Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Monreal, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott, Giroud
Subs: Fabianski, Koscielny, Rosicky, Frimpong, Miyaichi, Gibbs, Sanogo
Arsenal are in Thursday’s draw for the Champions League group stages after a 2-0 against Fenerbahce this evening.
With Arsenal holding a three goal lead the game started slowly, but there were warning signs as the visitors looked to exploit the left hand side and got a number of crosses in early on.
And Fenerbahce had a golden chance to score first. Arsenal won the ball deep in their own half, lost it close to the area, they waltzed into the area, a shot was blocked, Sagna made a clearance which rebounded off their man and forced Szczesny into a very smart save.
Theo Walcott responded with a fizzing left footed effort which was easy for Volkan, before they got down our left hand side again but without causing any real problems. Good work from Cazorla and Wilshere created space for Giroud to shoot from 25 yards, but he curled his left footed effort wide.
The visitors fired beyond Szczesny’s post after a poor Walcott free kick allowed them to break, before Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Arsenal broke through the middle, Podolski poked a pass through to Walcott, their defender slid in and got a touch but played it into the path of the Welshman who finished from close range to make it 1-0.
Ramsey was involved again setting Giroud free down the left hand side, but with Podolski awaiting a pull back the Frenchman went for goal from a tight angle and saw Volkan make a routine save.
Per Mertesacker picked up a yellow card for a foul on Sow and from the resulting free Bruno Alves fired not too far over the bar. And with half-time looming Arsenal have Wojciech Szczesny to thank for keeping them ahead on the night.
Sagna found himself wrong-footed by Emimenike, who ran the 8 miles to goal, and lashed a shot which the big Pole pushed onto the post. He then saved from point blank range as the ball came back in before Fenerbache hit the bar just as the offside flag went up.
The Gunners should probably have doubled their lead just before the break. Cazorla played a beautiful ball inside their full back for Monreal, he cut it back for Giroud who spooned it wide from close range. In his current form you’d have expected him to score it.
The second half began brightly for Arsenal with Podolski finding room down the left hand side, but after firing in a low cross he pulled up with a hamstring problem and was replaced by Kieran Gibbs. The German is now a massive doubt for Sunday’s North London derby.
Olivier Giroud then caught Bruno Alves with an elbow, requiring the Portuguese to have treatment for a cut eye. Arsene Wenger then took off the Frenchman, throwing on Yaya Sanogo to avoid any retribution.
Santi Cazorla forced a 64th minute save from Volkan, the keeper pushing a fierce left footed effort around the post. From the resulting Walcott corner Gibbs had a free header but bompled it over the bar.
The England winger nearly made it 2-0 as he saw a free kick from just outside the box, in a wide area, crash back off the crossbar, before the referee showed a yellow card to Aaron Ramsey for some reason best known to him only.
He didn’t give a shit though, like a honey badger, as he doubled the lead just moments later. A fantastic Arsenal move down the left hand side saw Sanogo release Gibbs, the full back pulled it back into the area for Ramsey and his first time side-footed finish beat the keeper to make it 2-0.
More brilliant play from Santi Cazorla set up a chance for Sanogo but the Frenchman curled his shot over the bar, and as the game ran towards its finish the visitors got some snide fouls in on the Spaniard and Wilshere, leaving the Englishman limping at one stage.
Ryo Miyaichi came on for Theo Walcott, Fenerbahce continued to kick Wilshere at every opportunity, Cazorla hit the wall with a free kick, Jack had a decent shot on target, and in injury time Miyaichi set up Jenkinson who almost scored but for a great save.
In the end Arsenal saw the game out to go into the Champions League group stages.
Well played lads.