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UEFA Champions League

Tuesday, 9 December 2014,

Galatasaray
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Arsenal
  • Kickoff: 20:45 BST
  • Stadium: Türk Telekom Arena
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Türk Telekom Arena
  • Attendance: 20,590
  • 88' Wesley Sneijder
  • 3' Lukas Podolski
  • 11' Aaron Ramsey
  • 29' Aaron Ramsey
  • 91' Lukas Podolski

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Manager Arsene Wenger has called on everyone to judge Arsenal at the end of the season - not just when emotions are running high in the disappointment of defeat.

The Gunners headed to Istanbul on Monday looking to quickly get over the Barclays Premier League loss at Stoke, where they had trailed 3-0 at half-time having gone behind after just 19 seconds on another afternoon to forget at the Britannia Stadium.

Wenger was later jeered and subjected to some aggressive personal abuse as the players boarded the train back to London.

However, the 65-year-old insists everyone must take a distance on current issues, with Arsenal having left several senior men such as Alexis Sanchez back in London and travelled to Turkey to face Galatasaray with half-a-dozen youngsters for the final Champions League Group D tie, the team already qualified for the last 16.

''Look, the response after a defeat is always very important. What we want is to come back quickly to a strong defensive performance, what we had before the game (on Saturday),'' said Wenger, whose side are sixth in the Premier League table.

''We showed a lack of experience defensively (at Stoke), but we could have scored four or five goals in this game and the team response during this game was quite strong.

''For the rest, you expect that everyone is disappointed after that result, but the Premier League is difficult.

''We want to be judged at the end of the season, not after every single game where it is normal that emotion is always very high, so let us get our stability back defensively and see at the end of the season where we are.''

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy returns from three-months out with an ankle injury, while Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers will also play. Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell will lead the attack.

Wenger added: ''The players who needed it stayed behind - like Cazorla, Sanchez, Gibbs - Giroud is not qualified - and Welbeck, who could have travelled but recently had a little knee problem, so took advantage of that to rest him.

''Sanchez had a groin problem for some time, and he has played 27 games.... it is more just the number of repetitive games we have.''

Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzaoglu is aiming to stay positive against Premier League opposition.

``Our goal will not just stop our opponent. We want to find the opportunity to test ourselves at this level,'' he said.

``We'll try to pressure Arsenal up front and not let them get up the field easily.

``If Arsenal react well to our pressing, then we'll be strong in the defence and aim for a counter-attack.''

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91'+2

End Regular Time

91'+2

Second Half ends, Galatasaray 1, Arsenal 4.

91'+1

1 - 4

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) Goal at 92'

91'+1

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 92'

91'+1

Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal) Free Kick at 92'

91'+1

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

91'

Attempt missed. Olcan Adin (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hamit Altintop.

91'

Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 91'

91'

Yasin Oztekin (Galatasaray) Throw In at 91'

90'

Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal) Throw In at 90'

88'

1 - 3

Goal! Galatasaray 1, Arsenal 3. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

87'

Handball

87'

Hand ball by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

87'

Attempt blocked. Emre Colak (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86'

Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) Throw In at 86'

86'

Attempt saved. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86'

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85'

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

84'

Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) Throw In at 84'

83'

Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal) Throw In at 83'

82'

Hakan Kadir Balta (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 82'

81'

Hakan Balta (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79'

Attempt missed. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Emre Colak.

79'

Emre Colak (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 79'

79'

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Umut Bulut.

79'

Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 79'

79'

Alex Telles (Galatasaray) Throw In at 79'

78'

Olcan Adin (Galatasaray) Throw In at 78'

78'

Sinan Bolat (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 77'

77'

Semih Kaya (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 77'

77'

Substitution, Galatasaray. Olcan Adin replaces Bruma.

77'

Substitution, Arsenal. Stefan O'Connor replaces Mathieu Debuchy.

74'

Attempt missed. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yasin Öztekin.

74'

Yasin Oztekin (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 74'

73'

Alex Telles (Galatasaray) Throw In at 73'

72'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Semih Kaya.

