Arsenal established a commanding lead after the first leg of their Champions League qualification play-off as they saw off a poor Fenerbahce in Istanbul.

After losing 3-1 in their league opener to Aston Villa, a goalless first half raised tensions among the visitors.

But Kieran Gibbs tapped in Theo Walcott's cross before Aaron Ramsey's 20-yard shot slipped by Volkan Demirel.

Olivier Giroud converted a penalty after Michal Kadlec's foul on Walcott to seal a morale-boosting win.

The home defeat by Villa, combined with the club's inability to add to the summer signing of 20-year-old Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre, had brought unseasonably early pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

Analysis

"There is work to be done in the final third. Arsenal need more midfielders going to be the extra man the attack.

"In our day we had Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira who sat in and that meant that others could join the attack. Now they have three in midfield and so they are a man light at the top of the team. That is the balance that they need to find if they are going to win anything this season.

"Arsenal also clearly need to sign a centre forward for because at the moment they do not have an option in behind. Everything goes into the feet of Olivier Giroud. He is a good targetman but he does not offer his team-mates to put the ball into space."

But, while fans' demands for activity in the transfer market will be fuelled by an injury to Laurent Koscielny, their fears of being left without Champions League group-stage football were dispelled by a strong second-half performance.

Even if Fenerbache produce a surprise four-goal winning margin in the second leg in London on Tuesday, the Turkish side may not take their place in the group stages.

The Court of Arbitration in Sport will decide the day after the return leg if they will be expelled from the competition and begin a two-year ban for match-fixing.

As it is, the severity of centre-back Koscielny's injury, suffered when a stray boot from Pierre Webo forced him off with a bloodied face, is likely to be the most pressing concern for Wenger.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere had already shaken off an early knock, before full-back Bacary Sagna was forced to fill in after Koscielny went off, revealing the lack of depth to the Gunners' squad.

It was the notable incident of a first half in which Fenerbahce allowed Arsenal plenty of possession, but the visitors could only craft a couple of brief glimpses of goal for Walcott.

Arsenal looked much more incisive after the break though and Ramsey's telling pass in behind the hosts' defence created the opener.

Walcott latched on to the ball before sending a low cross fizzing across Demirel's goal which a sliding Gibbs did well to turn in shortly after the restart.

Ramsey's shot shortly after was less precisely-placed, but its power sent it squirming through Demirel's gloves.

Those goals combined with Fenerbahce's toothless attack had taken the sting out of a boisterous atmosphere, and Moussa Sow wasted a rare chance to restore the decibel level as he headed over from former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles's cross.

Instead, after Wilshere had blazed over after a mazy run, a tiring Kadlec bundled into the back of Walcott to allow Giroud to slot home from the spot and surely put the tie beyond the Istanbul side.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Fenerbahce

  • 01 Demirel
  • 04 Irtegun (Gonul - 46' )
  • 06 Yobo
  • 22 Alves Booked
  • 24 Kadlec Booked
  • 05 Topal
  • 14 Meireles (Potuk - 82' )
  • 25 Emre
  • 07 Sow
  • 09 Webo Booked (Emenike - 62' )
  • 11 Kuyt

Substitutes

  • 23 Gunok
  • 02 Korkmaz
  • 77 Gonul
  • 16 Cristian
  • 26 Potuk
  • 88 Erkin
  • 29 Emenike

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny Booked
  • 03 Sagna
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny (Jenkinson - 33' )
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 14 Walcott (Monreal - 87' )
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 12 Giroud (Podolski - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Fabianski
  • 17 Monreal
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 26 Frimpong
  • 44 Gnabry
  • 09 Podolski
  • 22 Sanogo
Ref: Rocchi
Att: 50,500

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

3 9

Corners

3 5

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:21 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:00

Carl Jenkinson takes a shot. Volkan Demirel turns it away with a finger tip save.

90:00 +0:02

Corner taken by Belozoglu Emre. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.

89:37

Emmanuel Emenike takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny parries the effort to safety.

87:25

Corner taken short by Santi Cazorla.

87:13

The ball is crossed by Carl Jenkinson. Joseph Yobo makes a clearance.

85:51

Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

85:51 Substitution

Substitution Nacho Monreal on for Theo Walcott.

85:51

The referee blows for offside.

85:40

Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross.

84:10

Gokhan Gonul sends in a cross. Header by Emmanuel Emenike goes over the bar.

83:33

Emmanuel Emenike fouled by Santi Cazorla, the ref awards a free kick. Gokhan Gonul restarts play with the free kick.

82:45

Theo Walcott concedes a free kick for a foul on Michal Kadlec. Eduardo Bruno Alves restarts play with the free kick.

82:05

Shot by Michal Kadlec. Wojciech Szczesny parries the ball away.

81:09 Substitution

Substitution Raul Meireles leaves the field to be replaced by Alper Potuk.

81:09 Substitution

Substitution Lukas Podolski is brought on as a substitute for Olivier Giroud.

79:29

The referee blows for offside. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

78:58

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Volkan Demirel fumbles the ball.

76:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Olivier Giroud - Fenerbahce 0 - 3 Arsenal Penalty taken left-footed by Olivier Giroud and scored. Fenerbahce 0-3 Arsenal.

75:44 Booking

Booking

75:27

Michal Kadlec gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. The referee shows Michal Kadlec a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

74:29 Booking

Booking

74:29

Wojciech Szczesny is shown a yellow card.

