An Aaron Ramsey’s brace helped Arsenal secure the UEFA Champions League group stage participation for the sixteenth successive time against Fenerbahce.
Prior to Tuesday night’s Emirate encounter, ‘The Gunner’ maintained a 3-0 lead after the first leg in Turkey and then increased scores when Ramsey finished from close range after Lukas Podolski’s through ball was deflected in the 25th minute.
Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike came close to equalising for the visitors before the break but his shot at goal was tipped onto the post by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Eighteen minutes from full-time, Ramsey grabbed his second goal of the night, finishing off a fine move down the left, then volleying into the bottom corner to ensure Arsenal’s name would be placed in the pot on Thursday when UEFA conducts its group stage draw.
The victory could also mean a sigh of relieve to European football governing body, who are yet to make a decision on a possible scenario, in which the Court of Arbitration for Sports (Cas) upholds Fenerbahce’s two-year European ban after being found guilty of match-fixing.
Their appeal will be heard by the Cas today (Wednesday)