Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ramsey brace sees Arsenal past Fenerbahce

3:17 AM Posted by Miyamoto Musashi , No comments

Champions League, Emirates Stadium - Arsenal 2 (Ramsey 25, 72) Fenerbahce 0 (Arsenal win 5-0 on aggregate)


The Welsh midfielder has been central to the recovery staged by Arsenal following the opening day Premier League loss to Aston Villa, now boasting three goals in three appearances after strikes in each half against the Turkish champions.
Arsenal led 3-0 from last week’s first leg in Istanbul but manager Arsene Wenger elected to start a full strength team, with Olivier Giroud flanked by Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott in attack.
The hosts dominated possession early on but nearly fell behind in bizarre circumstances when a ricochet off Raul Meireles forcedWojciech Szczesny into a reflex save.
But Ramsey opened the scoring after 25 minutes, with Theo Walcott setting up the Welshman for a simple finish from six yards following a neat through ball by Lukas Podolski.
Fenerbahce came close to restoring parity on the night, but Emmanuel Emenike saw his powerful drive turned on to the post by Szczesny, which was followed up by a close range stop from the same opposition player.
Things turned somewhat sour for Arsenal after the break when Podolski picked up an injury, ending the match on a stretcher as Kieran Gibbs replaced him.
The Turkish side found fresh impetuous in the second half, hitting Arsenal on the break as the hosts pushed for a second.
Indeed the Gunners nearly made it 2-0 through Santi Cazorla, but the Spaniard’s low half volley was tipped round the post by Volkan, who was keeping his side in the contest.
Arsenal eventually doubled their lead when Ramsey placed a controlled side-foot volley into the corner of Volkan’s net after a good cross by second half substitute Gibbs.

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