UEFA Champions League

October 21, 2008



2 - 5


Group G

18:45 +00:00, October 21, 2008

Sukru Saracoglu

Referee: Peter Frodjfeldt

  • 93'

    Game over. What a night, and the boos ring around the Fenerbahce stadium.

  • 93'

    His first, and a 5th for the Gunners. Eboue played it in to him and he was on the edge of the box to fire home. A deserving finish.

  • 93'

    GOAL! Ramsey nets late on!

  • 92'

    Aragones may not last much longer in the Turkish hot-seat. They now face a trip to the Emirates for the next group game.

  • 91'

    Diaby and Almunia have been ahead of the pack in terms of performance, but there's a lot to think about for Wenger. Three points give them a good lead in the group, while for Fenerbahce, the misery just gets worse.

  • 90'

    Nothing to report. Just Arsenal pushing the ball around. In summary, they've been very good attack-wise and appalling at the back.

  • 90'

    Not for Denilson though. His shot is blocked and for a moment there was a four on two in the Gunners' favour.

  • 89'

    Denilson fails to keep it in and Fener have given up the ghost. Still time for a goal though...

  • 88'

    Where does it go from here for Aragones? It looks like he won't last very long. Fener just aren't used to results like this at home.

  • 87'

    Good stat. 33 goals in the Champions League tonight, in just 8 games.

  • 86'

    Fabregas nearly gets the ball in to Vela, but Volkan is out well.

  • 86'

    Adebayor off for Vela. So the Turks will have a bit more running to do.

  • 85'

    Denilson with a good ball across to Adebayor. And Fener look tired, they're doing a lot of chasing.

  • 84'

    Djourou on for Walcott, that tells you a lot. They need some stability in central defence.

  • 83'

    Adebayor up front on his own now, looks pretty isolated.

  • 81'

    Semih with the cross, well cut out by Clichy. And now Walcott breaks, his cross is headed away and Ramsey tries a backheel to release Fabregas. He looks a quality player and is only 17.

  • 80'

    Ramsey has a go from way out, but doesn't quite catch it right.

  • 79'

    Ten mins left and Arsenal could do with some defensive changes, they have been very poor at the back.

  • 78'

    Terrible defending from Arsenal, they tried to play a high line and are not doing it well. Guiza is there again.. but offside. That was close.

  • 77'

    GOAL! And it was coming. The number of times that Guiza has been left free. He beat the offside trap and then Almunia.

  • 76'

    Rooney on the scoresheet for United now, they're up 3-0.

  • 75'

    Guiza is, once more, free. A ball over the top and he can't bring it down again. If he'd converted all his chances tonight, it could be 5-4 to Fener.

  • 74'

    Ramsey with a great tackle to send Fabregas free. His run is blocked out though and Fener snuff out the danger.

  • 73'

    Carlos sent the ball in and Guiza is free AGAIN! He can't bring the ball down but he's been given the run of the pitch for most of the game, so you have to wonder who has been tasked with marknig him?

  • 72'

    Diaby is coming off, he's been my man of the match tonight. Aaron Ramsey comes on.

  • 71'

    Diaby with a great turn, but Adebayor should have done better after being released down the left. Diaby has been awesome and his touch has been very impressive.

  • 70'

    Arsenal slowing down the pace. Just easily stroking the ball around and it's great to watch. Fener can't get near them, we're up to about 30 passes.

  • 69'

    Almunia out quickly again to make the clearance. He's been the saviour for Arsenal.

  • 68'

    Silvestre has looked pretty poor, Guiza has had about three chances through the middle but has found Almunia in inspired form.

  • 67'

    How didn't Fenerbahce score there? Guiza is left alone through the middle again, great save from Almunia, but the ball breaks. Off the line from Song and then a heroic tackle from Eboue to stop Borul following up.

  • 66'

    Walcott looks a danger everytime he turns and runs at the Fener defence. As the game breaks down, he'll be more important and Wenger has the likes of Vela on the bench.

  • 65'

    Bilgin the sub has a shot, but it's blocked well.

  • 64'

    Wonderful run by Fabregas, he was at the heart of that move. Diaby looks like he's dropped back into the holding midfield role.

  • 62'

    Good tracking back from Denilson and a decent slide tackle. Roberto Carlos picks up the ball from a great delivery from Alex, but his touch is too hard. A better one and he could have been in there.

  • 60'

    Semih tries to find a ball through, but his ball is too long. Fener could give up, Arsenal certainly don't look like they fancy attacking much anymore.

  • 59'

    Eboue is down and hurt, looks like a shoulder injury.

  • 58'

    Arsenal knocking the ball around well, Fener don't look capable of breaking through.

  • 56'

    Sahin is fouled by Diaby, but the curled shot is saved well by Almunia.

  • 54'

    Walcott bursts through the defence, but his pass is just too long for Adebayor and Lugano makes it safe.

