Galatasaray 1 - 4 Arsenal
Arsenal needed to recover from a thumping at Stoke, and although Galatasaray away isn’t ever ideal, Arsenal started off quite wonderfully.
Arsenal started straight on the front foot, looking to get forward at every possible opportunity. It wasnt long until Lukas Podolski, who is now a ghostly figure amongst Arsenal starting 11, released a rocket like shot from the edge on the box into the roof of the Galatasaray net.
Arsenal looked to have gained a bundle of confidence from their early goal and carried on how they started.
Soon after Podolski’s blinder, Ramsey found himself in front of goal after Oxlade- Chamberain’s fantastic run. The Welshman then showed great composure to tuck the ball away into the far corner with his weaker foot.
25 minutes into the game and arsenal were now in full control, creating chance after chance. One such chance resulted in a corner on the right hand side, which Campbell took. The corner was cleared away to the feet off Ramey, who must have been 30 yards out before he unleashed an astonishing left foot volley that arrowwed into the top left corner.
A great fist half for Arsenal, with signs of Aaron Ramsey being back to his best.
“Wesley Sjneider was able to pull one back for the Turkish side, slamming a brilliant free kick into the top corner.”
Arsene Wenger subbed off Flamini and Ramsey at half time (the former was booked, the latter had a tight hamstring), for youngsters Niles and Zelalem.
It left us a little softer in the middle, but Arsenal managed to hold off a galvanised Galatasaray quite well.
However, Wesley Sjneider was able to pull one back for the Turkish side, slamming a brilliant free kick into the top corner. Other than that though, Arsenal were relatively comfortable at the back.
“It was a nice change from what the fans have had to watch recently…”
With one of the last kicks of the game, Lukas Podolski doubled his tally, as he broke through the defences and slotted home his second of the night.
Arsenal had turned over a decent side away from home, and their performance wasn’t bad either. A nice change from what the fans have had to watch recently.
Arsenal Player Ratings
A faultless and relatively quiet return. The free kick was unsaveable.
Had a positive game at centre back, repelled a range of Galatasaray attacks.
Looked so much more solid tonight. Made a particularly great block in the second half.
Out of position at left back, but the spaniard did well.
Worked hard, got forward, and make several good tackles. Tired towards the end of his night before being subbed, understandably. Great to have him back.
Ramsey: [8.5/10] - MOTM
Made great tackles, and scored two excellent goals. No, make that one excellent goal, and another absolutely stunning goal. His half-volley was a work of art. Man of the match despite only playing forty-five minutes.
Played the first half, made a silly tackle, got booked, got subbed at half time.
The Ox: [8.5/10]
Ran Galatasray ragged at times. Got the assist for Ramsey’s first, and made an array of awesome runs.
Feel for him, because he made a number of good runs when nobody could find him. Showed sparks, but looked frustrated by the end of the match.
Not a great show from Yaya. Passing was poor, movement wan’t great, involvement was limited.
His first goal was another Podolski-esque powerhouse. His second was a neat finish. However, as usual, Podolski was nowhere to be seen outside of the 18-yard-box. Our best finisher by far, but his overall game lacks purpose.
The traffic was going in the other direction in the second half, so Gedion couldn’t really strut his stuff.
Drifted, mostly. Showed one moment of class when he took control of a loose ball situation deep in Arsenal’s half. What a night for the seventeen year old.
Easy In Istanbul
It was great to see Podolski scoring again tonight, but let’s face it, tonight was about Aaron Ramsey.
He didn’t just score two great goals, he also looked solid defensively, and made a number of lovely passes and crosses. That’s three goals in two games now — let’s hope Aaron’s form is back and here to stay.
Lukas once again proved his worth in front of goal, but also once again proved his worthlessness everywhere else. I like Podolski, and I think he’s one of the best finishers in the game, but his work rate is poor, and he’s a passenger when the other team have possession.
Defensively we looked good too. Mertesacker upped his game, and Debuchy looks as assured as ever. It’s like he never missed a game.
An enjoyable match. Now let’s build on it.