Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike was given a yellow card yesterday while featuring for Fenabahce in their 2-0 loss to Arsenal.
The match was the second leg of the European Champions League play-off series. Arsenal had won the first leg played last week by 3-0 ensuring a comfortable qualification with a 5-0 aggregate win.
Aarom Ramsey’s two goals secured Arsenal a comfortable qualification to this year’s Champions League for the 16th year in a row.
His first goal was scored in the 25th minute and the visitors went close to equalising on the night before the break when Emenike bore down on goal after giving Sagna the slip, but Szczesny pulled off a superb stop.
Eighteen minutes from the end, Ramsey finished off a fine move down the left, volleying into the bottom corner to ensure Arsenal’s name will be in the Champions League draw on Thursday once again.
Following their opening-day defeat by Aston Villa, this was Arsenal’s third successive victory and, ahead of hosting north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday, it will have injected fresh confidence into an occasionally fragile side.
European governing body Uefa may also breathe a sigh of relief since the result avoided a potentially awkward scenario where Fenerbahce could have progressed despite facing the prospect of a two-year European ban after being found guilty of match-fixing.
Their appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday.