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Gunners Bounce Back In Turkey

Arsenal took a giant step towards a place in the UEFA Champions League group stages with a 3-0 win away to Fenerbahce in their qualifier first-leg on Wednesday.

After their disappointing start against Aston Villa in the Premier League at the weekend, Arsenal were looking for a fast start at Fenerbahce and enjoyed the better of the play early on.

It was evident that clear-cut chances were going to be hard to come by though, and that proved to be the case for much of the first period.

The best chances came late in the half with Aaron Ramsey opting not to shoot when getting the ball in the area in the 42nd minute and Theo Walcott was unable to tuck away his square ball.

Olivier Giroud would then fail with a shot on the stroke of half-time after he was slipped in by Jack Wilshere.

The Gunners continued to search for an opener after the break and it arrived six minutes in as Kieran Gibbs tapped in a pass from Walcott, who had been slid through by Ramsey.

The goal lifted the visitors who were in again two minutes later through the excellent Walcott but the goalkeeper stood his ground to make the save.

Wilshere had a shot parried soon after but the goalkeeper foiled all his good work by parrying Ramsey's shot into the bottom corner in the 64th minute when he looked to have it covered.

The tie was all but put to bed in the 77th minute when Walcott invited a challenge from Michal Kadlec inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Giroud stepped up and side-footed the ball into the top corner from the spot to put the Gunners three goals ahead.

Kadlec tried to make amends with 10 minutes to go but saw his strike saved by Wojciech Szczesny while the Arsenal stopper had to turn a shot from Emmanuel Emenike past the post in the dying minutes.

Fans of the Turkish giants voiced their displeasure at the final whistle though as they will now face a tough task to try turn things around at the Emirates Stadium in the second-leg.


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