Wednesday football: Arsenal, Chelsea, Aston Villa in action

Live text commentary as Arsenal win at Fenerbahce in the Champions League and Chelsea defeat Aston Villa in the Premier League.

21 August 2013 Last updated at 21:36 GMT

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    I began tonight with talk of a possible Arsenal crisis, so it is only right I end by reporting that they have one foot (if not more) in the Champions League group stage after easily seeing off Fenerbahce in the first leg of their play-off. We've had a feisty Premier League encounter between Chelsea and Aston Villa to take in too - in short, lots to enjoy. Thanks for keeping me company - I'll see you again at the weekend.

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    PLAYER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
    Andreas Weimann

    Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann: "The manager has said enough about the decisions.

    "We have played really well, it was a big win at Arsenal and we should have got something today. Petr Cech is one of the best keepers in the world, and he pulled off a great save from me."

  3. 2222: 
    A GOOD NIGHT TO BE AN ARSENAL FAN...

    Just like their men's team, Arsenal Ladies have done the biz on the road tonight, thumping Doncaster Belles 6-0 in the FA Women's Super League.

    Danielle Carter scored twice, helping to send the Gunners into second place in the table, two points behind Liverpool.

  4. 2220: 
    SPANISH SUPER CUP

    The Spanish Super Cup has just kicked off, well about 20 minutes ago to be precise. There's been a pretty special goal too, from Atletico Madrid's David Villa against his old club Barcelona - an expert finish after the slickest of build-ups.

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    That's the consolation Paul Lambert needs tonight (below) that he is considered good enough for the Everton job. Bet he, and Villa fans, will be delighted with that news.

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    Carl Harris: Loving all the villa fans moaning about the ref. didn't say much after the arsenal game did you?

    Danny Briggs: Funny how Paul Lambert didn't notice the poor refereeing on Saturday #bootonotherfoot.

    RightJudgeIam: If Paul Lambert had waited one more year at Norwich he would have walked into the Everton job. Gonna be a top top manager.

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    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

    Here is Paul Lambert's take on that incident involving Christian Benteke and Branislav Ivanovic, and also John Terry's handball in the Chelsea area, which went unpunished: "It is easy to come on here and have sour grapes but it is there for everybody to see. He clearly elbowed Christian Benteke, it was a sending off.

    "The penalty was a penalty, everybody saw that. He missed two huge moments. "How can you miss that magnitude of a decision? It is beyond me."

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    You can see a gallery of tonight's action by visiting the BBC Facebook page, where there is a discussion of whether Chelsea are going to win the title this season.

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    Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

    Jose Mourinho hasn't changed has he? I mean, not that I was really expecting him to have done. Tonight? A veiled pop at Villa's playing style and ever so slightly patronising about Paul Lambert complaining about a crucial decision. Welcome back!

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    Clinton Mccutcheon: If Arsene uses beating Fenerbache as an excuse not to sign players I think fans will go into meltdown.

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    Paul Johnson: Jose saying Villa deserved a point? Deserved more, Ivanovic should have been off, so wouldn't have scored, then the handball.

    Steven Jerjian: Lambert will be gutted at the decisions costing his side, but Villa have clearly come a long long way since that 8-0 drubbing.

    Jonathan Porter: still think chelsea need a new world class centre-back. Terry not what he was, don't rate Cahill and Luiz is more defensive mid/

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    FC Basel hold a 4-2 lead over Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad going into the second leg of the Champions League play-off round. Austria Vienna beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0, while Schalke 04 drew 1-1 with PAOK and Steaua Bucharest were held at home against Legia Warsaw by the same scoreline.

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    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
    Paul Lambert and Jose Mourinho

    More from Jose Mourinho, this time on Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert's protests that Branislav Ivanovic should have been sent off for a clash with Christian Benteke before heading home Chelsea's winner: "Benteke makes a lot of fouls and the opponent who plays against him has to make a lot of fouls.

    "Paul Lambert reminds me of me at his age. Now I complain with some decisions, at his age I complained at every decision. Paul complains at every decision, I was the same. Benteke and Ivanovic, they are two giants, it was 50/50."

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    Injured Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta: Well done boys, so happy!!! Let's finish it on Tuesday!!

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    MANAGER REACTION- Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa
    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "That was very hard. I missed that about the Premier League! Normally matches in the Bernabeu we win every match very comfortable, this was very hard, it's what I like. I told Paul Lambert that they deserve a point, it wouldn't be unfair.

    "They fought a lot. They have their style which is not my style. They have a special player with special qualities with Christian Benteke, they transport the ball to your half and he is a big boy who makes a lot of fouls. It's difficult. They are very dangerous in counter-attack as well."

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    PLAYER REACTION- Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal
    Arsenal celebrate scoring in Istanbul

    Arsenal forward Theo Walcott: "Three great goals and it is a great result now going to the Emirates on Tuesday night."

    Arsenal goalscorer Aaron Ramsey: "It was not the ideal start to the Premier League but we bounced back tonight - we have been criticised but we remained switched on. I'm feeling confident at the moment."

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    We now know that Arsenal are going to be in the Champions League group stage, unless Fenerbahce sign 11 players in the next seven days anyway... but is the best thing about tonight's result, the fact that it has lifted morale of Arsenal fans, players and (probably) the manager?

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    I've just had a thought. What if Arsene Wenger is so impressed with the way his side put Fenerbahce to the sword tonight, that he decides that his squad DOESN'T need strengthening... ?

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    Ed Hewings: "Ian Holloway was right - Ivanovic should have seen red and we should have had a penalty just then."

    Hassan Al Jumah: "Chelsea have a new friend in Kevin."

    Nick Clohessy: "1st the lack of red for Ivanovic. Then the offside goal. Now the Terry hand ball ignored. Injustice at the Bridge."

