Champions League play-off: Arsenal v Fenerbahce - LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

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


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

BY JAMES ORR


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

Perhaps Arsenal fans are more interested in the transfer window than this game - so we've got that covered too. We're asking how much do you think Arsenal will spend before the transfer window closes. To take part in the poll CLICK HERE.
 
In the meantime, follow all the latest news below...


  • Arsenal 2 Fenerbahce 0 (agg 5-0)
    • The match kicked off at 7.45pm
    • Arsenal led 3-0 from the first leg
    • Ramsey scored twice for Arsenal

    8/27/2013 8:15:54 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...
    8/27/2013 1:56:11 PM
  • 8/27/2013 2:01:26 PM
  • 8/27/2013 2:04:14 PM
  • Arsene Wenger has told his Arsenal players to play at full throttle in tonight's game...

    It's a very, very important tie for us, because we want to be in the group stage the next day

    If you want to knock somebody out you need attitude and commitment or you don't do it.

    That demands attitude and commitment and desire to play the game with full power, like we love to do it.
    We want to finish the job. We have a decent advantage, but we want to get over the line.

    To read the full article, click here.


    8/27/2013 2:18:57 PM

  • Wenger also said yesterday he would pick Jack Wilshere tonight, despite the midfielder being “90 per cent fit”. The 21-year-old underwent minor ankle surgery over the summer and Wenger admitted he would use him with caution.

    I don’t want to make a mistake on the medical front and overuse him because the ankle is the most important part of any football player. People think it’s the knee. It’s not, it’s the ankle.

    To read Jack Pitt-Brooke's article, click here.


    8/27/2013 3:07:35 PM
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be watching from the stands tonight, if he wakes up in time. The midfielder, expected to be out until November, is currently undergoing rehabilitation for his knee injury.






    8/27/2013 3:15:42 PM
  • Arsenal have been linked with a host of Real Madrid players - with at least one expected to arrive this summer. The Independent's Spanish football correspondent Pete Jenson reckons that instead of top target Karim Benzema, Wenger would do better by signing Mesut Ozil.

    Fabio Borini, Raheem Stirling, Andre Wisdom and summer signing Luis Alberto are all vying for a starting place in the Liverpool side whilst Notts County manager Chris Kiwomya is sweating over the fitness of several first-team players, including captain Dean Leacock, who sat out their weekend loss against Stevenage. New-signing Enda Stevens, 23, is eligible to play for County after joining on-loan from Aston Villa today.


    To read the full story, click here.




    8/27/2013 4:24:43 PM
  • Here's Giroud pictured training ahead of tonight's game. Looks like he's trying to remember how may goals he's scored this season. For the record, it's three Olivier...

    8/27/2013 4:28:22 PM
  • 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


  • 8/27/2013 6:09:06 PM
  • 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
  • With a three-goal lead from the first leg - Fenerbahce will have to do something only two other continental teams have done in a European competition to progress - defeat Arsenal at home by at least a three-goal margin.

    Internazionale did it in the Champions League group stage in September 2003 - winning 3-0, and Spartak Moscow did it in the UEFA Cup back in September 1982, with a 5-2 victory in the second-leg of the first round.

    Arsenal, on the other hand, have a 100 per cent record in Champions League play-off matches, having won all 11 of their previous qualifiers, scoring 27 and conceding only three in qualifying matches.



