Aaron Ramsey helped Arsenal get back to winning ways in sublime fashion as they eased to a 4-1 UEFA Champions League win at Galatasaray.
Last Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of Stoke City ramped up the pressure on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, but the London club responded in the right manner with a comfortable victory at the Turk Telecom Arena.
Wenger named a host of academy products on the bench and was able to give some of those youngsters a run out after Ramsey’s first-half double put Tuesday’s Group D encounter beyond any doubt.
Ramsey set up Lukas Podolski for Arsenal’s opener in the second minute and then doubled their lead in the 11th minute with a cool finish.
The midfielder capped a display of superb quality with a remarkable second, his magnificent long-range strike in the 29th minute the highlight of a game that marked Gala’s last in a disastrous European campaign.
Wesley Sneijder grabbed a consolation for the group’s bottom side before Podolski netted his second, as Arsenal had to settle for second place by virtue of Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw with Anderlecht.
Arsenal looked determined to atone for last weekend’s setback from the first whistle and Podolski quickly broke the deadlock in fine fashion by firing into Sinan Bolat’s top-right
Juventus 0 – 0 Atletico Madrid
Olympiakos 4 – 2 Malmo FF
Liverpool 1 – 1 Basel
Real Madrid 4 – 0 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Benfica 0 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen
Monaco 2 – 0 Zenit St. Petersburg
Borussia Dortmund 1 – 1 Anderlecht
Galatasaray 1 – 4 Arsenal