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Friday, 30 August 2013

Ramsey double seals place in Champions League

Aaron Ramsey carried his sensational form into Tuesday's Champions League qualifier second leg as he scored two to seal a 5-0 aggregate win over Turkish side Fenerbahce. Ramsey scored a scruffy goal in the first half before executing a nice side footed volley in the second half. It was 3 wins out of 4 games this season for the Gunners and 3 man of the match performances from the Welsh midfielder. The game meanwhile also saw a return to form for Wojciech Szczesny in goal who was looking to prove a point with several good saves to deny Fenerbahce getting back into the tie. Nacho Monreal was given his first European start in the red and white of Arsenal whilst Yaya Sanogo made his comeptitive home debut coming on in the second half. Ryo Miyaichi also got a chance to impress late on as he created a few chances after replacing Walcott.
Aaron Ramsey celebrates his second goal with Yaya Sanogo
Fenerbahce almost took the lead on the night early on as Sagna's clearence rebounded off Meireles and almost found the top corner but for Szczesny. 

Arsenal then came close as Walcott drove a shot which was saved well by Demirel in the Fenerbahce goal. Giroud then came close as he curled his effort just wide of the target.

The Gunners were to then grab a goal though. Podolski played in Walcott but he was disspossed and the ball fell to Ramsey who slotted the ball home.

The Turkish side came back fighting and Szczesny had to be at his best to keep them at bay. The first chance, Emenike skipped past Sagna before forcing a smart save at the near post. The same man was then denied by a mixture of the goalkeeper and the post.

The score at half time was 1-0 to Arsenal on the night and 4-0 on aggregate.

The second half didn't get off to the greatest of starts though. Just 4 minutes into it Podolski was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Kieran Gibbs who would interchange with Monreal at left back.

The hour mark saw Yaya Sanogo given his Champions League debut as he came on for Giroud who had failed to score for the first time this season.

It was now Arsenal's turn to hit the woodwork though. Walcott's free-kick beat the keeper and then smacked against the bar and came back out.

However it was soon 2-0 to the Gunners. A lovely free flowing move resulted in Gibbs squaring the ball to Ramsey who found the far corner with an exquisite volley. The Turkish side must be sick of the sight of the young Welshman. That was his fourth goal in four games against them. 

Arsenal almost added a third late on. Ryo Miyaichi did well down the right to find Jenkinson but his shot was straight at Demirel who made a fine reaction save.

Aaron Ramsey was taken off late on with a groin niggle which meant we finished with 10 men as we'd used up all of our substitutes.

The final score finished Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce and 5-0 on aggregate.

The teams lineups:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Monreal, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott(74), Podolski(49), Giroud(60). 
Subs: Fabianski, Koscielny, Gibbs(49), Frimpong, Rosicky, Miyaichi(74), Sanogo(60). 

Fenerbahce: Demirel, Korkmaz, Bruno Alves, Erkin, Gonul, Sahin, Meireles, Cristian(67), Sow(83), Emenike, Kuyt(67).
Subs: Gunok, Ali Kaldirim, Topuz(83), Irtegun, Alper Potuk(67), Ucan, Webo(67).

My man of the match: Aaron Ramsey

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Attendance: 56,271

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