Arsenal silence critics with first win of the season!

Arsenal were looking to redeem themselves when they visited Turkey to play against Fenerbahce on Wednesday. And that is what they rightly did after 90 minutes of football. They gunned down three goals in the Fenerbahce goal thus silencing their critics!

Welshman Aaron Ramsey made his mark the second time on his visit to the Sukru Saracoglu. The last time being the injury time goal in for the Gunners in a routing of the Turkish team which ended in Arsenal winning 5-2.

The game was definitely going to be a treat, but nobody said it was ever going to be a one-sided goal fest after Arsenal dominated the first half which literally left me on the edge of my seat because I was expecting a goal from them at any moment from then in the match.

Arsenal were going about doing their job right from the word go! Several attempts were made on goal in the early minutes of the game with Walcott and Wilshere who pierced through the Fenerbahce defense at regular intervals.

Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel was kept on his toes by the Arsenal forward line and was almost breached when Fenerbahce goalkeeper dive full length to save Giroud’s header which came a little wide off the post.

At the half hour mark Laurent Koscielny was hit unintentionally in the face by Pierre Webo which saw another Arsenal player being added to the injury list. The injury saw Carl Jenkinson come on as a right back as Sagna assisted captain Mertesacker in central defense to guard the Arsenal goal.

The only real attempt from Fenerbahce was a shot by Ex-Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt which went above the post. He wasn’t in the best of his form too.

The second half saw Arsenal come out with a purpose to fulfill and within six minutes of the second half fine gameplay from Ramsey saw him put the ball to Walcott who put in a low cross who netted it home for the Gunners, it didn’t seem like he had an injury at all, only till he removed the tape from his brow after some rigorous celebration 😀

On the hour mark, Ramsey went about doing his work and pierced the defense with low shot into the goal which saw the Fenerbahce almost get to it but not just enough yet!

The job was done but not yet, Arsenal had more in store for the Turkish club after hardly any real efforts from them to spoil the day for Arsenal.

The Arsenal defense had done their job till an unmarked Sow who could cause enough damage was left to have an attempt at the goal in the form of a header which went above the crossbar and put Arsenal in a safer position than they were two minutes back.

Arsenal saw Giroud net in their third goal from a penalty after Walcott was dropped in the box by defender Michael Kadlec which saw Arsenal seal a much deserved victory in time.

Szczesny made a fine saves at the end from Kuyt’s shot and Emmanuel Emenike’s final attempt to secure Arsenal’s first clean sheet.

Arsenal deserved to win! And that’s how they silenced their critics.

Wenger is on an all time high saying now is when the real time starts for Arsenal to pick the right players before the transfer market closes for the season.


Arsenal vs Fenerbahce: Who will win?

Many may say Arsenal are in a tough position to win tomorrow after Saturday’s loss to fellow EPL team Aston Villa. But they do not know that the Gunners have a record of making a comeback very often than most people expect; and they will be riding on the same winning spirit when they meet Fenerbahce tomorrow at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Turkey.

The Turkish side is confident of win against the English side that they consider defensively weak and that is what they are counting on; but at the same time they know that Arsene Wenger’s team have more to offer as they have a strong offense and good as well as accurate gameplay which should definitely not be taken for granted.

The fact that the English side are not playing their best football in recent times is what makes the Turkish side confident of welcoming the Gunners on their home turf tomorrow.

Both the sides have their problems before going into the game. Fenerbahce are embroiled in a match fixing controversy  and the English side has a never ending injury list of which a few will come off handy in the away game that they will play tomorrow. They will be looking to redeem themselves and enter in the Group stages of the Champions League for the 16th time in the history of football.

It will not be easy for Arsenal as the Turkish team boasts of ex-EPL players like Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles and experienced Portuguese defender Bruno Alves. Their key threat though will be Senegalese International Moussa Sow who scored 19 goals of 53 games last season having a successful Super Lig.

Arsenal will miss the presence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but will see the return of Monreal. They will go out all guns blazing but it is important for them to play their best against the Turkish side as they are also playing at home and the Turks will look for the English side to falter in the game only to build on the opportunity.

The last time Arsenal played in Turkey they won 5-2 with the Turks and they will looking to continue from where they left  even after Saturday’s loss at the Emirates. It will be interesting to see how the Gunners play against a confident Turkish side who will be playing at home.

Will Arsenal win the match against Fenerbahce? Or will the Turkish side grant the Gunners their second loss of the season?

What do you’ll think?

Arsenal suffer first defeat of the season

A win was written all over the match between Arsenal and Aston Villa. The pundits said it too! But alas, it wasn’t to be that way at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Aston Villa had another plan for sure.

It was worse for me as I could listen to only audio and see no video. But within a few minutes without the need for visuals I had my hands flailing because Oliver Giroud had put in the goal within the first six minutes of the match.

I was sure that Arsenal would take this home but also unsure after remembering games from last season where they weren’t able to capitalise on their initial goals and defend them after that.

After passing Koscielny and putting the ball towards Arsenal keeper Szczesny, Agbonlahor was brought down by the Polish keeper and Aston Villa was awarded a penalty. Benteke of Aston Villa took the penalty only to miss it in the first attempt but took it on the rebound to give Aston Villa the equaliser.

Arsenal had made their first mistake of the season and Szczesny conceding his first goal of the season.

The Gunners were level at half time and look like they could make a comeback after several attempts from Englishman Walcott.

Second half saw Arsenal start on a good note as usual. But several attempts from Walcott, Giroud and Rosicky to score a goal failed and Arsenal were left scrambling for the ball.

A breathtaking effort from Villa’s Fabian Delph saw Szczesny get a scare in the middle of the second half but it hit the left post to safety.

Arsenal lapse in the midfield from Cazorla saw him lose the ball only to give Agbonlahor another chance at the goal. He moved forward using his agility but was met by Frenchman Laurent Koscielny who looked like he got the ball but was seen differently by the referee and he was awarded a card by the referee.

Another challenge in a few minutes by Koscielny on Wiemann saw him get a red card. The crowd were letting out their anger and the stadium was in an uproar. They felt both the decisions were against the home side but they were given a deaf year by the referee Anthony Taylor.

Arsenal were staring right into defeat after losing a man like that!

After several last attempts from Rosicky and Cazorla could not find the back of the net for the Gunners.

With four minutes left, Luna raced in to bury the third goal in the back of the net and see a final nail in the coffin for Wenger and his team and for the people at Emirates.

Following the match, Wenger was faced by rants from the angry crowd over no signings this season.

But being an Arsenal supporter I would saying it was just another game where the team let themselves down but they will be back with a bang!

Next game with Fenerbache on Wednesday for a Champions League spot will see whether Arsenal have worked on their negatives and are able to produce a stunner.

Arsenal are winning it with style for me on Wednesday. What do you think after Saturday’s game?