  20. 2140: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

    The final whistle blows... but expect some afters from this one. There are some arguments going on among the players, but the managers - Paul Lambert and Jose Mourinho - shook hands before disappearing down the tunnel.

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    Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

    We are deep into injury time at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have a corner, but nobody in blue is in the Villa area... there are only seconds left.

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    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

    A HUGE penalty appeal for handball from Villa after the ball clearly hits John Terry's arm inside the Chelsea area. Referee Kevin Friend shakes his head - Paul Lambert looks close to exploding.

  23. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal

    The Gunners end the first leg with a fierce shot from Carl Jenkinson, which Volkan Demirel tips over. No matter, job done for Arsenal. No crisis there at the moment.

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    Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

    I'm looking forward to hearing from Paul Lambert after the match, whether or not his Villa side snatch an equaliser or not. He looks in a bit of a bad mood - something to do with the scoreline, and at least one refereeing decision, I'd imagine.

  25. 2135: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

    There will be FIVE minutes of added time at Stamford Bridge. Plenty of time for some late drama there then...

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "Arsenal are winning all the battles around the pitch, looking a yard sharper. This is not a great Fenerbahce side but Arsenal have been very good. I have been really impressed with a maturing Aaron Ramsey."

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    Akude Emeka: "Massive save from Cech. Really good."

    Hashim Albahbahani: "Petr Cech: Chelsea's most reliable life saver."

  28. 2133: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal

    I told you Fenerbahce hadn't thrown in the towel. It takes another top drawer stop by Wojciech Szczesny to preserve his clean sheet, with the Arsenal keeper pushing away a stinging drive by Emmanuel Emenike. We are into injury time at Istanbul, and there will be three minutes of it.

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    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

    Things are still in the balance at Stamford Bridge, though, despite Chelsea's dominance. The ball breaks for Andreas Weimann at the far post on a rare Villa attack but he is unable to react and Petr Cech is off his line quickly to block with his legs.

  30. 2129: 
    FINAL FIVE- Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal

    Five minutes to go at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, where Arsenal are cruising. Even with the second leg to come, you cannot help but think it is job done for the Gunners.

  31. 2128: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal

    Fair do's, Fenerbahce have not given up yet - and they have just forced Wojciech Szczesny into his best save of the night. The Pole flung himself to his left to keep out Michal Kadlec's clipped shot.

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    Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

    Chelsea have the lead and they are pegging Villa back too. The real action is happening in the technical area, though, where Blues boss Jose Mourinho and Villa manager Paul Lambert are having a spirited discussion - probably about Branislav Ivanovic.

  33. 2124: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal

    We are into the last 10 minutes in Istanbul and Arsenal are making a change up front - Olivier Giroud is replaced by Lukas Podolski. Time for a Fenerbahce switch too - Alper Potukt on for your favourite mohican/beard wearer of the night, Raul Meireles.

  34. 2123: 
    Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal

    Arsenal are looking full of beans now, trying all sorts of intricate passes outside the Fenerbahce area. Some of the Gunners players are even smiling - what next, a grin from Arsene Wenger?

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "We should not under-estimate the significance of this result. It is against a decent side but Arsenal have been so professional in this second half. It helps so much in the transfer market with Arsenal virtually through now."

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    Mat(wa)t: "Ivanovic had no right to score that goal, should have been off for the foul on Benteke."

    David Broome: "Well done Chelsea, an offside goal against the run of play for man who should of been sent off."

    Christopher Hall: "The man who should have seen red just seconds earlier gets the goal. Hmm."

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    GOAL- Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal - Olivier Giroud (77 mins)

    Olivier Giroud steps up to confidently despatch the penalty and sends Volkan Demirel the wrong way. I am not sure there is anyway back for Fenerbahce from here - not from what we have seen from them so far, anyhow.

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea and Branislav Ivanovic are very, very fortunate - it should have been a red card for Ivanovic not long before he scored."

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    PENALTY- to Arsenal

    For a foul on Theo Walcott by Michal Kadlec.

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    Fenerbahce 0-2 Arsenal

    Another decent chance for Arsenal as Theo Walcott is gifted the ball on the edge of the box by a fluffed clearance kick by goalkeeper Volkan Demirel . The England striker skips past the last remaining defender but hammers well off the top from a tightening angle.

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    GOAL- Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa - Branislav Ivanovic (73 mins)

    Aston Villa's backline has looked solid this evening - up until now, anyway. From a whipped Frank Lampard free-kick from the right, Branislav Ivanovic rises unopposed to head past Brad Guzan.

    I would imagine you will hear a lot more about this goal, too, because Villa are livid. Just before that free-kick, Ivanovic caught Christian Benteke with a flailing arm and got booked. The Villa bench felt he should have been sent off.

  42. 2117: 
    CLOSE!- Fenerbahce 0-2 Arsenal

    Suddenly the shots are raning in on Wojciech Szczesny's goal. Well, sort of. Moussa Sow has a a pop from the edge of the box and sends the ball flying a yard over the bar. I don't think Arsenal have any reason to be worried, though, they are in control of this tie and their opponents look average, at best.

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    Goals flying in across Europe. Former Chelsea man Miroslav Stoch has equalised for PAOK against Schalke 04, that is now 1-1. In Bulgaria, hosts Ludogorets Razgrad take a 2-1 lead over FC Basel, before two quick goals from the Swiss side turn the tie in their advantage. Legia Warsaw have equalised against Steaua Bucharest and Marin Leovac has given Austria Vienna the lead at 10-man Dinamo Zagreb.

  44. 2112: 
    CLOSE!- Fenerbahce 0-2 Arsenal

    Fenerbahce badly need a goal tonight to have any chance of turning this tie around in the second leg, and this is as close as they have come. Raul Meireles swings over a cross but Moussa Sow cannot keep his header down. Chance gone.