72'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 72'

71'

Alex Telles (Galatasaray) Throw In at 71'

68'

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

67'

Attempt missed. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66'

Bruma (Galatasaray) Corner Kick at 66'

66'

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

66'

Attempt blocked. Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

66'

Attempt blocked. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65'

Lukas Podolski

65'

Mathieu Debuchy

65'

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64'

Alex Telles (Galatasaray) Throw In at 64'

63'

Attempt missed. Bruma (Galatasaray) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Umut Bulut.

63'

Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 63'

63'

Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) Throw In at 63'

62'

Attempt saved. Yasin Öztekin (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

62'

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 61'

60'

Attempt saved. Yasin Öztekin (Galatasaray) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Felipe Melo.

60'

Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 60'

60'

Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) Throw In at 60'

60'

Yasin Oztekin (Galatasaray) Throw In at 59'

59'

Bruma (Galatasaray) Corner Kick at 59'

59'

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

58'

Semih Kaya (Galatasaray) Blocked Pass at 58'

57'

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) Free Kick at 57'

57'

Semih Kaya

57'

Foul by Semih Kaya (Galatasaray).

56'

Attempt blocked. Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruma.

56'

Bruma (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 56'

56'

Alex Telles (Galatasaray) Throw In at 56'

56'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 56'

55'

Yasin Oztekin (Galatasaray) Blocked Pass at 55'

55'

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 55'

55'

Semih Kaya (Galatasaray) Blocked Pass at 55'

54'

Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) Throw In at 54'

53'

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emre Colak.

53'

Emre Colak (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 53'

52'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 52'

51'

Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 51'

50'

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50'

Hakan Kadir Balta (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 50'

50'

Offside, Arsenal. Wojciech Szczesny tries a through ball, but Yaya Sanogo is caught offside.

49'

Attempt missed. Yasin Öztekin (Galatasaray) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Felipe Melo.

49'

Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 49'

48'

Attempt saved. Hamit Altintop (Galatasaray) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bruma.

48'

Bruma (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 48'

47'

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 47'

47'

Handball

47'

Hand ball by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal).

47'

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 47'

47'

Alex Telles (Galatasaray) Throw In at 47'

47'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Free Kick at 47'

47'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46'

Substitution, Galatasaray. Yasin Öztekin replaces Burak Yilmaz.

46'

Substitution, Galatasaray. Hamit Altintop replaces Tarik Camdal.

46'

Substitution, Arsenal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaces Aaron Ramsey.

46'

Start 2nd Half

46'

Substitution, Arsenal. Gedion Zelalem replaces Mathieu Flamini.

46'+1

First Half ends, Galatasaray 0, Arsenal 3.

45'

Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) Throw In at 45'

44'

Semih Kaya (Galatasaray) Blocked Pass at 44'

43'

Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo following a set piece situation.

43'

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 43'

43'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 43'

43'

Tarik Camdal

43'

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42'

Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 42'

42'

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

42'

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Felipe Melo.

42'

Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 42'

42'

Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) Blocked Pass at 42'

41'

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

41'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sinan Bolat.

41'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 41'

41'

Attempt saved. Joel Campbell (Arsenal) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey with a through ball.

41'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 41'

40'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 40'

40'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 40'

39'

Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39'

Attempt missed. Bruma (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

39'

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 38'

38'

Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 38'

38'

Foul by Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal).

38'

Hakan Kadir Balta (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 38'

38'

Hakan Balta (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38'

Attempt missed. Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder with a cross.

38'

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 38'

36'

Emre Colak (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 36'

36'

Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36'

Attempt missed. Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

35'

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

34'

Sinan Bolat (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 34'

34'

Sinan Bolat (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34'

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

34'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 34'

34'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 34'

33'

Felipe Melo

33'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33'

Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) Blocked Pass at 33'

32'

Attempt missed. Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Umut Bulut.

32'

Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 32'

32'

Alex Telles (Galatasaray) Throw In at 32'

31'

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 31'

31'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Free Kick at 31'

31'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30'

Attempt missed. Emre Colak (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tarik Camdal.

30'

Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 30'

29'

0 - 3

Goal! Galatasaray 0, Arsenal 3. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a corner.

