Fenerbahce 2-5 Arsenal
Arsenal went to Turkey and turned in a five star performance with an emphatic victory over Fenerbahce.
Wenger opted for a five man midfield dropping van Persie in favour of Diaby, but Diaby put in a star performance. After a tepid start, Adebayor was put through and he slid the ball home to give Arsenal the lead. Things got better a minute later when Walcott skipped past a challenge, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home for Arsenal’s second.
Arsenal could have scored more but it was Fenerbahce who scored through an own goal by Silvestre. Arsenal were not going to allow the Turks back into the game and Diaby rounded off a great first half display with a goal.
After the break, Arsenal knew that the next goal was vital, it was fortunate that Arsenal were the next team to score. A free kick was not cleared, the loose ball fell to Song who fired the ball home like a seasoned striker.
Arsenal held onto the ball for the rest of the half, toying with Fenerbahce. Arsenal created several half chances but were unable to add to the score-line. At the back Arsenal played a high-line and were almost punished on several occasions by Guiza. With fifteen minutes to go Guiza broke Arsenal’s offside trap and lobbed the ball over Almunia to pull a goal back.
Arsenal had to play out the last fifteen minutes and this they managed to do. Ramsey had replaced Diaby and was determined to make the most of his opportunity. His chance game when in the dying seconds he joined up with the attack, the ball fell to Eboue who passed to Ramsey, the young Welshman turned hit the ball past the goalkeeper and made the score 5-2.
Overall Arsenal looked dangerous going forward and in midfield. Eboue looked assured at right-back, but the decision to play the offside trap was not very clever and we could have been punished several times had it not been for Almunia. In midfield Diaby showed great skill, strength and composure, it is only a matter of time before he is paired with Fabregas.
Arsenal have scored eight goals in the last two games and there were seven different goal-scorers, this augers well for the future.