  • 54'

    Fabregas and Diaby linking play together on the edge of the box. Wenger's men are toying with Fener now. Calmly stroking the ball around.

  • 53'

    Diaby again providing power and pace through the middle. He's been a revelation for the Gunners tonight.

  • 52'

    Nasri is back on, impressive given how he went down.

  • 51'

    Fener have no choice but to attack and with Walcott's pace up the other end, they could get more. Maldonado is off and Bilgin is coming on.

  • 51'

    Berbatov again for United, and it's 2-0 at Old Trafford.

  • 50'

    Fabregas swings it in, but it's cleared well. Fener really are just falling apart here.

  • 49'

    Walcott bursts past Maldonado and is fouled. This is another chance for the Gunners.

  • 48'

    Fener fail to clear and just knock the ball up in the air. Silvestre is there to head it high and his central defensive partner Song smashes it past Volkan.

  • 48'

    GOAL! And what a goal. Free-kick is floated in and what a volley from Alex Song.

  • 48'

    Lugano is booked for a tangle with Nasri. The Frenchman really looks in pain, it's the ankle and he looks like he might not last.

  • 47'

    Semih looks like he's playing further up front, the Turks will need goals so they'll be forced to attack.

  • 46'

    Diaby starts as he ended the first-half, great run, but just gets caught on the touchline. Good harrying from the Gunners, Fener are not being given much room.

  • 46'

    This half has a lot to live up to if it's going to be anything like the first.

  • 45'

    Second half has begun.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    A cracking first-half. Four goals, two great saves from Almunia and one of the most entertaining halves of football I've seen for a long time. Let's hope the coaches don't ruin it.

  • 44'

    A terrific ball through finds Walcott, he wasn't offside but the linesman blows. Gonul now has a go from 30 yards out and Almunia watches it fly past.

  • 44'

    Both sides have a lot to improve on. Defensive errors have made this game very open, but it's been very entertaining.

  • 43'

    Semih is lucky not to be booked for a foul on Nasri.

  • 42'

    Fener are finding a lot of joy down the flanks here, Eboue and Clichy look under pressure. Gonul is found by Alex on the right, but the Gunners rally to clear.

  • 42'

    Great chance for Fener again. Almunia is earning his money as Guiza is left free again. The striker's touch is a little heavy, but the keeper is out quickly. Great work.

  • 40'

    Great run from Walcott down the right, he completely fooled his man and looks full of confidence. Unfortunately his ball isn't good enough.

  • 39'

    Arsenal will want to keep this lead going into the half.

  • 38'

    Guiza does really well there. Song leaves him and Silvestre is miles away. He drags his shot just past the post and Fener are still a threat.

  • 36'

    It really is end to end, although the goals have dried up a bit now. Diaby is showing some great touches up front.

  • 35'

    Song and Carlos clash, but there's no foul. Guiza is again caught offside before Arsenal break again.

  • 34'

    Maldonado brings down Clichy and Arsenal are trying to work space in the box again. All very intricate, but no shot comes from it.

  • 32'

    Diaby runs at Lugano but is dragged off the ball. Good run, although seeing him playing in this advanced role is taking some getting used to.

  • 32'

    Gunners trying to keep hold of the ball now. Good little passes as Fabregas and Nasri make headway. They run into trouble though and lose the ball eventually.

  • 31'

    Lucky escape again for Arsenal. They look great in attack, but defensively both sides are all over the place.

  • 30'

    Goal, but it's ruled out for offside. Gokun rounded Clichy with ease, the Frenchman just let him go, and Guiza smashes it home. But is offside.

  • 30'

    Borul had time on the left side of the box. Eboue was nowhere and the Turk sends his shot wildly wide.

  • 29'

    Berbatov on the scoresheet in our other live comm of the night.

  • 28'

    Fabregas is getting a lot of niggly challenges, evidently Aragones has targeted him. Sahin puts in a tough tackle and gets a yellow.

  • 26'

    Diaby is up there again as Denilson tries to find him with the ball. Is he playing as a central striker alongside Adebayor? It looks so..

  • 25'

    Fabregas is pole-axed by Gonul, but the resulting free-kick comes to nothing.

  • 24'

    Can we have a breather now? Incredible start to the game, if this keeps up it'll be 8-6 by the end.

  • 23'

    Fener push on again, they want to get back into the game. Song and Clichy combine well to clear the ball with Guiza and Semih lurking about.

  • 22'

    Fener really do have a shaky defence. Lord knows what Diaby was doing up there, but he showed a great deal of composure to slot it home.

  • 22'

    Not even a quarter of the way through yet and we already have four goals...

  • 21'

    What a game. This is unbelievable. Space between Edu and Gonul and the tall midfielder is there, he does really well to hold off the challenges and smashes it low with his left foot past Volkan.

  • 21'

    GOAL! And again, Arsenal are in front. Diaby this time.

