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August 21, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu — İstanbul
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 40375‎
 
 
Kieran Gibbs 51′
 
Aaron Ramsey 64′
 
Olivier Giroud 77′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal

Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud were all on target as Arsene Wenger's side took a giant leap towards qualification for the Champions League group stages in Turkey.

By Jamie Dunn

  • Volkan Demirel
    2
    7
    2.00

    Volkan Demirel

    Slightly busier than Szczesny in the first half but was not actually tested until after the break, when a static back four left him exposed for Gibbs' goal. Slow to get down to Ramsey's long-range shot and should have kept it out. Well beaten by Giroud from the penalty spot.

  • Bekir İrtegün
    1
    5
    1.00

    Bekir İrtegün

    Struggled to deal with exchanges between Cazorla and Wilshere but was rarely take on down the Fenerbahce right hand side before being replaced by Gokhan Gonul.

  • Joseph Yobo
    7
    1
    2.00

    Joseph Yobo

    Given plenty to do in the first half, blocking shots and clearing crosses. The former Everton man was a sturdy presence, but offered little resistance as Walcott passed across the six-yard box for Gibbs to score.

  • Bruno Alves
    2
    4
    2.50

    Bruno Alves

    Yellow carded for a challenge on Per Mertesacker. Lack of communication with Volkan Demirel nearly allowed Walcott to make it 3-0.

  • Michal Kadlec
    3
    4
    1.50

    Michal Kadlec

    Could not handle the raw pace of Walcott, who burst beyond the Czech defender to set up Gibbs for Arsenal's opener, before the full-back clumsily brought the forward down for the Gunners to score their third from the penalty spot.

  • Mehmet Topal
    2
    3
    2.50

    Mehmet Topal

    Given the difficult task of shielding the defence and was never really at the races as Arsenal dominated. The slick passing of Wilshere and Ramsey in particular made for a tough night for the midfielder.

  • Raúl Meireles
    3
    6
    2.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Volleyed wide in the 75th minute but was otherwise anonymous for long spells as Arsenal's midfield controlled the game from start to finish. Substituted in the closing stages.

  • Emre Belözoğlu
    1
    5
    2.00

    Emre Belözoğlu

    Entered into a physical battle with the Arsenal midfield trio of Rosicky, Wilshere and Ramsey and could not stifle them.

  • Moussa Sow
    2
    4
    2.50

    Moussa Sow

    Blasted a shot wide after Arsenal had doubled their lead and called Szczesny into action with a speculative effort which the Pole tipped over.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    7
    4
    2.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Could not influence the game early on, spending much of the opening stages deep in his own half. Pounced on a mistake to have his side's first shot of the game after the break, but lacked composure and blasted over.

  • Pierre Achille Webo
    3
    4
    1.50

    Pierre Achille Webo

    Booked for catching Koscielny in the face with a high boot which forced the centre-back out of the game. Never looked like scoring and was replaced in the second half by Emenike.

Substitutions

  • Gökhan Gönül
    0
    3
    2.50

    Gökhan Gönül

    Made his return from injury as a substitute at half-time, coming on for Bekir. Nowhere to be seen when Gibbs gave Arsenal the lead.

  • Alper Potuk
    2
    3

    Alper Potuk

    Replaced Raul Meireles with less than 10 minutes to play.

  • Emenike
    7
    2
    2.00

    Emenike

    Charged with finding a way back into the game for Fenerbahce, replacing Webo. Headed over late on and was thwarted at the death by Szczesny.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    29
    0
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The Polish goalkeeper could count how many touches of the ball he had in the first half on one hand, but his first involvement after the interval saw him take a nasty blow in a clash with Sow. Tipped an audacious effort from the striker over the bar and denied Kadlec late on.

  • Bacary Sagna
    19
    1
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Passed fit despite taking a heavy fall against Aston Villa and had to shuffle over to centre-back following an injury to Koscielny. Did a professional job in the middle but was rarely challenged by Webo, Sow or Emenike.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    22
    3
    3.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Scored the first time he was able to join the Arsenal attack, running in behind the Fenerbahce back four to fire beyond Volkan Demirel. A comfortable night defensively for the full-back, who was not taken on by Kuyt.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    13
    3
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Substituted just 33 minutes in after taking a nasty kick to the face, causing Arsene Wenger a significant injury headache.

  • Per Mertesacker
    17
    2
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Was not rattled by the loss of his defensive partner Koscielny and formed a decent understanding with makeshift centre-back Sagna.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    54
    7
    4.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Hassled off the ball by Sow to allow Kuyt a chance at goal after the break, but made a beautiful pass to set Walcott free as Arsenal opened the scoring, before firing past Volkan Demirel from distance.

  • Santi Cazorla
    15
    6
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Looked sharp after starting the defeat to Aston Villa as a sub. Arsenal looked a much better team with the Spanish playmaker in their side, moving the ball quickly and giving the Fenerbahce midfield little chance of competing.

  • Jack Wilshere
    19
    14
    2.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Caused concern after going down under a challenge from Emre in the first half, but continued and looked bright in possession. Showed very few signs of lacking match fitness, ghosting past Raul Meireles and Bruno Alves before testing Volkan Demirel.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    19
    4
    2.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Made a few wayward passes early on but played his part in a midfield trio full of enterprise and industry which Fenerbahce simply could not match.

  • Olivier Giroud
    16
    7
    3.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Headed wide with Arsenal's first meaningful chance of the game and blasted over from a Wilshere through ball in a frustrating first half for the Frenchman. Got his rewards for some hard work, converting coolly from the penalty spot before being substituted.

  • Theo Walcott
    23
    6
    3.50

    Theo Walcott

    Had the beating of Kadlec with his raw pace and well-timed runs, and got in behind to provide for Gibbs to score before seeing a close-range effort saved. Replaced by the returning Nacho Monreal.

Substitutions

  • Carl Jenkinson
    15
    2
    2.50

    Carl Jenkinson

    Replaced the injured Koscielny in the first half and offered plenty of attacking threat from right-back.

  • Monreal
    6
    2

    Monreal

    Given the final few minutes to ease back into action after injury, coming on for Walcott.

  • Lukas Podolski
    12
    4

    Lukas Podolski

    A late replacement for Giroud.

Results
 
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6 2