 1-0 Fenerbahce (4-0 on aggregate)
    • 44' Giroud passes up a great chance to double Arsenal's advantage, but sweeps his close range effort at the near post well over the bar.
    • 43' Cazorla is dropping deep to collect the ball from the Arsenal defenders now. It means by the time he gets to the opposition midfield he's in full flow!
    • 42' Sow takes control of the ball on the right side of the field, but his cross is misjudged and finds the Arsenal keeper under no pressure.
    • 41' Arsenal will just want to see out this half now, with Fenerbahce coming back into the contest somewhat.
    • 40' Wilshere jinks through the Fenerbahce midfield before attempting to chip through Walcott but the winger is flagged for offside.
    • 39' Szczesny pulls off another great save, once again from Emenike. This time he stops the Fenerbahce from close range after a good cross into the box from the right wing.
    • 38' Szczesny turns Emenike's powerful drive on to the post after a counter attack. Great strike towards the near post, even better save.
    • 36' Cazorla dribbles into the box, with the Fenerbahce backline backing off towards their own goal. Finally the Spaniard strikes at goal but his effort is deflected wide for a corner.
    • 35' As well as Cazorla and Ramsey are playing Wilshere is looking a little out of sorts. Some of his passes have been wayward, although his energy has given Arsenal traction going forward.
    • 34' Bruno Alves puts down the ball for a freekick 25 yards out but his curled effort flashes just over the bar. Good strike.
    • 33' I should mention that Ramsey has now scored in three of the last four meetings between Arsenal and Fenerbahce. Prolific.
    • 32' Cazorla and Ramsey are playing very well in the middle for Arsenal. The Spaniard looks to be enjoying himself.
    • 31' The stuffing has been well and truly knocked out of Fenerbahce. Arsenal are toying with them. Impressive display so far.
    • 30' Ramsey feeds Giroud, who surges through the Fenerbahce backline, but instead of passing it across the six yard box for Podolski he shoots and sees his effort smothered.
    • 29' That goal continues Ramsey's impressive start to the season. Is the Welshman the central midfielder Arsenal have been craving in recent years?
    • 28' YELLOW CARD: Egemen Korkmaz (Fenerbahce)
    • 26' Ramsey now has five goals in 28 European games, compared to just seven in 104 league games.
    • 25' Arsenal have the lead on the night, meaning Fenerbache now need four goals to progress now. Game over, you would think.
    • 24' GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Fenerbahce (24 mins - Aaron Ramsey). The Welsh midfielder gets the ball rolling for the home side, tucking away after a good move involving Podolski and Walcott.
    • 23' Jenkinson whips a cross into the box but after flapping at the ball Fenerbahce keeper Volkan gets away with it.
    • 22' Fenerbahce come away on the counter attack and when the ball falls to Selcuk on the edge of the box the midfielder strikes first time towards goal. But his effort flashes past the post.
    • 21' Walcott lines up the freekick from 30 yards but lands his poor delivery into the jumping Fenerbahce wall.
    • 19' Podolski drives towards goal and is taken down by Emenike.
    • 18' If Fenerbahce want to stand any chance of making a comeback they need to make better choices in the final third.
    • 17' The two sides look pretty well matched at the moment. Fenerbahce have made the Arsenal backline appear a little shaky.
    • 16' Great intricate skill by Cazorla to release some space in midfield but when the ball makes its way to Giroud the French striker plants his left-footed shot just past the post.
    • 15' Gonul gets down the right wing, finding space in behind Monreal, but his pass into the box from the byline is too strong for Kuyt sprinting into the area.
    • 14' Walcott picks up the ball 30 yards out before turning and lining up a shot with his unfavoured left foot. However his strike is straight at the keeper.
    • 13' Now it's Arsenal's turn to come forward but Jenkinson is halted down the right wing.
    • 12' That would've been a downright bizarre goal. Arsenal must do better at the back.
    • 11' Great save by the Arsenal keeper after a bizarre rebound off Meireles. Sow messed up his shot from 10 yards before the ball fell to Meireles. However an Arsenal clearance bounced off the Fenerbahce man, forcing Szczesny into a good save.
    • 9' Far from a capacity crowd at the Emirates for this one. Of course, it'll probably still be announced as a sell-out.
    • 8' The most gaping weakness for Arsenal tonight is at centre-back, where Sagna is filling in with injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen.
    • 7' After such a dismal start to the season Arsenal have looked like a different team over the past week, racking up a 3-0 win over Fenerbahce and a 3-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.
    • 6' Fenerbahce come forward with intent for the first time, but Sow's poor pass halts the momentum and Arsenal set themselves for the attack.
    • 5' Arsenal have dominated the early possession stakes, but haven't made much progress in the final third.
    • 4' Both teams appear to be using 4-2-3-1 formations, with Giroud and Sow the frontmen for Arsenal and Fenerbahce respectively.
    • 3' Raul Meireles has the first effort on goal, but his shot is tame and straight down the throat of Szczesny.
    • 2' The Turkish champions arrive in North London with a 3-0 deficit from the first leg to overturn. Looks to be a tough, if not impossible, task.
    • 1' We're under way at the Emirates!
    • 19:42 That famous Champions League anthem is ringing round the Emirates. Will the Arsenal fans hear it again this season after tonight?
    • 19:40 Referee tonight is Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain).
    • 19:35 MATCH ODDS:Arsenal 4/11, Fenerbahce 15/2, Draw 15/4
    • 19:30 Remember - this entire tie could have been a waste of time if Fenerbache's appeal to the CAS against their European ban is rejected.
    • 19:25 FACT: Fenerbahce have won five and lost just two of their last ten European away fixtures, including a 1-1 draw at FC Salzburg in this season's third qualifying round.
    • 19:20 FACT: Fenerbahce have never beaten Arsenal. The Turkish side have lost two and drawn two of their four matches. Their biggest loss came during their last fixture against Arsenal at home, losing 5-2 in 2008.
    • 19:15 FACT: Arsenal have won all five of their Champions League qualifiers they have played in – in 2011, 2009, 2008 , 2007 and 2006.
    • 19:10 Ersun Yana: "Tomorrow's match is very important for us. We're playing a great opponent but our goal is to win. We have a great team and we always play to win. Obviously we lost the first match but we will play football that suits us. We are a well-established team of players and that will be reflected in our performance. "
    • 19:05 Arsene Wenger: "You qualify when you're ahead after the two games. Champions League is a fight. Everybody wants to give him best, and we want to finish the job. We have a decent advantage but we want to get over the line, so it's just about us winning the game."
    • 19:00 Fenerbahce are going for it, starting with both Emmanuel Emenike and Moussa Sow playing up front. Volkan stays in goal despite his blunder in the first leg, whle Dirk Kuyt is back in action after his nasty head injury picked up in Holland training.
    • 18:55 Laurent Koscielny is back from that nasty cut head suffered in the first leg, but he is only on the bench as Bacary Sagna continues as a makeshift centre-back. Jack Wilshere starts after being rested against Fulham, while Nacho Monreal steps in for Keiran Gibbs. Arsene Wenger is without Thomas Vermaelen who is still suffering with a back injury, Abou Diaby who remains sidelined with a niggling knee injury and the pair of Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
    • 18:50 TEAMS - Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Sagna, Monreal, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud; Subs: Fabianski, Koscielny, Rosicky, Sanogo, Gibbs, Miyaichi, Frimpong /// Fenerbahce: Demirel, Gonul, Alves, Korkmaz, Erkin, Meireles,Sahin, Kuyt, Baroni, Sow, Emenike; Subs: Gunok, Ali Kaldirim, Irtegun, Webo, Potuk, Topuz, Ucan
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of tonight's Champions League play-off second leg between Arsenal and Fenerbahce.
  • Summary

