fenerbahce vs arsenal   Leave a comment


Arsene wenger’s men will be travelling to turkey after the shocking loss to Aston villa in the premier league curtain raiser at the emirate on saturday.
Fenerbahce SK will be looking to end
Arsenal FC’s long run of seasons in
the UEFA Champions League when the
sides meet in the first leg of their
play-off in Istanbul:
1997/98 campaign was the last
time Arsenal did not feature in
Europe’s elite club competition but to
secure a 16th consecutive campaign,
they must get past a side
fresh from a 4-2 aggregate triumph
over FC Salzburg in the third
qualifying round.

• Arsenal were 5-2 winners when
they last visited the Sükrü Saraçoglu
Stadium in the 2008/09 UEFA
Champions League group stage – a
result that ended Fenerbahçe’s 15-
match unbeaten home run in Europe.
• Luis Aragonés’s Fenerbahçe
restored some pride in the return
fixture a fortnight later by earning a
goalless draw.
• Arsenal also got the better of a
Fenerbahçe team coached by Ersoy
Sükrü in the first round of the
1979/80 European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Terry Neill’s side – who went on to
reach the final – won 2-0 at home
through Alan Sunderland (30) and
Willie Young (87) before a goalless
draw in Istanbul.
Match background
• League runners-up in Turkey last
term, Fenerbahçe are bidding to
return to the group stage for the first
time since that 2008/09 campaign.
They missed out on a sixth
appearance 12 months ago, suffering
a play-off defeat by FC Spartak
Moskva, but instead reached their
first ever European semi-final in the
UEFA Europa League before losing to
SL Benfica.
• In seven home games in last
season’s UEFA Europa League,
Fenerbahçe posted four wins, two
draws and just one defeat.
• Fenerbahçe came up against
Premier League opposition in the
2007/08 UEFA Champions League
quarter-finals, beating Chelsea FC
2-1 at home but losing 2-0 in the
second leg in London. Their overall
home record against English sides is
W3 D1 L3.
• Fenerbahçe’s only two-legged win
against an English team was a 2-1
aggregate success against
Manchester City FC in the 1968/69
European Champion Clubs’ Cup first
round.
• Fourth in the English Premier
League last term, Arsenal have a
100% record in UEFA Champions
League qualifiers, winning both legs
as they overcame each of NK Dinamo
Zagreb (2006/07, agg 5-1), AC Sparta
Praha (2007/08, agg 5-0), FC Twente
(2008/09, agg 6-0), Celtic FC (2009/10,
agg 5-1) and Udinese Calcio (2011/12,
agg 3-1).
All eyes will be on arsenal as to who and who will be selected to play as we are short in all departments apart from attack and goal keeping.
Will a thin Arsenal squad get a win over fenerbahce only time will tell.

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Posted August 18, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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