Aaron Ramsey scored twice as Arsenal recorded a comfortable victory over Fenerbahce to reach the Champions League for the 16th consecutive year.

The Turkish visitors trailed 3-0 after the first leg of the play-off and went further behind when Ramsey finished from close range after Lukas Podolski's through ball was deflected to him.

Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny tipped Emmanuel Emenike's shot onto the post.

But Ramsey grabbed a second when he volleyed in Kieran Gibbs' cross.

Theo Walcott hit the crossbar with a free-kick as Arsenal strolled through, with the only concern for boss Arsene Wenger a hamstring injury which will keep Podolski out for three weeks.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere also looked uncomfortable after receiving a late kick on the ankle but finished the game.

Arsene Wenger

Wenger praises Arsenal consistency

Otherwise, once Ramsey added to his goal in the first leg, it was a relatively straightforward evening in front of an under-capacity crowd at the Emirates Stadium.

Following their opening-day defeat by Aston Villa, this was Arsenal's third successive victory and, ahead of hosting north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday, it will have injected fresh confidence into an occasionally fragile side.

European governing body Uefa may also breathe a sigh of relief since the result avoided a potentially awkward scenario where Fenerbahce could have progressed despite facing the prospect of a two-year European ban after being found guilty of match-fixing.

Their appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday.

History weighed against the visitors, with Arsenal only twice suffering European defeats by three goals or more in the last 50 years, and Fenerbahce scoring just three times in eight trips to England.

However, they went close to opening the scoring when Bacaray Sagna's attempted clearance was deflected towards his own goal and forced Szczesny into a save.

Ramsey put the Gunners in greater control when he profited from Caner Erkin's sliding clearance after Podolski attempted to find Walcott.

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Arsenal have a 100% record in Champions League play-off ties, winning 12 games out of 12

Welshman Ramsey, who struggled for form for parts of last season, has made an energetic start to this campaign and impressed alongside Wilshere and Santi Cazorla in the heart of Arsenal's midfield.

The trio were at the heart of some early, crisp passing and set up chances for Walcott and Olivier Giroud, while Cazorla was denied by a fine save as Fenerbahce keeper Volkan Demirel kept the game, if not the tie, in the balance.

The visitors went close to equalising on the night before the break when Nigerian Emenike bore down on goal after giving Sagna the slip, but Szczesny pulled off a superb stop.

Eighteen minutes from the end, Ramsey finished off a fine move down the left, volleying into the bottom corner to ensure Arsenal's name will be in the Champions League draw on Thursday once again.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Champions Lge qualifying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce FT
(HT 1-0)(agg 5-0)
  • Ramsey 25
  • Ramsey 72

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Fenerbahce

    • 01 Demirel
    • 02 Korkmaz yellow card
    • 22 Alves
    • 77 Gonul yellow card
    • 14 Meireles yellow card
    • 16 Cristian (Potuk 67)
    • 21 Sahin
    • 88 Erkin
    • 07 Sow (Topuz 83)
    • 11 Kuyt (Webo 66)
    • 29 Emenike yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 23 Gunok,
    • 03 Kaldirim,
    • 04 Irtegun,
    • 26 Potuk,
    • 38 Topuz,
    • 48 Ucan,
    • 09 Webo
    Ref: Carlos Velasco Carballo
    ARSENAL
    FENERBAHCE

    Possession

    • Arsenal 52%
    • Fenerbahce 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Arsenal 11
    • Fenerbahce 7