74:08

Shot by Raul Meireles went wide of the left-hand upright.

73:35

Theo Walcott takes a shot.

72:01

The offside flag is raised against Dirk Kuyt. Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.

70:18

Moussa Sow takes a shot and cleared the net.

69:30

Shot by Emmanuel Emenike went wide right of the target.

67:15

Moussa Sow is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

67:03

A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles.

66:52

The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt. Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.

65:07 Booking

Booking

64:44

Corner from the right by-line taken by Raul Meireles. Free kick awarded for a foul by Eduardo Bruno Alves on Per Mertesacker. Eduardo Bruno Alves is cautioned. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

64:31

Moussa Sow takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.

63:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Ramsey - Fenerbahce 0 - 2 Arsenal Aaron Ramsey scores with a right foot finish. Fenerbahce 0-2 Arsenal.

62:23

Eduardo Bruno Alves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Santi Cazorla. Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.

61:45 Substitution

Substitution Emmanuel Emenike joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pierre Webo.

61:25

Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Volkan Demirel parries the effort to safety.

60:03

Centre by Carl Jenkinson. Volkan Demirel catches the ball.

58:13

Pierre Webo takes a weak shot and missed to the right of the target.

57:49

Gokhan Gonul delivers the ball. Aaron Ramsey manages to make a clearance.

57:40

Centre by Gokhan Gonul. Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

57:21

Olivier Giroud is ruled offside. Eduardo Bruno Alves restarts play with the free kick.

55:46

The ball is crossed by Carl Jenkinson. Joseph Yobo manages to make a clearance.

54:10

Moussa Sow challenges Wojciech Szczesny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

53:24

Eduardo Bruno Alves fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Eduardo Bruno Alves restarts play with the free kick.

52:55

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Volkan Demirel blocks the ball.

50:39

Assist on the goal came from Theo Walcott.

50:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Kieran Gibbs - Fenerbahce 0 - 1 Arsenal Kieran Gibbs grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Fenerbahce 0-1 Arsenal.

50:37

The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott.

49:52

Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball. Gokhan Gonul gets a block in.

48:37

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot.

47:20

Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the right by-line.

47:06

Carl Jenkinson crosses the ball. Eduardo Bruno Alves gets a block in.

46:07

Foul by Mehmet Topal on Tomas Rosicky, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Bekir Irtegun goes off and Gokhan Gonul comes on.

45:00 +2:59 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:52

Olivier Giroud takes a shot.

44:26

Centre by Kieran Gibbs. Dirk Kuyt gets a block in.

42:41

Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.

42:23

Centre by Carl Jenkinson. Volkan Demirel safely holds on.

42:08

The ball is swung over by Tomas Rosicky. Joseph Yobo makes a clearance.

41:50

Centre by Tomas Rosicky. Eduardo Bruno Alves manages to make a clearance.

40:53

Centre by Mehmet Topal. Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

40:34

Michal Kadlec delivers the ball. Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

40:04

The ball is delivered by Jack Wilshere. Volkan Demirel safely holds on.

39:29

Carl Jenkinson produces a cross. Joseph Yobo makes a clearance.

39:08

Dirk Kuyt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.

36:52

Theo Walcott crosses the ball. Joseph Yobo makes a clearance.

36:07

Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the right by-line. Clearance made by Mehmet Topal.

29:50 Booking

Booking

29:41

Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.

29:41 Substitution

Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Carl Jenkinson coming on for Laurent Koscielny.

29:41

Foul by Pierre Webo on Laurent Koscielny, free kick awarded. Pierre Webo receives a caution.

28:36

Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Eduardo Bruno Alves gets a block in.

25:23

Unfair challenge on Pierre Webo by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick. Belozoglu Emre crosses the ball in from the free kick. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.

24:19

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

23:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Santi Cazorla by Bekir Irtegun. Santi Cazorla restarts play with the free kick.

23:01

The offside flag is raised against Moussa Sow. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

22:19

Bekir Irtegun delivers the ball.

21:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Belozoglu Emre. Free kick taken by Mehmet Topal.

21:10

Corner taken by Belozoglu Emre from the left by-line.

20:54

Michal Kadlec sends in a cross. Blocked by Bacary Sagna.

18:24

The ball is sent over by Tomas Rosicky. Header by Olivier Giroud misses left.

16:55

Santi Cazorla has an effort at goal. Blocked by Bekir Irtegun.

16:11

Olivier Giroud is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joseph Yobo restarts play with the free kick.

13:44

Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the left by-line. Clearance made by Michal Kadlec.

13:32

Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross. Blocked by Bekir Irtegun.

10:12

Michal Kadlec produces a cross. Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

8:33

Dirk Kuyt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

7:35

Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bekir Irtegun. Mehmet Topal restarts play with the free kick.

5:08

The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott. Clearance by Eduardo Bruno Alves.

4:40

Corner from the right by-line taken by Theo Walcott. Clearance by Pierre Webo.

4:27

The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott. Blocked by Joseph Yobo.

3:58

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Eduardo Bruno Alves.

2:54

Per Mertesacker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pierre Webo. Free kick taken by Belozoglu Emre.

1:58

Pierre Webo crosses the ball dead.

1:15

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna. Volkan Demirel safely holds on.

0:31

Dirk Kuyt challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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