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Arsenal hammer Fenerbahce 3-0 in Champions League playoff

Arsenal hammer Fenerbahce 3-0 in Champions League playoff
Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs celebrates his goal against Fenerbahce. Photo: AP
After an off-season of failed transfer deals, Gunners silence critics with high-class win
Published: August 22, 6:37 AM
Updated: August 22, 6:45 AM

GENEVA (AP) — Arsenal answered its early-season critics with a high-class 3-0 win at Fenerbahce in a Champions League playoff first-leg match yesterday (Aug 21).

Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored in the second half to face down a noisy crowd in Istanbul, plus hostile media and Gunners fans at home after an off-season of failed transfer deals for the cash-rich club.

Under-fire manager Arsene Wenger now looks all but certain to lead his team into the Champions League group stage for the 16th straight season after the return match next Tuesday. AP