28'

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 28'

28'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Sinan Bolat.

28'

Attempt saved. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

28'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 27'

27'

Attempt missed. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joel Campbell with a cross following a corner.

27'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 27'

26'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 26'

26'

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Alex Telles.

26'

Attempt blocked. Joel Campbell (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

26'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 26'

26'

Hakan Kadir Balta (Galatasaray) Blocked Pass at 26'

25'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 25'

25'

Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) Throw In at 25'

24'

Sinan Bolat (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 24'

24'

Offside, Arsenal. Lukas Podolski tries a through ball, but Héctor Bellerín is caught offside.

23'

Attempt saved. Emre Colak (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Burak Yilmaz.

23'

Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 23'

22'

Attempt blocked. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Campbell.

22'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 22'

22'

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Burak Yilmaz with a headed pass.

22'

Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 22'

22'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Throw In at 22'

21'

Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) Throw In at 21'

21'

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 21'

21'

Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) Throw In at 21'

21'

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 21'

21'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Free Kick at 21'

20'

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20'

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

20'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 20'

19'

Attempt missed. Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bruma following a corner.

19'

Bruma (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 19'

18'

Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 18'

18'

Hakan Kadir Balta (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 18'

18'

Offside, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Mathieu Debuchy is caught offside.

17'

Attempt missed. Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

17'

Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 17'

16'

Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 16'

15'

Mathieu Flamini

15'

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

15'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 15'

14'

Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) Throw In at 14'

12'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 12'

11'

0 - 2

Goal! Galatasaray 0, Arsenal 2. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following a fast break.

11'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 11'

9'

Attempt saved. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Burak Yilmaz.

9'

Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 9'

9'

Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) Throw In at 9'

8'

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 8'

8'

Alex Telles (Galatasaray) Throw In at 8'

7'

Attempt missed. Hakan Balta (Galatasaray) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

7'

Attempt blocked. Alex Telles (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7'

Corner, Galatasaray. Conceded by Mathieu Flamini.

7'

Emre Colak (Galatasaray) Corner Kick at 7'

7'

Attempt blocked. Emre Colak (Galatasaray) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Umut Bulut.

7'

Umut Bulut (Galatasaray) Assists Shot at 7'

6'

Tarik Camdal (Galatasaray) Throw In at 6'

6'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) Free Kick at 6'

5'

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4'

Sinan Bolat (Galatasaray) Free Kick at 4'

4'

Semih Kaya (Galatasaray) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3'

0 - 1

Goal! Galatasaray 0, Arsenal 1. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

3'

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 3'

2'

Alex Telles (Galatasaray) Throw In at 2'

1'

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) Free Kick at 1'

1'

Foul by Emre Colak (Galatasaray).

1'

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 1'

1'

Kickoff

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Possession

52%
48%
  • Galatasaray
  • Arsenal

Shots

32
13

Shots on target

7
6

Fouls

10
15

Corners

5
4

Yellow Cards

3
3

Red Cards

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Head to Head

Galatasaray1 - 4Arsenal
Arsenal4 - 1Galatasaray

Galatasaray

  • 38Sinan Bolat
  • 22Hakan Kadir Balta
  • 26Semih Kaya
  • 77Tarik Camdal
  • -> Hamit Altintop
  • 13Alex Telles
  • 10Wesley Sneijder
  • 11Bruma
  • -> Olcan Adin
  • 9Umut Bulut
  • 17Burak Yilmaz
  • -> Yasin Oztekin
  • 52Emre Colak
  • 3Felipe Melo
  • Subs
  • 67Eray Iscan
  • 88Veysel Sari
  • 35Yekta Kurtulus
  • 20Furkan Ozcal

Arsenal

  • 1Wojciech Szczesny
  • 2Mathieu Debuchy
  • -> Stefan O'Connor
  • 21Calum Chambers
  • 39Hector Bellerin
  • 4Per Mertesacker
  • 15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 16Aaron Ramsey
  • -> Gideon Zelalem
  • 22Yaya Sanogo
  • 28Joel Campbell
  • 20Mathieu Flamini
  • -> Ainsley Maitland-Niles
  • 9Lukas Podolski
  • Subs
  • 26Emiliano Martinez
  • 45Alex Iwobi
  • 38Chuba Akpom
  • 47Glen Kamara

Arsenal ease to victory over Galatasaray as Ramsey nets stunner

Arsenal produced the perfect response to silence their critics with a 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray in Istanbul, where Aaron Ramsey scored one of the goals of the season.