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "It is a mature performance from Arsenal, but once you have your opponent on the floor you have to make sure that you put them away."

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    Andy Brown: "Crisis,what crisis?"

    Sham Gallagher: "Arsenal seem to have proved them selves. Definitely stepped up from Villa game, despite injuries."

    Mr Awesome: "Arsenal need a centre midfielder? Wilshere and Cazorla are class already and Ramsey is getting better day by day."

  47. 2102: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fenerbahce 0-2 Arsenal

    Just before that second Arsenal goal, Fenerbahce brought on their £11m striker Emmanuel Emenike. Anyone else wondering why he didn't start?

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    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

    Can Villa nick this? They are still threatening occasionally on the break and go close when a superb cross from the left-hand side by Christian Benteke eludes the entire Chelsea defence and falls to Andreas Weimann at the far stick the but the Austrian's shot at full stretch is wide of the post.

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    SanctifieD Kaludzu: "Aaron Ramsey proving to be a key player."

    Miracle *August 30*: "Ramsey!!! Justice done."

    Edward Chikumbanje: "Rambooooo 16."

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in IstanbulFenerbahce 0-2 Arsenal

    "Arsenal are well on their way to finishing this tie off."

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    GOAL- Fenerbahce 0-2 Arsenal - Aaron Ramsey (64 mins)

    Let's get this straight, this is a howler by Fenerbahce keeper Volkan Demirel, but Aaron Ramsey deserves praise for his performance tonight, and he deserves this goal too. The Welshman advances to the edge of the area and lets fly with a low strike that should be stopped by Demirel but instead slips through his outstretched palms and trundles into the bottom corner of the net.

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    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

    This was a a lot closer - at the other end Matthew Lowton tees up Gabriel Agbonlahor just inside the box but his first-time curling shot flashes just over.

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    CLOSE!- Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

    Openings have been so thin on the ground in the second half at Stamford Bridge that this goes down as a real waste from Chelsea's point of view. They get a rare sight of goal when a throw-in bounces through to Eden Hazard inside the area, but he snatches at his shot and it dribbles wide.

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "Fenerbahce are starting to look very ragged. It is looking good for Arsenal in the second half. Arsene Wenger wants to make the fans of Arsenal happy and he is doing that tonight."

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    Bruce Dipper: "Arsenal's British core doing the job!"

    Jonathan Middleton: "Anyone who continues to deny that Aaron Ramsey is pure class just shouldn't bother watching football."

    Garreth Frank: "One of the only positives from the last few months at Arsenal has been the emergence of Ramsey as a potentially key player."

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    Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

    Where were we at Stamford Bridge? Chelsea dominating possession and Villa sitting back and defending in numbers, that's where. No more chances to tell you about, and still 1-1 with almost an hour played.

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    Fenerbahce 0-1 Arsenal
    Arsenal's Santi Cazorla (left) and Fenerbahce"s Moussa Sow

    Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny has not had much to do so far tonight. Actually, I tell a lie, he has had nothing to do... but he has just earned his corn - dashing from his line to throw himself at the feet of Moussa Sow (above) and gets a foot in his face for his troubles.

    Unlike Laurent Koscielny earlier, Szczesny can continue... eventually.

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    Rob, London: "So let's get this straight. On Saturday 7 minutes into Arsenal's first match of the season, Giroud is the answer and Arsenal have no problems. Fast forward 129ish minutes of football and suddenly Arsenal have no cutting edge, are down and out and the season is over. Arsenal fans... fickle much? "

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    PJBlockoBlocko: "Allez Gibbo!"

    James William Dingle: "BOOOOOM GIBBO!!!!!"

    Sam Borni: "Wow. Walcott's cross was good but Ramsay's through ball was on another level. Talk about an overdue goal."

  60. 2056: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Fenerbahce 0-1 Arsenal

    The Gunners have the goal they craved... and they almost have another moments later. After another neat build-up, Theo Walcott has space in the box to get a shot away, but he is denied by Volkan Demirel.

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "For once Arsenal have the cutting edge in the final third. It was a good decision from Theo Walcott, but his cross was a tricky one for Kieran Gibbs to deal with. The full-back managed to guide it in though and that is all that matters."

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    GOAL- Fenerbahce 0-1 Arsenal - Kieran Gibbs (51 mins)

    And now Arsenal have had a shot on target too! Even better, they have a goal - and what a well-worked one it was. Aaron Ramsey frees Theo Walcott down the right-hand side of the area with a superbly-weighted pass and he flashes the ball across the face of goal to find Keiran Gibbs charging in at the far post to turn it home.

    That should put a smile on Arsene Wenger's face.

  63. 2053: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal
    Fenerbahce's Dirk Kuyt

    Amazing! Fenerbahce have had a shot! They have been a lot better since the restart, to be fair, and Dirk Kuyt has just fizzed the ball over the bar after running on to a loose Arsenal pass 30 yards from their own goal. A warning for the Gunners? We will see...

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    Thomas Hewitt: "As much as Benteke deserves praise, Agbonlahor has looked great in both games. Keeps it up and Roy can't ignore him."

    RRM: "How Agbonlahor isnt in the England national side is beyond me. Benteke one of the most lethal finishers in the league."

    Matthew Vins: "If he keeps this form up there can be no denying Agbonlahor another England call up! Causes mayhem."

  65. 2051: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    A change to tell you about. Fenerbahce have made a straight swap at right-back during the half-time break. Bekir Iregun has been replaced by Gokhan Gonul.

  66. 2050: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

    And Aston Villa get the second half started at Stamford Bridge. A penny for Jose Mourinho's thoughts at the break.