  • 20'

    Poor defending from the Gunners there, Guiza was left totally unmarked and did really well to get the ball back across the box. Silvestre couldn't get out of the way.

  • 19'

    Now the fans are singing again.

  • 18'

    Easy long ball pumped into the box and Arsenal fail to deal with it. In fact it's an own goal, Guiza's volley but it comes off Silvestre and goes in.

  • 18'

    GOAL! Guiza gets Fener back in contention.

  • 18'

    Song is booked for a cynical block on Borul.

  • 17'

    Adebayor finding so much space, he is well tackled by Gonul but then they lose it again. Walcott, Nasri and Fabregas all trying to break through.

  • 17'

    Semih is Fener's best chance of getting a goal, he is caught offside as Song lets the ball go. A lucky escape for Wenger's men or he would have been in.

  • 16'

    The Gunners are sitting back a bit now. Taking stock of the brilliant start they had. Fener really have looked shaky at the back and Walcott's pace is causnig them trouble.

  • 14'

    Fenerbahce's best chance. Clichy is nowhere and Guiza finds space, his cross takes a deflection and Semih is there. Almunia comes out to smother the ball and the Turkish striker really should have done better.

  • 13'

    What footwork from Diaby. Totally fooled his man and provided the cross across the box, Nasri is there but a great save from Volkan saves Fener.

  • 12'

    Semih tries to get back in the game, but his touch is too hard and Song holds him off the ball.

  • 11'

    Two goals in two minutes, and you can hear a pin drop in the stadium. The Turkish fans have not had it easy this season and that was a hammer blow.

  • 10'

    Walcott splits the defence. A great pass through and Walcott threads through Lugano and Carlos to round the keeper and score. 2-0.

  • 10'

    GOAL! And it's two. What a start, Fener are falling apart.

  • 9'

    Walcott nearly got in his way, but Fabregas found the Togo man with a great ball and he held his run to stay onside. Quality, cool, finish as well.

  • 9'

    GOAL! Adebayor silences the crowd.

  • 8'

    Diaby is pushing on for Arsenal, he's a big lad and alongside Adebayor could cause some problems in the air. A great run from Clichy, but Fener mop up and Lugano sets off an attack.

  • 7'

    Eboue fails to find Fabregas with a pass and Arsenal lose possession. Good long ball from Carlos towards Guiza, but he is outmuscled by Clichy.

  • 6'

    Carlos lets rip with his famous left foot, but the ball flies over the bar. Arsenal don't want to let the Brazilian get a clear sight of goal or we know what will happen.

  • 5'

    Up the other end there's halfa chance for Adebayor. Good interplay between the midfielders and the Togo man has space at the edge of the area. Shocking shot though, it went miles over.

  • 4'

    The ball broke just inside the box and it was Nasri who let Borul go. Cracking shot and what a stop from the new skipper.

  • 3'

    Chance. Almunia great save, he was really brave there after Clichy failed to clear it.

  • 3'

    Nasri wins the ball well and starts an Arsenal break, but they're called back for Fabregas who was offside.

  • 2'

    Fener struggling to get hold of the ball in the early exchanges. Walcott looks really dangerous with the ball at his feet on the right wing.

  • 1'

    Silvestre gets the ball clear, the Gunners will be glad of his experience in the defence tonight.

  • 1'

    Theo Walcott bursts into the box after good work from Adebayor. The noise is deafening, you can only imagine what it's like on the pitch.

  • 1'

    Eboue starts things off with a backheel that nearly goes wrong. Let's hope he learns from that

  • 1'

    And we're underway.


    The teams are coming out, so we're just about to get going...


    He'll be up against young Theo Walcott and that could be a cracking prospect. Alex Song will look to impress at the back, while Manuel Almunia is made captain.


    Players to watch out for tonight... Guiza is always a goal threat and the Spanish striker is a big physical presence as well. No Kazim to worry about, but Roberto Carlos could be a threat down the left.


    You always get a hot reception in Turkey and tonight is no different. The stadium looks packed and the Fener fans will be in full voice as they try to lift their struggling team.


    Arsenal have their own problems though, with injuries and inexperience playing a part in their opening to the campaign. Diaby will have to play well in the Vieira role if the Gunners are to win here.


    Arsenal will fancy this as Fenerbahce have not started their domestic season well under new coach Luis Aragones. In fact, they only just beat the bottom side in Turkey at the weekend.


    It looks a cautious approach, but Wenger's men should go all out for the win against the group's bottom side.


    Kolo Toure, William Gallas and Bacary Sagna are all out so it's Clichy, Silvestre, Song and Eboue at the back. With Walcott and Diaby drafted in to the midfield.


    Some team news from the Arsenal camp, as Wenger looks to tighten up the midfield by playing five across it. Van Persie drops to the bench so it's Adebayor up front on his own.


    Join us at 1945 BST as Arsenal head for a hostile reception in Turkey against Fenerbahce.