    • 89' Ramsey finds Wilshere with a great, measured through ball but after coming inside on to his right foot the Arsenal midfielder shoots straight at Volkan. Decent effort.
    • 88' YELLOW CARD: Gokhan Gonul (Fenerbahce)
    • 77' YELLOW CARD: Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce)
    • 71' GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce (71 mins - Aaron Ramsey). The Welshman doubles Arsenal's advantage with a cool side-footed volley.
    • 69' YELLOW CARD: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
    • 67' Walcott fires a freekick towards goal from a tight angle, but his shot smashes off the bar. Might've got a touch off Volkan on its way through.
    • 64' Gibbs is presented with a free header from the subsequent corner but his effort flashes high and wide. Good opportunity.
    • 63' Great save by Volkan, who gets down low to tip Cazorla's powerful half volley round the post. Excellent fingertip save.
    • 54' YELLOW CARD: Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce)
    • 44' Giroud passes up a great chance to double Arsenal's advantage, but sweeps his close range effort at the near post well over the bar.
    • 39' Szczesny pulls off another great save, once again from Emenike. This time he stops the Fenerbahce from close range after a good cross into the box from the right wing.
    • 38' Szczesny turns Emenike's powerful drive on to the post after a counter attack. Great strike towards the near post, even better save.
    • 36' Cazorla dribbles into the box, with the Fenerbahce backline backing off towards their own goal. Finally the Spaniard strikes at goal but his effort is deflected wide for a corner.
    • 34' Bruno Alves puts down the ball for a freekick 25 yards out but his curled effort flashes just over the bar. Good strike.
    • 30' Ramsey feeds Giroud, who surges through the Fenerbahce backline, but instead of passing it across the six yard box for Podolski he shoots and sees his effort smothered.
    • 28' YELLOW CARD: Egemen Korkmaz (Fenerbahce)
    • 24' GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Fenerbahce (24 mins - Aaron Ramsey). The Welsh midfielder gets the ball rolling for the home side, tucking away after a good move involving Podolski and Walcott.
    • 16' Great intricate skill by Cazorla to release some space in midfield but when the ball makes its way to Giroud the French striker plants his left-footed shot just past the post.
    • 14' Walcott picks up the ball 30 yards out before turning and lining up a shot with his unfavoured left foot. However his strike is straight at the keeper.
    • 11' Great save by the Arsenal keeper after a bizarre rebound off Meireles. Sow messed up his shot from 10 yards before the ball fell to Meireles. However an Arsenal clearance bounced off the Fenerbahce man, forcing Szczesny into a good save.
    • 18:50 TEAMS - Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Sagna, Monreal, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud; Subs: Fabianski, Koscielny, Rosicky, Sanogo, Gibbs, Miyaichi, Frimpong /// Fenerbahce: Demirel, Gonul, Alves, Korkmaz, Erkin, Meireles,Sahin, Kuyt, Baroni, Sow, Emenike; Subs: Gunok, Ali Kaldirim, Irtegun, Webo, Potuk, Topuz, Ucan

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    Manager: Arsène Wenger

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    Manager: Ersun Yanal

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