Champions League - Group D
Galatasaray1Arsenal4

Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal celebrate
Aaron Ramsey's second goal was a contender for goal of the season

Arsenal hammered an abject Galatasaray side but could not claim top spot in Group D as Borussia Dortmund avoided defeat in their final group game.

The Gunners - criticised for defeat at Stoke on Saturday - responded with three goals inside 30 minutes, Lukas Podolski powering an opener.

Aaron Ramsey slotted a second and added a stunning left-footed 35-yard volley.

Wesley Sneijder hit a free-kick consolation before Podolski rolled a second with the final kick of the game.

It was fitting that Podolski, impressive throughout, ended the night by netting his third goal of the season with a powerful run but light finish.

He has only started six times in Arsenal's faltering league campaign but led from the front as Wenger's side delivered the response he asked for after defeat against the Potters.

Criticism of the Frenchman and his side has at times been stinging this season and though their hosts registered 32 attempts on goal at the Turk Telekom Arena, Arsenal's dominance was visible.

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Arsenal - sixth in the Premier League - eased off after the interval and counted on captain Per Mertesacker to produce a superb goal-line block to deny Umut Bulut from four yards.

The German defender, captain on the night, completed 96% of his passes, a figure only bettered by Mathieu Flamini who completed all of his passes before being withdrawn at half-time as Wenger kept half an eye on the visit of Newcastle on Saturday.

Indeed, Wenger had introduced three debutants in Stefan O'Connor, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Gedion Zelalem by the time Wesley Sneijder whipped in a powerful free-kick from 18 yards with a minute remaining.

The effort flew past Wojciech Szczesny - who handled efforts well on his return from a four-game absence - but Podolski ended proceedings with a flourish, passing the ball into the net from 10 yards.

Arsenal's bench, with an average age of 18, perhaps underlined that Wenger believed Dortmund would not falter in their final group game against Anderlecht and the Germans duly played out a 1-1 draw which sees them sit top.

They will perhaps look at Monday's draw with an air of trepidation having been handed ties with Bayern Munich at the last-16 stage for finishing second in their group in each of the last two seasons.

Wenger may also now further rue what proved to be a decisive loss of a three-goal lead to Anderlecht earlier in the group stage but he can at least be pleased with an emphatic response to harsh criticism.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "When he took the shot I thought that was maybe not the best idea, but the way he took it, it flew in.

"The goals he is scoring is linked to his performances at the moment and that certainly helps his confidence to score goals like that.

"We won four games, lost one and had one draw. Looking back, we can maybe regret that point at home to Anderlecht.

"There's some great teams in the draw for the last 16 and we need to wait and see who we get."

Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski's opener was just his second goal of the season and arrived with a typically powerful left-foot shot
Empty seats at Galatasaray
The usual intense atmosphere at Galatasaray was absent as the home side could not move off bottom in the group
Arsenal celebrate
Arsenal's players ran to congratulate Aaron Ramsey after his left-footed strike from distance caught everyone by susprise
Wesley Sneijder scores
Wesley Sneijder's goal arrived too late to have any impact but was of superb quality.

Line-ups

Galatasaray

  • 38Bolat
  • 77CamdalBooked at 43minsSubstituted forAltintopat 45'minutes
  • 26KayaBooked at 57mins
  • 22Balta
  • 13Telles
  • 11Na BangnaSubstituted forAdinat 77'minutes
  • 3Felipe MeloBooked at 33mins
  • 52Colak
  • 10Sneijder
  • 17YilmazSubstituted forOztekinat 45'minutes
  • 9Bulut

Substitutes

  • 4Altintop
  • 20Ozcal
  • 23Oztekin
  • 29Adin
  • 35Kurtulus
  • 67Iscan
  • 88Sari

Arsenal

  • 1Szczesny
  • 2DebuchyBooked at 65minsSubstituted forO'Connorat 77'minutes
  • 21Chambers
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 39Bellerin
  • 16RamseySubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 45'minutes
  • 20FlaminiBooked at 15minsSubstituted forZelalemat 45'minutes
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 28Campbell
  • 22Sanogo
  • 9PodolskiBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 26Martinez
  • 35Zelalem
  • 38Akpom
  • 45Iwobi
  • 47Kamara
  • 70Maitland-Niles
  • 73O'Connor
Referee:
David Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
20,590

Match Stats

Home TeamGalatasarayAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home32
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Galatasaray 1, Arsenal 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Galatasaray 1, Arsenal 4.

Goal!

Goal! Galatasaray 1, Arsenal 4. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

Foul by Alex Telles (Galatasaray).

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Olcan Adin (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hamit Altintop.

Goal!

Goal! Galatasaray 1, Arsenal 3. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Hand ball by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

Attempt blocked. Emre Colak (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joel Campbell (Arsenal).

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

Hakan Balta (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal).

Attempt missed. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Emre Colak.

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Umut Bulut.

Semih Kaya (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal).

Substitution

Substitution, Galatasaray. Olcan Adin replaces Bruma.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Stefan O'Connor replaces Mathieu Debuchy.

Attempt missed. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yasin Öztekin.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Semih Kaya.

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

Attempt blocked. Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

Attempt missed. Bruma (Galatasaray) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Umut Bulut.

Attempt saved. Yasin Öztekin (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

Attempt saved. Yasin Öztekin (Galatasaray) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Felipe Melo.

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Booking

Semih Kaya (Galatasaray) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Semih Kaya (Galatasaray).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruma.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid64111431113
2Juventus631274310
3Olympiakos63031013-39
4Malmö FF6105415-113

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17
3Liverpool612359-45
4Ludogorets6114514-94

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco632141311
2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27
4Benfica612326-45

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund64111441013
2Arsenal6411158713
3Anderlecht6132810-26
4Galatasaray6015419-151

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich5401134912
2Roma5122812-45
3CSKA Moscow5122610-45
4Man City512278-15

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG541094513
2Barcelona5401124812
3Ajax5023410-62
4Apoel Nicosia501418-71

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea53201421211
2Sporting521211927
3Schalke5122814-65
4NK Maribor5032412-83

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto54101531213
2Shakhtar Donetsk5221143118
3Ath Bilbao511336-34
4BATE Borisov5104222-203
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