Arsene Wenger had come in for abuse from the London club's own supporters in the aftermath of Saturday's disappointing 3-2 defeat at Stoke, which left them sixth in the Premier League.

However, there was no European hangover as despite leaving several key players such as Alexis Sanchez back in London, the Gunners, who had already qualified for the knockout stages, romped to a comfortable victory, but still had to settle for runners-up spot in Group D behind Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal had raced into the lead after just two minutes when Lukas Podolski crashed the ball into the top left corner.

Galatasaray defender Hakan Balta missed a great chance to equalise when he stabbed the ball wide from six yards.

Ramsey made it 2-0 on 11 minutes with a neat finish after a quick break from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Podolski lashed another fierce shot against the crossbar, before Ramsey netted a superb half-volley from all of 30 yards which was applauded by the home supporters.

The second half was a much-more subdued affair, with Arsenal looking to counter after soaking up plenty of pressure with Per Mertesacker blocking a goal-bound shot from Umut Bulut on 65 minutes before Wesley Sneijder clipped home a late 20-yard free-kick.

Podolski grabbed a fourth on the break deep into stoppage time.

Arsenal will now regroup ahead of the knockout stages in mid-February, by which time Wenger could well have several of his injured stars fighting fit again to take on Europe's best.

Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy returned following three months out, while Wenger named a bench with an average age of just over 18, handing an opportunity to fringe players such as Podolksi, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell.

It took German forward Podolski some 122 seconds to prove his point, as he lashed an angled drive the ball past Sinan Bolat from just inside the penalty area.

Galatasaray, who sacked Cesare Prandelli following four successive Champions League defeats, looked to quickly respond, the fans who had bothered to turn out at the Turk Telekom Arena did their best to lift the home side.

Hakan Balta dragged his shot wide from six yards after a corner was not properly cleared, and Arsenal then doubled their lead on 11 minutes.

Tarik Camdal looked to have been tripped by a back-tracking Podolski, but Spanish refree David Borbalan waved play on.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was onto the loose ball in a flash, driving forwards to the edge of the Galatasaray area before slipping in Ramsey, who stroked in a low finish to the far corner.

Podolski was inches away from cracking in a third when another fierce left-foot effort cannoned off the top of the crossbar after more good work from the busy Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal continued to look dangerous on the break, with Ramsey, Sanogo and Campbell all failing to find a killer touch in the box, before Bolat turned a drive from Podolski behind.

The Galatasaray keeper, however, could do little to prevent a third Arsenal goal on 29 minutes when Ramsey lashed the ball into the top right of the net after a corner was headed clear.

With the match already over as a contest, to their credit the hosts looked to press again.

Umut Bulut glanced a header wide, before at the other end Campbell skipped clear and his angled shot was touched across the face of goal by the keeper.

Wenger decided to give the youngsters a taste of Champions League football for the second half.

German 17-year-old Gedion Zelalem replaced Mathieu Flamini, and teenager Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for Ramsey.

The tempo of the match dropped, with Arsenal content to soak up plenty of pressure and look to counter.

On 65 minutes, stand-in Arsenal captain Mertesacker - castigated by pundit Jamie Carragher for 'abandoning ship' in the defeat at Stoke - produced a brave block to throw his body in the way of Bulut's close-range effort.

Galatasaray had a consolation with two minutes left when Dutchman Sneijder whipped a free-kick up over the wall into the top-left corner, but there was still time for Podolski to slot in a fourth for Arsenal on the break with what was the last kick of the match.

Arsenal, who blew a 3-0 lead at home to Anderlecht on matchday four, will now await their last 16 opponents in the draw - when the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris St Germain and defending champions Bayern Munich could all yet come out of the top seed pot.




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