Of all the football capitals of Europe, Istanbul has got to be one of the most daunting and formidable cities for continental teams to visit. But Arsenal went into the lions' den tonight and came out with a 3-0 victory against a thoroughly lacklustre Fenerbahce side.
Goals from Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and a penalty from Olivier Giroud sealed an almost unassailable lead in the first leg of the Gunners' UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff. With three away goals to their name, Arsenal will just need to keep their Turkish visitors to three goals or less when Fenerbahce come to the Emirates Stadium in just six days' time.
Despite Fenerbahce's non-showing, Arsenal went above and beyond what was required of them at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium tonight, and Arsene Wenger's men can rightfully be chuffed with themselves heading into the second leg.
Here are a few key talking points from the Gunners' triumph in Turkey tonight.