Arsenal Run Riot Again, but Can They Finish the Job This Time?

Benjamin RogersAnalyst IOctober 22, 2008

Let me start by saying...WOW!

Another great performance in Europe by the Gunners. No team has beaten Fenerbahce at home for nearly three years and last night Arsenal went out and made it look easy.

To start the the match in the way they did was great and it killed Fenerbahce's spirit early on.

Adebayor was put through by Nasri and finished the move with a shot into the bottom right-hand corner. Moments later Arsenal went two up after some great foot work from Theo Walcott to take it around the keeper and drive it home.

Almunia made some great stops in the Arsenal goal. Silvestre's own goal was the only disappointment in an otherwise imperious first half display, and it didn't take Arsenal long to score their next goal. Diaby scored to regain a two-goal lead.

Song put Arsenal 4-1 up after the break before Guiza gave the home side a life-line to make it 4-2. In the dying seconds of the game Ramsey struck a dragged shot off the post and in to make the final score 5-2 to Arsenal.

After the game, Theo Walcott admitted that the toughness of playing in such a one-sided arena made the win all the sweeter, and he praised the all-round performance of Arsene Wenger’s team.

"It is a very difficult place to come, the fans get behind them but everyone got our jobs right tonight and it was just a brilliant performance by everyone,” he told ITV4 after the game."

Walcott added: "Everyone is just flying. We are playing brilliant football and scoring plenty of goals from all sorts of positions. People are coming off the bench and scoring goals and it just shows how strong our squad is."

Abou Diaby, who scored Arsenal’s second, had a great performance in midfield and up front, echoed his fellow player's comments: “To come here and play is never easy. Tonight we did very well.”

Arsenal have gained seven points from three games so far in this campaign.

The best players of the game for me were:

Arsenal: Almunia, Wallcott, Fabregas, Diaby, Nasri, Adebayor, and Ramsey

Fenerbahce: Alex, Guiza, and Yilmaz

So, another great night in Europe for Arsenal, but my question to everyone is can they carry on producing great results and finally win the Champions League?

It seems every year Arsenal get mind-blowing results against Europe's finest clubs. Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Real Madrid are among the giants that have fallen to the Gunners both home and away.

Arsenal always seem to fall at the final hurdle and never in the club's history have they capitalised on their momentum and gone on to win the title. However, I have a theory on how they may be able to win the Champions League and how they haven't already.

My theory on the winning of the Champions League is all in the team's status in the Premier League.

In the past two Champions League wins for Liverpool, their Premier League campaigns were not so great and they have had to settle for third or fourth.

It seems that their desperate bid of qualifying for the Champions League by finishing only third and fourth in a long tough season has spilled over to the Champions League, and they have had themselves some great European nights.

It looks of late that Arsenal are in the same boat, because they too are struggling to catch United and Chelsea. In their bid to catch them, could their momentum take Arsenal that final step and help them win the Champions League?

We all know that Arsenal have great enthusiasm and spirit. With that never say die attitude plus the momentum, could this finally be the year for Arsenal?

Mikael Silvestre has set his sights on the Champions League final. Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, he said: "We are looking to guarantee that we finish top of this group as early as possible so that we can get ready for the next step.

"Our aim is to play the kind of football that can take us to the final.

"It was not easy to come here with a good atmosphere against us and I think we coped not too bad with the experienced players we played against,” he said.

"It was a good game to improve and learn from. Hopefully we can get some consistency."

Silvestre admits it was less of a role-model job for him at United because they have Rio Ferdinand, Neville, and Vidic as the big shouters. He said: "At United, I didn't have to shout that much to guide my partners. It is a responsibility, but when I signed for Arsenal I accepted it straight away.”

Can Arsenal use his experience and the attitude of the younger players to finally propel themselves into the Champions League history books?

I guess we will have to wait and see.

As always if you agree or disagree with me then please feel free to leave a comment as I always enjoy getting feedback.

As always, hope you enjoy the article.


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