  67. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF- Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    We are back under way in Istanbul. Will Fenerbahce manage a shot on goal in this half? Will Arsenal manage one on target?

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    Kabenuka Munthali: "In Zambia, Lusaka library I have an exam tomorrow at 9:00am, Pretending to be studying as I follow the Arsenal game on BBC."

    JohnMadrid: "At work in Madrid following game online and keeping the faith! Come on you Gunners!!"

    Biyi Osobowale: "From Nigeria, I believe it is time for Arsenal to look for a replacement for their coach."

    IG: tha_frass_one: "At work in JAMAICA following the #ChelseaFC game. Hoping for a win."

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  69. 2043: 
    Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
    Christian Benteke levels for Aston Villa

    I get the feeling we might see this a few more times this season - but here is Christian Benteke firing home his latest Premier League goal. It was a wonderful strike and also meant I was right with my 'prediction' at 2020. I know you noticed.

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    STEVE GANYE: "Giroud is lacking the cutting edge #AFC."

    Sriram: "Tonight is Giroud's chance" - Heard it way too often since last season."

    Deejay Immo: "Arsenal has zero creativity in the final third, attacking n a defensive midfielder is needed."

  71. 2042: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    So, Arsenal fans, is 0-0 a good enough scoreline against a team as bad as Fenerbahce have been tonight?

    Or, would you take a goalless draw now and look to finish off the tie at the Emirates Stadium?

    Tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text in via 81111 (UK only).

  72. 2039: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Some transfer news to bring to you at the break - Liverpool have rejected an approach from Napoli for their defender Martin Skrtel. The Anfield club were contacted on Tuesday about the possibility of allowing the Slovakia defender to move to Italy in a deal worth around £10m.

    Napoli manager Rafael Benitez signed Skrtel in 2008 and with the defender having fallen behind Kolo Toure in Liverpool's starting line-up he has now enquired about the possibility of a reunion.

    Liverpool have refused to comment on the approach but it is understood the club are wary of selling Skrtel with fellow defender Sebastian Coates on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "I think that Arsene Wenger will be reasonably pleased, but there is work to be done in the final third. They need more people going to be the extra man to join the attack. In our day we had Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira who sat in midfield and allowed others to join the attack. Now they have three in midfield, so they are a man light at the top of the team. That is the balance that they need to find if they are going to win anything this season."

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    Half-time whistles toot around Europe in the play-off round matches. Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria are holding FC Basel 1-1, while Jefferson Farfan has given Schalke 04 the lead against PAOK. Steaua Bucharest are 1-0 up against Legia Warsaw but no goals in the match between Dinamo Zagreb and Austria Vienna.

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    Akhil Shah: "Bentekkers! Thank you Christian! Great strike."

    Toby: "This Benteke fellow ain't half bad."

    Ajayi Temilola: "What a strike from Benteke!! Game on."

  76. 2037: 
    Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa
    Christian Benteke

    Christian Benteke has now scored 17 Premier League goals in 2013, three more than any other Premier League player. Would any of you rather have Olivier Giroud in your team?

  77. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    So much promise, but few serious threats on goal from Arsenal.

  78. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

    What an end to the half.

  79. 2033: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke (45 mins)

    Talking of strikers, what a goal this is, from one of the best in the Premier League.

    Aston Villa get their reward for their steady improvement as the half went on, as Gabriel Agbonlahor raids down the left leaving Branislav Ivanovic in his wake and pulls the ball back for Christian Benteke, who takes a touch before squeezing the the ball between Petr Cech and his right-hand post, the ball clipping the upright on its way in. John Terry will not enjoy watching the replay, because he left Benteke far too much room.

  80. 2031: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    No, I was wrong. They fed the ball up to Olivier Giroud, who fired high and wide from a tight angle under pressure. I suppose tonight is Giroud's chance to show Arsene Wenger and the Gunners fans that they don't need a new big-money striker. So far, he hasn't done that.

  81. 2030: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    It looks like Arsenal are going to end the half by playing some passes around the halfway line. Fernerbahce have all 11 men in their own half.

  82. 2028: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    Belated signs of life from Fenerbahce as we approach half-time, well a couple of passes in the Arsenal half anyway. The Gunners respond with a spell of sustained pressure but they fail to get a shot away - the story of their half. Just two minutes to go until the break.

  83. 2027: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

    Nope, Ciaran Clark cannot continue - he is off to be stitched back up. Jores Okore, a summer signing from Denmark, is on instead for his Villa debut.

  84. 2025: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

    Play is stopped at Stamford Bridge because Ciaran Clark is down and needs treatment. No, actually, he is now back up on his feet... but he still needs treatment. Clark was hurt when Demba Ba kicked him with his backswing as he slid in for a tackle... there is an awful lot of blood.

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    Bermuda

    Robin Smith says he is still "at work" in Bermuda and sends in a stunning view from his office.

  86.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "Arsenal would never silence the crowd but they have done their best. What they really lack is a bit of penetration and imagination in the final third. A world-class centre forward."

  87. 2022: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    For all their good work with the ball, Arsenal are still running into cul-de-sacs when they get into Fenerbache's final third. They have not forced Volkan Demirel into a save of not yet, either.

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    Jon Evans: "Nani was sent off for much less last year... how was that not a red? Don't get much more dangerous than that."

    Kevin Maltby: "Disgraceful. Nani red card last year for accident yet Webo only yellow for kicking Koscielny in the face. Consistency please?"

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "I always thought that Bacary Sagna could play in that centre-back role that he has moved into. He is a similar stature to Kolo Toure and he will have to be a leader for Arsenal tonight."

  90. 2020: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert (left) and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho

    It is still all Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but they are not creating much in the way of chances. Villa are still working hard and harrying for the ball. I will stick my neck out and say that there is no way this will end up 8-0 (brave, I know).

