I’m pretty sure that had Laurent Koscielny put his boot up to stop a forward and kick him in the head, he’d have seen a straight red card!
Pierre Webo should have been off in my opinion but it was our defender who had to depart. A few stitches and then a trip to the hospital to check for no broken bones. Fingers crossed there is no serious damage.
We needed to sign a defender before that incident, we certainly need to now…. If not two but it’s the strikers making the papers again today as we are linked to Karim Benzema. Apparently, Arsene Wenger hopes they might be willing to sell the 25 year old in order to fund the deal for Gareth Bale. Winger Di Maria is also linked with us as The daily express believe a double raid on Real Madrid is imminent.
Wojciech Szczesny was another player on the receiving end of a nasty tackle, he was left with stud marks around his neck, courtesy of Moussa Sow. That foul went unpunished and Bruno Alves was lucky to receive just a caution after elbowing Per Mertesacker…
Not a good night on the injury front but a very good night on the pitch otherwise, especially the second half.
No-one can deny Fenerbache were awful in the first half. They couldn’t string a pass together and gifted the ball to us on many many occasions. As usual we tried to pass the ball into the net and it just wasn’t happening for us. Too much faffing around in and just around the penalty area was letting us down.
0-0 at half-time, we really had to come out and find the net…
And we did, in some style too.
Fenerbache had just had a golden opportunity to take the lead after Ramsey had been robbed by Dick Kite, he blasted his shot towards goal, well, more like twenty yards over the top of goal really…
Within moments we were ahead.
Aaron Ramsey had possession just outside the box, he played an inch perfect pass through the defence for Theo Walcott. He then passed another inch perfect pass across the box to Kieran Gibbs who fired home…. A stunning goal and no more than we deserved..
Walcott could have added a second shortly after but was denied by Demirel but it wasn’t too long before the second came.
I think the goalkeeper will be disappointed he didn’t do better for our second, I’d be disappointed if Szczesny had let this one in but, if you don’t try from distance, you get nothing and we don’t do this often enough so credit to Ramsey. The Welshman had made a run through the centre, smelt the goal and let loose his shot from over twenty yards. Demirel got a hand to it but could only help the ball into the bottom left side of the goal. 2-0
Fenerbahce came to life a bit then but no-one could find a away past Szczesny.
Giroud made it 3-0 with a penalty after Theo was bundled over in the area. That was about the only thing the Frenchman got right last night….
At times, we looked good, especially in the second half and Ramsey didn’t give up all night.. Jenkinson didn’t really put a foot wrong when he came on, neither did Sagna when he was asked to switch central. Up front though and especially in the first half we were awful, in particular Giroud.
We need a top class striker, a class player to plug the gap in the middle of the pitch which was again exposed last night and a central defender. I still think we need a world class keeper too although some may disagree having seen Szczesny play well last night. If he always played like that my view would be different but he doesn’t.
A good night, a great result and an extra £30 million nearly in the bank…
Now go and spend it Arsene!!
Talking of which, Wenger said:
The transfer market starts for me now and a lot of activity will happen between now and September 2nd.
BBC Sport reckon he’s about to spend £100 million……
Now then, where did that pig land…..
Have a good day all,…….