Fenerbahce 0 Arsenal 3: We dominated, delcares Theo Walcott
Fenerbahce 0 Arsenal 3: Theo Walcott reflects on a "dominant" display after helping Gunners to an impressive win in Turkey
Theo Walcott reflected on a “dominant” performance after helping Arsenal bounce back from their opening-day defeat with an impressive victory against Fenerbahce in their Champions League play-off first leg.
After a goal-less first half, Kieran Gibbs gave Arsenal the lead in the 51st minute when he tapped home Walcott’s low cross following good work by Aaron Ramsey.
Ramsey 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.
“I felt like we dominated the tempo of the game in the centre of the park,” Walcott told Sky Sports after the win.
“I felt if we kept on going with that high intensity, we’d get a goal – and we managed to do that. Three great goals and it’s a great result going back to the Emirates on Tuesday night.”
He continued: “It’s nice and comfortable but we’ve got to be professional on Tuesday night. We can’t be complacent. They’re going to want to come and make it up to the fans so we need to be ready for that.”
The victory was Arsenal’s biggest away win in Europe for five years and came four days after the Gunners’ shock 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa in their Premier League opener.
And Ramsey was thrilled to see the north Londoners respond in the best possible fashion ahead of the return leg at The Emirates next Tuesday.
“It wasn’t the ideal start to the Premier League but we bounced back tonight,” said Ramsey. “I thought we played really well as a team.
“We’ve been under a lot of criticism of late so it was vital that we stayed switched on and got a great result here, which we did tonight.”
Reflecting on his own performance, Ramsey added: “I’m feeling really confident at the moment. I’ve overcome my injury now I feel and after a couple of difficult seasons, I’m very happy and hopefully it will continue.”