    Attempts off target

    • Arsenal 7
    • Fenerbahce 9

    Corners

    • Arsenal 5
    • Fenerbahce 6

    Fouls

    • Arsenal 8
    • Fenerbahce 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:07 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:13 Shot by Santi Cazorla missed to the left of goal.
    • 90:00+1:38 Ryo Miyaichi takes a short corner.
    • 90:00+1:14 Ryo Miyaichi sends in a cross. Carl Jenkinson takes a shot. A parry by Volkan Demirel prevents the goal.
    • 90:00+0:47 Alper Potuk takes a shot.
    • 90:00 Carl Jenkinson takes a shot and went wide right of the target.
    • 89:17 Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Volkan Demirel safely holds on.
    • 88:40 Alper Potuk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Jenkinson. Free kick taken by Carl Jenkinson.
    • 87:45 Booking
    • 87:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Gokhan Gonul. Gokhan Gonul goes into the referee's book. Nacho Monreal restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:29 Eduardo Bruno Alves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Santi Cazorla has a shot from the free kick which hits the wall.
    • 84:09 A cross is delivered by Ryo Miyaichi. Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:15 Substitution Mehmet Topuz comes on in place of Moussa Sow.
    • 80:39 Centre by Gokhan Gonul. Emmanuel Emenike takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.
    • 79:25 Selcuk Sahin challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nacho Monreal.
    • 78:43 Alper Potuk fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick. Caner Erkin takes the free kick.
    • 77:15 Booking
    • 77:12 Raul Meireles is penalised for a handball. Booking for Raul Meireles for unsporting behaviour. Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:35 Foul by Jack Wilshere on Moussa Sow, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Eduardo Bruno Alves from the free kick. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.
    • 74:56 Yaya Sanogo takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.
    • 73:41 Substitution Ryo Miyaichi on for Theo Walcott.
    • 72:54 Centre by Gokhan Gonul. Header at goal by Pierre Webo goes over the bar.
    • 71:43 The assist for the goal came from Kieran Gibbs.
    • 71:43 GOAL - Aaron RamseyArsenal 2 - 0 Fenerbahce Aaron Ramsey grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Arsenal 2 (5)-(0) 0 Fenerbahce.
    • 69:38 Caution for Aaron Ramsey.
    • 69:38 Booking
    • 68:59 Foul by Moussa Sow on Carl Jenkinson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
    • 66:48 Raul Meireles is adjudged to have handled the ball. Shot comes in from Theo Walcott from the free kick that hits the bar.
    • 65:34 Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:34 Substitution Alper Potuk is brought on as a substitute for Cristian Baroni.
    • 65:34 Substitution Pierre Webo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dirk Kuyt.
    • 65:34 Foul by Egeman Korkmaz on Yaya Sanogo, free kick awarded.
    • 65:19 Raul Meireles is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
    • 64:04 Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the right by-line. Header at goal by Kieran Gibbs goes over the bar.
    • 63:40 Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Volkan Demirel dives and deflects the ball away.
    • 61:02 Moussa Sow takes a shot and goes over the bar.
    • 60:14 Unfair challenge on Gokhan Gonul by Nacho Monreal results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Raul Meireles restarts the game.
    • 59:56 Substitution Yaya Sanogo on for Olivier Giroud.
    • 56:31 Unfair challenge on Gokhan Gonul by Kieran Gibbs results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Selcuk Sahin.
    • 54:32 Booking
    • 54:29 Emmanuel Emenike gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wojciech Szczesny. Emmanuel Emenike shown a yellow card. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
    • 52:54 The official flags Egeman Korkmaz offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
    • 52:33 Foul by Olivier Giroud on Raul Meireles, free kick awarded. Cristian Baroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 52:09 Eduardo Bruno Alves takes a shot. Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:46 Corner taken by Caner Erkin. Nacho Monreal manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:21 Centre by Caner Erkin. Cristian Baroni takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.
    • 51:08 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Blocked by Per Mertesacker.
    • 48:26 Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the right by-line. Clearance made by Selcuk Sahin.
    • 48:26 Substitution Kieran Gibbs on for Lukas Podolski.
    • 47:53 Carl Jenkinson sends in a cross. Eduardo Bruno Alves manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:49 Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line. Clearance made by Eduardo Bruno Alves.
    • 45:22 A cross is delivered by Lukas Podolski. Clearance by Egeman Korkmaz.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:14 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 44:50 The ball is swung over by Nacho Monreal. Olivier Giroud takes a shot and went wide left of the target.
