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Proactive Attitude Earns Arsenal 3-0 Victory Says Wenger

posted 21 Aug 2013, 16:32 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 16:33 ]

Arsenal hammer Fenerbahce 3-0 in Europa League playoff.

 ISTANBULTURKEY (AUGUST 21, 2013)(REUTERS) -  Arsenal outclassed Fenerbahce 3-0 in Istanbul to take control of theirChampions League playoff tie as the five home teams failed to muster a win between them in Wednesday's (August 21) first leg matches.

Schalke 04 were held 1-1 at home by Greek side PAOK, Egyptian 21-year-old Mohamed Salah scored twice to lead FC Basel to a 4-2 win at Ludogorets Razgad and Austria Vienna, who have never reached the group stage, won 2-0 at 10-manDinamo Zagreb.

Dinamo had substitute Ante Rukavina sent off by referee Howard Webb for a dangerous challenge on an opponent less than one minute after coming on to the field.

Arsenal travelled to Turkey under a cloud and with questions over manager Arsene Wenger's lack of activity in the transfer market after opening their Premier Leaguecampaign with a 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday.

But they proved far too strong for a poor Fenerbahce side and, although they had nothing to show for their dominance in the first half, the goals flowed after the break.

"We played in a very very heated atmosphere against a good team," Wenger told reporters after the match. "But we had a pro-active attitude from the first minute on and that's certainly was very important tonight. We didn't come in shaky but we came in resolute and determined and with the desire to get the game to them, and of all we were in control. "

"Our technical quality I think was very important tonight," Wenger said. "The fact that we can go away and keep possession of the ball. Certainly that was very very important and as you underlined the quality of our midfield was vital tonight"

Kieran Gibbs turned in Theo Walcott's low cross in the 51st minute before Aaron Ramsey scored with a 20-metre shot which eluded keeper Volkan Demiral and Oliver Giroud completed the scoring with a penalty.

Fenerbahce coach Ersen Yanal said afterwards: "We were defeated by a strong team. Fenerbahce should make more efforts. It should learn to play high-tempo football."

Fenerbahce were banned from the European competition over a domestic match-fixing case but re-admitted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) pending an appeal.

The decision is due to be announced by CAS on Aug. 28, one day after the second leg when the Turkish side will almost certainly be out of the competition in any case.