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

By Jack de Menezes

by Jack de Menezes on Aug 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Champions League play-off first leg between Fenerbahce and Arsenal live from the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.

We want to hear what you have to say. To do this, click the 'Make a comment' button below and we'll post the best ones.

Follow minute-by-minute updates below...
  • The Independent has James Olley in Turkey to report on the match. Hope he realises it's not the 5th of November...

    8/21/2013 5:10:11 PM
  • With under an hour and a half to go until kick-off, the tension is slowly rising for the majority of Arsenal fans. It's well and truly rocking at the Sukru Saracoglu though, with fans known to arrive up to five hours before kick-off. Oh, and they like a flare or two...
    8/21/2013 5:26:28 PM
  • A man under pressure? Arsene Wenger was certainly on the defensive in his press conference yesterday, but he's adamant that new players will arrive at Arsenal this summer. His words, not mine...

    8/21/2013 5:31:38 PM
  • Remember the last time these two sides met in Turkey? It was 5 years ago, and Arsenal ran out 5-2 winners. The American commentary is also rather amusing...

    8/21/2013 5:38:56 PM
  • The teams are in...

    8/21/2013 5:55:02 PM
  • Arsenal starting line-up: Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Olivier Giroud.
    8/21/2013 5:55:49 PM
  • Fenerbahce starting line-up: Volkan Demirel, Bekir İrtegün, Bruno Alves, Joseph Yobo, Michal Kadlec, Mehmet Topal, Raul Meireles, Emre Belözoğlu, Moussa Sow, Pierre Webó, Dirk Kuyt.
    8/21/2013 5:58:07 PM
  • Santi Cazorla gets his first start of the season having come off the bench against Aston Villa. Arsenal's concerns over quintet Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky have been dismissed as they start the match. Does that make Arsenal fans more confident?

    Meanwhile, Fenerbahce go with three up top in Moussa Sow, Pierre Webo and old adversary Dirk Kuyt, who actually scored against the Gunners from the penalty spot in 2011. 
    8/21/2013 6:00:37 PM
  • How do you feel about the teams? Think Wenger needed to make some changes after Saturday's defeat? Confident that the return of Cazorla will boost the side? Comment with your opinions and I'll post the best ones.
    8/21/2013 6:05:34 PM
  • The Arsenal changing room before kick-off. Not too sure about the kit...or the green boots...

    8/21/2013 6:07:23 PM
  • 3 mins: Mertesacker gives away a needless free-kick, but Fenerbahce choose to work the ball around and Arsenal win it back.
    8/21/2013 6:49:56 PM
  • 4 mins: Cazorla feeds Walcott on the edge of the box, and he sets his sights on goal, but it's blocked. The ball eventually comes to Wilshere who plays in Walcott, and it's knocked out for a corner.
    8/21/2013 6:51:03 PM
  • 5 mins: Corner comes to nothing, although Arsenal still have possession on the edge of the area. Meireles steals the ball off Wilshere, but the Gunners win it back immediately. Fenerbahce struggling to get out of their half at the moment.
    8/21/2013 6:52:09 PM
  • 7 mins: Again, Fenerbahce try to work inside the Arsenal half but give the ball away immediately. The visitor's have definitely settled the quicker here, but they did against Villa too, and look how that ended.
    8/21/2013 6:53:33 PM
  • 8 mins: Rosicky penalised for not a lot, it looked as if he got pushed to the floor, but the referee says otherwise. Fenerbahce now with some possession, but Kuyt is offside and they lose it again.
    8/21/2013 6:54:38 PM
  • 10 mins: A fairly slow start - perhaps exactly what Arsenal needed. Fenerbahce now working into the box, but Kuyt can't find Sow and Koscielny clears. First danger signs for the Gunners.
    8/21/2013 6:56:47 PM
  • 12 mins: The Fenerbahce fans get the boo's going as the Arsenal back four exchange passes. They eventually give the ball away when they go forward, and Fenerbahce now into Arsenal's half but again the move comes to nothing. Very, very slow at the moment.
    8/21/2013 6:58:46 PM
  • 14 mins: Rosicky just nudges the ball into Wilshere's path and he looks towards goal, before feeding Gibbs out wide. Corner, and Giroud goes up for it but can't connect. Still Arsenal, but Wilshere loses possession and is down injured.
    8/21/2013 7:00:31 PM
  • 15 mins: Didn't look like much, Wilshere ran into four defenders and fell over his own legs really. He's back up on his feet, but there's a bit of a limp as he heads to the touchline.
    8/21/2013 7:02:01 PM
  • 17 mins: Wilshere's back on and jogging back into possession. Ramsey feeds Giroud into the box who plays it back to Cazorla. He shoots...but it' blocked, and they work it back into the box, where Alves' clearance is deflected back towards goal by Giroud. Demirel does well to save it though.
    8/21/2013 7:04:00 PM
  • 19 mins: Cazorla wriggles through the defene and plays in Walcott, but Demirel gets there first. The ball comes back in onto Giroud's head, but his floated effort misses the target. Good chance from Arsenal and they're definitely the more lively of the two sides.
    8/21/2013 7:05:27 PM
  • 21 mins: Fenerbahce finally work a chance, with Sow's cross deflected for a corner. It comes in to Alves, but is eventually cleared away and the chance is gone.
    8/21/2013 7:07:48 PM
  • 23 mins: Irtegun sends in a cross, but it misses all three attackers and Arsenal break. Wilshere loses possession though and Fenerbahce counter. Sow is offside though and Arsenal are awarded a free-kick when the hosts looked to be away.
    8/21/2013 7:09:37 PM
  • 25 mins: Walcott has a run towards goal, and a miscommunication sees the ball fall for Ramsey, whose first time effort just go's across goal and wide of the far post from the edge of the box.
    8/21/2013 7:11:13 PM
  • 26 mins: Wilshere gives away a foul after bringing don Webo, but Szczesny comes rushing out to claim it well.
    8/21/2013 7:12:04 PM
  • 27 mins: Arsenal counter through Rosicky, but his ball asks far to much from Walcott and it rolls out for a throw. Bit of a waste that pass.
    8/21/2013 7:12:48 PM
  • 28 mins: Walcott and Cazorla are looking the most threatening so far, but there hasn't been a clear-cut chance yet. Each time Fenerbahce look to attack they make the half-way line before losing possession.
    8/21/2013 7:15:44 PM
  • 29 mins: Webo is booked for a high boot that connects with Koscielny's face. the Frenchman is down receiving treatment and there's a fair amount of blood. Just what Arsenal need, to lose another defender...
    8/21/2013 7:16:53 PM
  • 32 mins: That's Koscielny done. He's up on his feet and able to walk off, but they can't stop the blood from pouring from his forehead. Carl Jenkinson comes on in his place, with Sagna switching to centre-back. If only Wenger signed a defender eh?
    8/21/2013 7:19:00 PM
  • that should be red for that challenge to the head!
    8/21/2013 7:21:32 PM
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