  91. 2018: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    Oh dear. Laurent Koscielny has been carried off to have his head reattached to his shoulders. Pierre Webo is quite rightly booked and Carl Jenkinson is on instead.

  92.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "Webo has been booked, he is lucky not to be sent off. It is a reckless challenge to say the least and it looks like a nasty gash to Koscielny's forehead."

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    Moon: "In Slovakia, waiting for the next Spurs signing..."

    Tob: "It's a sunny summer day here in New Jersey, perfect for being cooped up inside watching football."

    Jay Petkau: "Following both the Arsenal and Chelsea matches from Winnipeg, Canada while at work."

    Nick Punter: "Following the action online, while waiting for my statistics class in Clayton, Georgia, USA. Come on Villa."

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  94. 2015: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    No play-acting here. Pierre Webo just kicked Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in the face. That hurt, and there is a lot of blood. Koscielny is on the ground and won't be getting up for a while.

  95.  
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    Ross MacDonald-Allan: "Following commentary in Vancouver. Nothing against Arsenal, but I enjoy a good football crisis, so kinda rooting for Fenerbahce."

    Ettiene Terblanche: "On my laptop, catching up on back episodes of The Mentalist in Johannesburg, South Africa. And watching BBC text for the Chelsea Villa game."

    Andy Ritchie: "Watching text feed from an oil rig of the coast of Russia, just hoping for goals to liven up my day!!"

    Kanayo Umeogu: "Total blackout in my area in Abuja Nigeria. Depending on BBC for updates. Phone and Laptop about to die."

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  96. 2015: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    Only goals so far in the Champions League qualifiers are in Bulgaria, where home side Ludogorets Razgrad have equalised against FC Basel after the Swiss side took the lead early on through livewire Mohamed Salah.

  97. 2012: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    Raul Meireles looks like he is being attacked by some angry woodland creatures that have attached themselves to his head. He is putting the tackles in in midfield but Arsenal are still getting forward and Santi Cazorla, in particular, is getting plenty of the ball.

    The Gunners just need to turn their complete domination of possession into a goal.

  98.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom Repton: "A Woking fan here in Guadalajara, Mexico. No interest in tonight's results - just following the football as normal."

    Abhiram Muralidhar: "United fan, Minneapolis, MN, USA. I know I've no business here. Hope Villa scrape a draw and frankly I dont care about Arsenal."

    Michael Roughton: "In Basel, switching between following Arsenal and FC Basel in their CL ties."

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  99. 2010: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    Fenerbahce have been pretty awful for the first 20 minutes or so and it is Arsenal who are by far the most assured in possession. They keep creating chances too - this time Aaron Ramsey sends a low shot fizzing wide - but are still to make this impressive start really count.

  100. 2006: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa's first chance, and it's a good one. From a quickly-taken free-kick Antonio Luna finds Andreas Weimann in space at the far post... but the Austrian makes a mess of his attempted header and the ball spins off his shoulder instead.

    Over 20 minutes played and over in Istanbul Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny has still not had to make a save.

  101. 2004: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    Two more sniffs for Arsenal. First Theo Walcott almost gets on the end of a wonderful slipped pass by Santi Cazorla after bursting into the area. Fenerbahce clear but the ball is quickly put back into their area and Olivier Giroud sends a looping header wide.

  102.  
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    Deletsu D. Selase: "On a bus home in Accra, Ghana. As a United fan, really interested in how Chelsea do today!"

    Fraser Glen: "Keeping track of the Chelsea game from a Greyhound bus in Texas. 4-1 Chelsea."

    Charles Orchard: "3am out here I'm Hong Kong. Woken up just so I can follow the Chelsea match on BBCSport!"

  103.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge, BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

    "It is all Chelsea keeping possession at the moment but their tempo has just dropped off a bit from the opening 10 minutes and Villa are getting a bit of the ball. Having said that, Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has not had a single save to make."

  104. 2002: 
    Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

    In case you were wondering what has happened since they took the lead, Chelsea are still bossing things at Stamford Bridge and spraying pass after pass around the park. Villa are penned back in their own half.

  105.  
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    From Alex, Woking: "Gooner, 1945 - very well said, coming from a Spurs fan. Long admired Arsene Wenger's spend/success ratio, but that HAS to be supplemented with choice signings here and there at least. He did it last year with Monreal, Giroud etc. Why not now?"

  106. 2000: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    A bit of a scare for Arsenal, because Jack Wilshere is down and in need of treatment - I think somebody trod on his toe. It's nothing serious, though, and he is back on his feet before I can even finish this sentence.

  107.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "There is a bit of anger about the Arsenal players tonight. They look keen to put right the defeat they suffered against Aston Villa at the weekend."

  108.  
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    Tunde Akere: "Eden Hazard is a phenomenon, he knows what to do on the field, he can only get better. Good start for Chelsea."

    Rob Millward: "Get in Hazard! May be an own goal but he made it!"

    Syrup: "Nice quick Chelsea goal... could this be another #CFC 8-0 #AVFC ??"

  109. 1959: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal
    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (left) and Fenerbahce's Raul Meireles

    As promised/warned, here is Raul Meireles in all his 'glory'. He would not look out of place taking on Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and whoever is on the WWE roster these days.

  110. 1958: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal are pressing hard when they lose possession too - their tempo right now is a bit like Manchester City's was against Newcastle on Monday.

    Fenerbahce's best moment so far has been a Pierre Webo cross that was aimed for Dirk Kuyt, but the Gunners had plenty of men back to deal with the danger.

  111.  
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    c. celsing: "I would not like to meet Raul Meireles in a dark Turkish alley..."

    Daniel: "Pierre Webo looks like a cross between Seal and Dr Kananga! Scary. Hench."

