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Champions League play-off: Arsenal v Fenerbahce - LIVE!

by j.orr on Aug 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM


Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the Champions League play-off second leg between Arsenal and Fenerbahce, live and direct from Emirates Stadium...

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In the meantime, follow all the latest news below...

  • The Arsenal team is out - and as Wenger has constantly stressed in the build up, it is a strong Gunners starting XI

    Szczesny, Monreal, Mertesacker (c), Sagna, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud

    8/27/2013 5:57:59 PM
  • The Arsenal bench: Fabianski, Koscielny, Gibbs, Frimpong, Rosicky, Ryo, Sanogo

    8/27/2013 5:59:40 PM
  • A fan just walked past me who supported both of the teams playing, choosing to wear a Fenerbahce scarf for the evening and not an Arsenal one: “I'd support those lot [Arsenal] tonight,” he said. “But they've got to spend some money first.” Oh the 'm' word.. and not the first mention of it tonight I'd imagine before the window slams shut on Monday .
    8/27/2013 6:07:47 PM

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  • The Fenerbahce XI: Volkan, Gökhan, Bruno Alves, Egemen, Caner, Selcuk, Meireles, Cristian, Kuyt, Sow, Emenike.

    Despite his errors in the first-leg, Fenerbahce manager Ersun Yanal has kept faith with goalkeeper Volkan.
    8/27/2013 6:11:54 PM
  • So that's the two changes for Arsenal from the line-up that defeated Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage on Saturday - Nacho Monreal and Jack Wilshere in for Kieran Gibbs and Tomas Rosicky. 
    With one eye on Sunday's north London derby, Wenger has opted to start Laurent Koscielny from the bench - the Frenchman now injury and suspension free.
    8/27/2013 6:15:24 PM
  • In case Giroud needed more reminding:  

    8/27/2013 6:22:06 PM
  • 48 min: Podolski has not recovered, and he has been taken off on a stretcher. He was holding his left hamstring. What a blow that could be the Gunners so early on into the season. Gibbs is his replacement.
    8/27/2013 7:50:20 PM

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    The name Ramsey really must strike fear into Fenerbahce hearts
    8/27/2013 7:54:12 PM
  • 60 min: Giroud comes off for Yaya Sanogo, Arsenal only new addition so far this summer. Cometh the hour...
    8/27/2013 8:01:08 PM
  • 64 min: Cazorla's shot from the left side of the area is saved by the finger tips of Volkan. It will soon be time for the cigars to come out.
    8/27/2013 8:05:57 PM
  • Podolski looks devastated after pulling his hamstring. What a terrible start to the season for the German.

    8/27/2013 8:07:23 PM
  • 68 min: Walcott fizzes in a free-kick from the left and ball stings the crossbar. A touch of Ronaldo (or Gareth Bale) in the velocity of the strike. 
    8/27/2013 8:11:34 PM
  • 72 min: GOAL! Arsenal 2 Fenerbahce 0 Ramsey does it yet again against his Turkish foes. A cross from the substitute Gibbs is calmly volleyed home with the instinct of a striker. It would be a miracle for Arsenal not to make it into the Champions League group stage for a 16th successive season now.
    8/27/2013 8:15:25 PM
  • 82 min: The clock winds down and Arsenal keep the ball. Less than 10 minutes and then it is straight back on the transfer quest for Wenger.
    8/27/2013 8:22:18 PM
  • 85 min: Some concern for Wilshere. He goes down holding his ankle and the stretcher comes out again, but the 21-year-old stays on the pitch in the hope of running it off. A collective sigh of relief from the stands with the north London derby on Sunday.
    8/27/2013 8:26:36 PM
  • 88 min:  Injury, what injury? Wilshere evades two challenges on a burst forward before being chopped down by Gokhan Gonul, who receives a yellow card for his effort. Handbags ensue..
    8/27/2013 8:29:37 PM
  • FT: Just like in the first leg, Arsenal grew in dominance as the game wore on, and the midfield trio of Cazorla, Wilshere, and two-goal Ramsey dictated proceedings. The first half reflex saves from Szczesny kept Fenerbahce at bay, but it was all Arsenal after the break. Fenerbahce will be pleased to see the back of Ramsey - he has now scored four goals in the last four matches between the teams. 
    8/27/2013 8:36:58 PM
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