    • 43:00 Moussa Sow crosses the ball. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.
    • 41:13 The assistant referee signals for offside against Theo Walcott. Volkan Demirel takes the free kick.
    • 40:21 Caner Erkin has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
    • 40:08 Centre by Caner Erkin. Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
    • 39:47 The ball is delivered by Cristian Baroni. Dirk Kuyt has an effort at goal. Carl Jenkinson gets a block in.
    • 39:09 Emmanuel Emenike is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 38:36 Emmanuel Emenike takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny parries the ball away.
    • 37:50 Emmanuel Emenike gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
    • 37:01 Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the left by-line. Volkan Demirel gets a fist to the ball to punch .
    • 36:45 Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Eduardo Bruno Alves gets a block in.
    • 33:53 Booking
    • Correction - 33:49 Moussa Sow fouled by Per Mertesacker, the ref awards a free kick. Per Mertesacker booked. Shot comes in from Eduardo Bruno Alves from the free kick that goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 33:49 Per Mertesacker concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Sow. Strike comes in from Eduardo Bruno Alves from the free kick and misses left of the target.
    • 31:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Jack Wilshere. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.
    • 31:19 Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Volkan Demirel parries the effort to safety.
    • 30:30 Wojciech Szczesny fouled by Emmanuel Emenike, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 29:57 Corner from the right by-line taken by Caner Erkin.
    • 29:42 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross. Nacho Monreal makes a clearance.
    • 29:33 Caner Erkin produces a cross. Clearance by Bacary Sagna.
    • Correction - 29:05 The ball is delivered by Aaron Ramsey. Clearance made by Egeman Korkmaz.
    • 29:05 Aaron Ramsey delivers the ball. Clearance made by Emmanuel Emenike.
    • 28:17 Booking
    • 28:07 Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Egeman Korkmaz results in a free kick. Egeman Korkmaz is booked. Santi Cazorla crosses the ball in from the free kick. Clearance made by Eduardo Bruno Alves.
    • 26:20 Header by Eduardo Bruno Alves goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 26:08 Corner taken by Cristian Baroni.
    • 25:39 Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line. Clearance made by Bacary Sagna.
    • 24:05 Assist by Lukas Podolski.
    • 24:05 GOAL - Aaron RamseyArsenal 1 - 0 Fenerbahce Aaron Ramsey slots the ball right footed into the goal. Arsenal 1 (4)-(0) 0 Fenerbahce.
    • 23:41 The ball is crossed by Carl Jenkinson. Volkan Demirel parries the ball away.
    • 22:38 The referee blows for offside. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
    • 22:23 Shot by Lukas Podolski. Eduardo Bruno Alves gets a block in.
    • 21:38 Selcuk Sahin has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
    • 21:28 Caner Erkin produces a cross. Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.
    • 20:24 Emmanuel Emenike concedes a free kick for a foul on Lukas Podolski. Srike on goal from Theo Walcott hits the wall from the free kick.
    • 18:11 The ball is crossed by Gokhan Gonul. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.
    • 17:42 Foul by Aaron Ramsey on Cristian Baroni, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Cristian Baroni.
    • 16:23 Shot by Olivier Giroud missed to the left of goal.
    • 14:24 Gokhan Gonul delivers the ball. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.
    • 14:04 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Volkan Demirel catches the ball.
    • 13:41 Carl Jenkinson produces a cross. Blocked by Caner Erkin.
    • 12:30 Moussa Sow is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
    • Correction - 11:36 Raul Meireles takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny parries the ball away.
    • 11:36 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny parries the effort to safety.
    • 10:25 Unfair challenge on Santi Cazorla by Caner Erkin results in a free kick. Santi Cazorla takes the free kick.
    • 8:53 Centre by Moussa Sow. Blocked by Per Mertesacker.
    • 7:49 Gokhan Gonul gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nacho Monreal. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:38 The ball is delivered by Moussa Sow. Aaron Ramsey makes a clearance.
    • 5:32 The offside flag is raised against Theo Walcott. Egeman Korkmaz restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:29 The official flags Emmanuel Emenike offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:53 The referee blows for offside. Selcuk Sahin takes the free kick.
    • 2:29 Unfair challenge on Lukas Podolski by Gokhan Gonul results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
    • 1:27 Raul Meireles takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.
    • 1:12 Corner taken by Cristian Baroni. Olivier Giroud makes a clearance.
    • 0:39 Corner taken by Cristian Baroni. Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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