  112.  
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    Chelsea celebrate scoring against Aston Villa

    Ameer Chughtai: "Following from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Blue is the colour!"

    Amrit Gautam: "If Arsenal lose tonight Wenger should resign happily. From gunners fan at Indianapolis USA."

    Poco: "From Toronto, Canada. With Mata back he is going to control the game from midfield and create chances Chelsea to win 3-0."

  113. 1954: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    Meanwhile, in Istanbul, Arsenal are still looking sharp and still probing for openings. They almost found one when Jack Wilshere strode forward and released Theo Walcott, but his attempted low cross for Olivier Giroud was blocked. Even so, this is an encouraging start for the Gunners.

  114. 1950: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa - Antonio Luna og (7 mins)

    I asked for that, didn't I... Chelsea burst forward. Eden Hazard bursts into the area down the left and fires in a swinging shot that Brad Guzan pushes straight at Villa defender Antonio Luna, who knows nothing about it and cannot get out of the way. The ball bounces off his chest and over the line, for the scruffiest of opening goals.

  115. 1949: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Aston Villa

    In stark contrast to the way Chelsea started against Hull on Sunday, not a lot has happened at Stamford Bridge so far. The Blues are being patient in possession and Villa are sitting deep.

  116.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "Arsenal need to start well. With the noise levels in here the temptation is to just keep the ball and take the sting out of the occasion, but that would be a mistake. They need to go for the jugular straight from the off."

  117. 1947: 
    Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal

    Those Fenerbahce fans are whistling every time Arsenal get the ball - and they have been busy in the first couple of minutes because the Gunners have had a lot of possession... but their first attack ended when Olivier Giroud ran into a cul-de-sac in the area.

  118.  
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    Gooner, Highbury: "Those crying hypocrisy because Gooners are asking our club to bolster an under strength squad, there is a big difference between a highly profitable club using less than half if its record surplus cash balance, and previously-small clubs making record losses at the same time as they break transfer records because of an injection of funds from a friendly billionaire. Gooners are unhappy that "sustainability" is being used as an excuse for underinvestment in the core asset of a football club, being its team."

  119. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Fenerbahce v Arsenal (1945 BST)

    ... and at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium too. About 50,000 Fenerbahce fans are currently going crackers and nothing has happened yet.

  120. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea v Aston Villa (1945 BST)

    We are under way at Stamford Bridge...

  121.  
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    Benjamin Taylor: "Following the Chelsea game from Philadelphia, USA. Come on you Blues."

    Stuart Robertson: "Very concerned Arsenal fan, at work in New York, following the game on BBC text commentary, hoping my boss doesn't catch me!!!!"

  122. 1943: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1945 BST)

    No fancy theme tunes at Stamford Bridge. Just handshakes and high fives. Kick-off is very close in west London too.

  123. 1942: 
    Fenerbahce v Arsenal (1945 BST)

    Here come the teams in Istanbul, and it turns out they get the Champions League theme tune played before kick-off in the play-off round too.

  124.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "The Turkish fans make more noise than anywhere else I have played and it seems they are keeping that up tonight."

  125. 1940: 
    Fenerbahce v Arsenal (1945 BST)
    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

    Here's a shot of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium tonight. He looks a bit worried, doesn't he? I get the feeling a LOT of Gunners fans are feeling very nervous too... about five minutes to go until kick-off.

  126. 1935: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1945 BST)

    A few people have voiced the theory that last season's 8-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge was a coming of age moment for Aston Villa's young side. I guess we will find out a bit more about that tonight.

    For the record, six of the team that started that day last December are in Paul Lambert's starting XI tonight: Brad Guzan, Ciaran Clark, Andy Weimann, Ashley Westwood, Christian Benteke and Matthew Lowton.

  127. 1932: 
    Fenerbahce v Arsenal (1945 BST)

    I will bring you a picture of Fenerbahce's former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles as soon as I find one, but I will try to warn you first.

    Meireles has gone for a mohican/beard combo which gives him an even more alarming appearance than normal. For him, that is saying something. He only loses marks in the terrifying stakes because no hair dye is involved this time.

  128. 1926: 
    Fenerbahce v Arsenal (1945 BST)
    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

    No beating about the bush from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. He says this game is "the most important" of his side's season.

    "We fought very hard last season to be in the top four and the game has a vital importance," Wenger said. "To be part of the top level, for us, is the most important. All the rest are the consequences of it. It will be a very hot atmosphere as it always is in Turkey. You always have an opportunity to show your personality."

  129.   
    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "Promises have been made about money being spent and it is becoming very frustrating for the Arsenal faithful. The club came out early on in the summer and said there was money to spend and that raised expectations. Added to that Tottenham have almost taking the mickey with the amount of money they have been spending.

    "The question needs to be asked, were the targets realistic? Was the signing of Luis Suarez possible? It feels that, in the 12 days left, they need to bring in players to lift the excitement levels. They have not done anything for a number of years and now the chequebook has to come out."

  130.  
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Aston Villa (1945 BST)

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Ba. Subs: Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, van Ginkel , Lukaku, Schwarzer, Azpilicueta.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Bennett, Okore, Bacuna, Helenius, Steer, Sylla, Tonev.

    Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  131.  
    LINE-UPS- Fenerbahce v Arsenal (1945 BST)

    Fenerbahce: Demirel, Irtegun, Yobo, Bruno Alves, Kadlec, Topal, Meireles, Emre, Sow, Webo, Kuyt. Subs: Gunok, Korkmaz, Baroni, Potuk, Emenike, Gonul, Erkin.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Rosicky, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Giroud, Walcott. Subs: Fabianski, Podolski, Monreal, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Gnabry.

    Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

  132.  
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    YNWA Mamush: "Getting out of Champions League is a blessing in disguise for this thin Arsenal team."

