Fenerbahce 0 Arsenal 3: Wenger hails impressive Ramsey
Fenerbahce 0 Arsenal 3: Arsene Wenger reserves special praise for Aaron Ramsey after midfielder helps Gunners to victory
Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for Aaron Ramsey after the midfielder’s impressive display helped Arsenal cruise to victory against Fenerbahce.
After a goal-less first half in the Champions League play-off first leg, Kieran Gibbs gave the Gunners the lead in the 51st minute when he tapped home Theo Walcott’s low cross following good work by Ramsey.
The Wales international then doubled the visitors’ advantage when his low drilled shot found its way past Volkan Demirel, before Olivier Giroud calmly slotted home a penalty after Walcott was clattered to the ground by Michal Kadlec.
Asked about Ramsey’s improving displays, Wenger said: “He has more confidence. He has a stature now in the game, a big presence.
“I’ve always believed in him because he wants to improve, he has that desire. There’s still a lot to come from Aaron because he can still improve and he has great potential.”
The victory was Arsenal’s biggest away win in Europe for five years and was the perfect response after the Gunners’ shock opening-day defeat by Aston Villa.
And Wenger was thrilled with his side’s response in Turkey after the disappointment of Saturday’s 3-1 loss.
“The atmosphere was very heated,” Wenger said. “I think we controlled the game and of course we wanted a great response after the disappointment on Saturday and we got it tonight.
“We now are in a strong position but of course we want to finish the job next Tuesday.”
He added: “You can be a little bid shaky after what happened on Saturday so for us it was very important to start on the front foot. That was vital for us tonight.”