Arsenal Top Fenerbahce 3-0
Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal
Arsenal secured a phenomenal 3-0 victory in Istanbul on Wednesday night, making extremely light work of Fenerbahce.
Much of the prematch focus was on the Gunners' depleted options, but Arsene Wenger fielded a strong XI that eased to a win.
Kieran Gibbs opened the scoring with a far-post finish, then Aaron Ramsey fired in from distance to double the lead. Olivier Giroud converted a penalty late on to effectively seal it, and the return leg would seem just a formality now.
Arsenal ease to a 3-0 win in Turkey, and this tie looks done and dusted.
Gibbs, Ramsey and Giroud each struck to seal Fenerbahce's fate.
89'—Emenike fires a powerful effort on goal but Szczesny tips it round the post!
Arsenal sub: Monreal on, Cazorla off.
Important minutes for Monreal.
82'—Szczesny produces a great save to keep his clean sheet intact as Kadlec fires a dangerous ball across from the left!
Arsenal sub: Giroud off, Podolski on.
Walcott was brought down in the area after the 5th official made the call....
High, top left. Perfect penalty. 3-0.
75'—PENALTY to Arsenal!
73'—We're coming into the final 15 minutes, and Fenerbahce simply do not look like scoring. In fact, they've looked so poor all night that doesn't come as a surprise.
The home fans feel...crushed. Ramsey's second goal is a serious problem for them. 65 minutes in and Arsenal are still far and away the better side.
More on the goal
Ramsey surges forward, sets himself under no pressure and fires into the corner from 22 yards!
GOAL! Arsenal double their lead!
Sub: Emenike on, Webo (the destroyer) off.
Wilshere breaks into the box, takes it past two defenders and fires goalward. The 'keeper palms it into the danger area, but no striker follows it in!
58'—Word on Koscielny is it's a bad, bad cut. He's still being stitched up.
54'—Szczesny is down after taking studs to the face from Webo (who is on a one-man destruction mission). He's ok, it seems, to carry on though.
53'—Chaos in the box as Arsenal nearly go two up. Volkan hares off his line to stop Walcott making it two as he latches onto Wilshere's pass!
More on the goal
Walcott is slipped in down the right and he rolls the ball across the goal to the far post where Kieran Gibbs converts!
GOAL! ARSENAL TAKE THE LEAD!
48'—First big chance of the half as Fener start stronger.
Kuyt receives the ball on the edge of the box and fires over Szczesny's bar!
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45'—Second half underway!
Giroud is slipped in but his finish, on the left side of the goal, is high and wide, hurried by the backtracking centre-back. That's the final notable act of the half, and the two sides go in level.
Three added minutes, and Arsenal will use each one to try and squeeze an opening goal here. Fener with everyone back.
HOW HAS IT NOT GONE IN?!?!
Rosicky is fed in on the right and his low cross should be converted. It bobbles around, Arsenal take three shots but desperate blocks ensue. The 'keeper claims a cross and Fener have it—what an end to the half!
40'—Kadlec delivers a poor cross from a good position and it epitomises the first half: Good buildup, no end product. It's Fener's best spell here.
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