    Mark Weston: "Any Arsenal fan who thinks it would be good for us to drop out of the CL at this stage is an idiot. We can get the win tonight."

    saikat nandy: "Wish to forget all about the first day loss. Come on Gunners."

  133. 1921: 

    So, not much riding on tonight for Arsenal then.

    Just their entire season and chances of bringing world class players to the club...

  134. 1919: 

    To agree with Pete in Wirral and add to what I said at 1906, even if Arsenal do still spend heavily then who is going to want to come to the Emirates Stadium without the lure of Champions League football. I think we can forget about Liverpool's Luis Suarez for a start...

  135.  
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    Stu: "Funny to see so many Arsenal fans clamouring for money to be spent, after a decade spent criticising Chelsea for doing the same!"

    Pete in Wirral: "How much does it damage Arsenals chances of making late signings if they're in danger of missing out on Champions League? Massive game."

    James in Harrogate: "So if Arsenal lose the tie (which I think they will) and Fenerbahce get thrown out of the competition do Arsenal get the place even though they lost?"

  136. 1918: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1945 BST)
    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

    I bring bad news for Aston Villa. Jose Mourinho wants his side to produce the same intensity tonight that they did in the first half against Hull City on Sunday, only maintain that high level for longer. "If we do that, we destroy an opponent," Mourinho said.

    "We want to win matches, but what I like is that when you have the chance to destroy to beat them by three, four, or five, we have to do it. If someone has the chance to do it to you, they will not forgive you, they will give you nothing.

    "If someone feels that they can do it to us they will do it - when you are in trouble, they smash you - so if we have the chance to do it, we have to do it. That is football."

  137.  
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    AZTrucker: "From Phoenix, AZ USA. Football is supposed to be watched and enjoyed, except for Arsenal fans it seems."

    Matt Letts: "Keeping up to date on Aston Villal vs Chelsea via BBC Football all the way in Ploiesti, Romania."

  138. 1914: 
    Fenerbahce v Arsenal (1945 BST)

    There are four former Premier League players in Fenerbahce's starting line-up with former Newcastle midfielder Emre captaining a side that also includes Joseph Yobo, Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles. Volkan Demirel comes in for Mert Gunok while Pierre Webo replaces Emmanuel Emenike after a 3-2 defeat to Konyaspor in the league on Saturday.

    Arsenal make just one change to the team that lost to Aston Villa and it is forced on manager Arsene Wenger by injury. Santi Cazorla replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the starting XI, with the England international facing three months on the sidelines with knee ligament damage. Full-back Nacho Monreal takes Cazorla's place on the bench.

  139.  
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    Uzaifa Raja: "No Torres does this mean he is out of #CFC Also the fact that Jose said they are looking for a striker in the transfer window."

    Owain Jones: "Romelu on the bench AGAIN. If Jose loses the PL it'll be because he wants to rotate three strikers all season. #NoCanDo #Lukaku."

    Liam Stokes: "Did Lukaku tread on Mourinho's hamster or something? Thought he had a great preseason."

  140. 1912: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1945 BST)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho makes two changes to the side that ensured he enjoyed a winning return to the Premier League against Hull. With matches against Bayern Munich and Manchester United to come, the Portuguese takes the opportunity to reintroduce playmaker Juan Mata - who had been struggling with a thigh injury - to his starting line-up at the expense of Kevin De Bruyne, while Demba Ba replaces Fernando Torres up front.

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert unsurprisingly makes only one change from the side that claimed a stunning 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday. Defender Nathan Baker was forced off at Emirates Stadium with a twisted ankle, and then substitute Ciaran Clark steps up to replace him from the start.

  141.  
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    Praha: "Despite the fact Fenerbahce might get thrown out of the CL, Arsenal need a result to boost morale."

    Chris in Portsmouth: "Going forward Arsenal are capable of scoring against any side in Europe. However at the back we have not strengthened since that awful day at Old Trafford. Not qualifying for the group stages will turn this bad start into a crisis no doubt."

    Rich: "I still have faith in Arsene and this Arsenal squad. Fundamentally the same team that finished strongly last season. 1-3 Arsenal tonight."

  142. 1912: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1945 BST)
    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert on following up his side's impressive weekend win at Arsenal with another victory in London: "Saturday has gone and you have to look to the one coming up against Chelsea, who are probably one of the favourites to win the title.

    "We'll give it a go, like we did on Saturday. All you can ask is that we go down and give a good account of ourselves.

    "It's hard to get results against these teams at the best of times but when you're doing it back-to-back, against Arsenal and Chelsea, it makes it even harder. But they're ready for it, confidence is really high after what happened at Arsenal and we'll go down there and give it a right go."

  143. 1909:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Martin Keown in Istanbul

    "I think it is a relief for Arsene Wenger for this game to come round after the weekend defeat and all the talk of players who haven't come in. Arsenal will want to get their reputation back on track after their defeat to Aston Villa. Their pride will be hurt.

    "They started well against Villa with Jack Wilshere pulling the strings. It threatened to be a good performance, but when they conceded they just froze and they could not cope with Gabriel Agbonlahor's pace. Those are the sort of matches that they have to be winning if they are to be contenders."

  144. 1906: 

    Just on the back of that last comment by James Lavender. Arsenal say - well, they have actually practically shouted it - that they have lots of money to spend but will they still break the bank if they do not make the lucrative group stage (worth at least £25m) and find themselves in the backwaters of the Europa League instead?

    On the up side, at least they will have north London neighbours Tottenham there to keep them company...

  145.  
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    James Lavender: "Crashing out of the Champions League will be the only way to really show how far downhill we've gone! Big transfers are a must!"

    Andy Brown: "Exiting the Champions League at this stage may be the best thing that could happen to Arsenal!"