    8/27/2013 6:33:15 PM
  • Former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt starts for Fenerbahce, and the Emirates Stadium was never the happiest of hunting grounds for him. He has only won one out of his previous seven matches at the stadium, losing three and drawing three. 
    8/27/2013 6:41:53 PM
  • The teams emerge, but it is only one end making the noise at the moment - the Fenerbahce fans are not sounding like they are three-nill down...
    8/27/2013 6:45:06 PM
  • 3 mins: A long ball over the top is not dealt with well by stand-in captain for the evening Mertesacker, who concedes a corner, which is cleared by Giroud. Meireles' tame shot from the clearance does not trouble Szczesny.
    8/27/2013 6:47:40 PM
  • 6 mins: Cazorla injects some pace into the Arsenal attack, his ball finds Monreal, but he cannot craft a cross into the box before the move breaks down.
    8/27/2013 6:51:15 PM
  • 7 mins: Sow proving tricky down the right wing, for the second time he works into space to make a cross, but his ball is easily cleared by Mertesacker.
    8/27/2013 6:55:04 PM
  • 12 mins: Point-blank save from Szczesny. Jenkinson losses possession before Erkin gets forward, the ball ricochets in the area and Sagna's clearance hits Meireles' shin near the six yard box but the Polish goalkeeper palms away. Questionable defending there to say the least from the Gunners.
    8/27/2013 7:01:02 PM
  • 16 mins: Arsenal go on the counter attack, Wilshere's precise through ball finding Giroud in space, the Frenchman turns to his left side but curls the ball wide. End-to-end stuff at the Emirates.
    8/27/2013 7:03:10 PM
  • 22 mins: A rather nervy opening from both teams, but Fenerbahce starting to have a little more success on the counter-attack. Meireles blocking all before him from the centre of the pitch.
    8/27/2013 7:09:14 PM
  • 25 mins: GOAL! Arsenal 1 Fenerbahce 0 (agg:4-0) Just like he did in the first leg, Ramsey is on target. Podolski's through ball is cleared before it reaches Walcott but the tackle takes it straight into the path of the Welshman, who taps in with Volkan out of position.
    8/27/2013 7:12:37 PM
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  • 8/27/2013 7:16:13 PM
  • 32 mins: And that was nearly 2-0 to Arsenal. Ramsey playing in Giroud but Volkan makes amends, charging out of his goal to deny the striker.
    8/27/2013 7:17:44 PM

  • Ramsey's fine start to the season had not gone unnoticed
    8/27/2013 7:19:10 PM
  • 8/27/2013 7:19:40 PM
  • 35 mins: Bruno Alves has a free-kick from 25 yards, but his shot sails  well wide of goal.
    8/27/2013 7:22:05 PM
  • 40 mins: Cazorla tries to weave a bit of magic in the box but his shot is blocked by Alves. Bit of head tennis from the resulting corner before the ball is finally cleared. More passing goes awry and Fenerbahce are are on the counter-attack.
    8/27/2013 7:24:12 PM
  • 41 mins: Two chances in a minute for Emenike, both well saved from Sczesny before the rebound hits the bar. Far from an assured of performance from the back four in front of Szczesny.
    8/27/2013 7:29:43 PM
  • HT: Another good chance for Giroud at the break, but it has been a nervy affair so far. Both sides not having much luck at all in keeping the ball. Fenerbahce on the counter-attack, especially Mousa Sow has caused Arsenal problems, and if was wasn't for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, they could have already quite easily conceded the three away goals that the Turkish side covet.
    8/27/2013 7:33:03 PM

  • 8/27/2013 7:35:25 PM
  • Ramsey is clearly the man to watch here.
    8/27/2013 7:35:43 PM
  • 8/27/2013 7:37:22 PM
  • The poll: Currently you are saying that Arsene will open his cheque book before the end of the transfer window, with 38 per cent saying that Arsenal will spend between £15-£40m before 2 September, with maybe Angel Di Maria or Mesut Ozil on the way to the Emirates.

    29 per cent are saying there will be no signings, mind, except maybe the returning Mathieu Flamini or tempting Pascal Cygan out of retirement...
    8/27/2013 7:42:10 PM

  • The Ramsey plaudits keep on flooding in...


    8/27/2013 7:44:54 PM
  • 46 mins: Arsenal kick off and the teams are back out for the second half. Podolski charges down the left wing but his cross is cleared.  But it at what cost was the sprint to the German - he pulls up injured.
    8/27/2013 7:48:05 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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