I know that there have been quite a few Turkish sides buying up some stars (or ex-traitors) from the Premier League, but you simply have to admire the front of Besiktas who have openly admitted that they tried to lure our own half-Turkish star Mesut Ozil from Arsenal.
I know all Arsenal fans are excited about the arrival of Petr Cech, but as Bob pointed out earlier, David Ospina must be the unluckiest Arsenal player ever.
It now seems very likely that Arsenal will progress to the Champions League Group stages for the 15th time in a row after we were paired with Besiktas from Turkey in the play-off round, although there were certainly easier teams in the draw!
I am one of the many fans that have been calling for Arsenal to loosen up the purse strings in order to persuade Bacary Sagna to sign a new contract and stay at the Emirates stadium for a few more years. They have upped their offer, apparently, to around £75,000 a week and increased the length of the contract, but it seems like it is not enough.
Arsenal vs Fenerbahce match report and Infographic by Matt
Our friends over at AllArsenal.com have compiled another in depth match report on last night’s crucial win over the Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce at the Emirates, with statistics, quotes and all sorts of interesting little things for us Gooners to enjoy.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Fenerbahce, it’s time to break the bank! by KJ
Wenger started a very strong line-up against Fenerbahce and thanks to two Aaron Ramsey goals, Arsenal are in the Champions league group stage for the 16th consecutive season.
Arsenal vs Fenerbahce preview, line up and score line by Kash
It’s surprising how calm I’m coming into this game (and I’m definitely not alone). We are 3-0 with the away goals in the bag and we pretty much have shown to Fenerbahce that there is a huge gulf between the two teams both technically and physically. However, I sure hope the players don’t have similar thoughts as complacency could destroy all that good work in the first leg.
A positive attitude can take you a long way by NC
An Arsenal team tired from a very recent game, booed by their own fans and battered by the media won a difficult and very far away game. Please keep in mind Man United’s performances away from home at such places. However, United are boss at home, like every big club should be. If only Arsenal could boast of that…