    Micky PX: "Sad to see Frimpong on the bench. Arsenal need a midfielder who relishes a tackle. I'd like to see how Frimpong's progressed."

  146. 1904: 

    As Phil the Gooner mentions below, Fenerbahce have not exactly had perfect preparation for tonight's tie, unless you count being thrown out of Europe and only being allowed to play this tie because they are waiting on the result of their appeal as perfect preparation... and I don't.

  147.  
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    Matt in Luton: "A bad start wouldn't be too much of a crisis if you could use the excuse "our new signings need a bit of time to gel with the team" Mr Wenger has no such luxury and its his own fault."

    Phil the Gooner in Hatfield: "I don't know what everyone is worrying about - Fenerbahce will be thrown out next week. It's a no lose situation for Sir Arsene Wenger."

    Rahul, a disgruntled but quietly confident Gooner: "Very unhappy at current state of affairs at the Emirates, but we usually deliver in matches like this with our backs against the wall. Arsenal to win tonight."

  148. 1902: 

    I'm going to give Gunners fans some good news - I think they need it.

    Here goes: Arsenal have come through all five of their previous Champions League play-off ties, with a combined aggregate score of 24-3.

    They might need to win by that scoreline tonight to take the pressure of Arsene Wenger though...

  149.  

    Liam in Stockport: "Although I do feel Arsenal's season will soon turn into a disaster, just have a funny feeling they will get a result here tonight. 2-1 Arsenal."

    Jethro: "Villa's last victory was great, but the game before their 8-0 thrashing was a 3-1 away win against Liverpool. Food for thought."

  150. 1857: 
    BREAKING NEWS- Fenerbahce v Arsenal (1945 BST)

    Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla all start for Arsenal in Istanbul.

  151.  
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    James William Dingle: "In all honesty, this Arsenal team is good enough to get a result tonight. The bench is another matter."

    Tunde Akere: "Wenger has a way of bullying smaller teams in Europe, he may have his way tonight too as usual. The players can ensure that."

    Freddie Ping: "Arsenal still have to be heavy favourites for the tie, the weekends result is being blown well out of proportion."

  152. 1857: 
    BREAKING NEWS- Chelsea v Aston Villa (1945 BST)

    Chelsea make two changes from the team that beat Hull on Sunday, with Demba Ba replacing Fernando Torres up front and Juan Mata in for Kevin De Bruyne in midfield.

    Just one change for Aston Villa - Ciaran Clark replaces Nathan Baker, who picked up a twisted ankle at the Emirates Stadium.

  153. 1854: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    Aside from the Fenerbahce v Arsenal clash, there are four other Champions League play-off matches taking place around Europe.

    Dinamo Zagreb host Austria Vienna, while Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad will be hoping to make their first appearance in the group stages as they take on regulars FC Basel.

    German giants Schalke 04 entertain PAOK Salonika, who have former Sunderland, Stoke and Portsmouth midfielder Liam Lawrence in their ranks and 1985/86 champions Steaua Bucharest play Legia Warsaw.

  154.  
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    Andrew Priestley: "Fenerbahce away is one of the toughest, most hostile places you can visit, & their team is very strong too. Dangerous game."

    Chris C Kampamba: "Wenger's got something up his sleeve but he won't let it out until the last minute so as to keep player price within his budget."

    Paul Thompson: "Fenerbahce's fate really should've been decided by now. If Arsenal lose the tie, there's a chance they'll go through anyway!"

  155. 1849: 
    GET INVOLVED

    And I also want to know how you are feeling. Yes, YOU.

    Arsenal fans, are you confident of keeping up that extraordinary Champions League record of reaching the group stage every season since 1997/98?

    Villa fans, back in London for the second time in five days, how optimistic are of you of causing another upset, and how far has your team come on since that 8-0 defeat last time you were at Chelsea.

    Chelsea fans, do you feel invincible under Jose Mourinho? Will it be another win for him tonight?

    Tweet me, using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text in via 81111. Put your names on those texts, though, otherwise it's the Europa League for you...

  156. 1845: 
    GET INVOLVED

    If you are off to the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Stamford Bridge or anywhere else tonight, I want to see your pictures of your journey - from the moment you don your lucky scarf to when you arrive at the stadium. Tweet them to us using the hashtag #bbcfootball

  157. 1843: 
    Chelsea v Aston Villa (1945 BST)

    It's not all about the Champions League tonight, though, because we have got a rescheduled Premier League game to look forward too as well.

    Chelsea's European Super Cup tie with Bayern Munich on 30 August means their game with Aston Villa has been moved forward, giving Villa an earlier-than-expected chance to avenge, or at least improve upon, the 8-0 tonking they got at Stamford Bridge last season. Arsenal could probably warn Jose Mourinho's boys that it might not be so easy this time...

  158. 1838: 
    Fenerbahce v Arsenal (1945 BST)

    It is only a few years since English teams went to Turkey fearing the reception they would get from fans - remember Manchester United's trip 'to hell' in the Champions League in 1993?

    In contrast, Istanbul has probably been a chance for Arsene Wenger to leave his troubles at home - he might get a scarier welcome from his own supporters in the return leg next Tuesday.

  159. 1833: 
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    We might find out the answer later. Arsenal are in Turkey to take on Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Champions League play-off, looking to reach the group stage for a 16th consecutive season.

    They cannot be eliminated tonight but, with Gunners fans already seething after Saturday's home defeat by Aston Villa and another summer devoid of significant signings, defeat is unlikely to improve their mood.

    I can't find any pictures of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wearing a flak jacket, but he will definitely need one - and a tin hat too - if things go badly tonight.

  160. 1830: 

    Evening all. I've got a quick question for you to kick things off: How quickly does it take for a bad start to the season to turn into a fully-fledged crisis?

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