EPL: Arsenal are no more top guns

EPL: Arsenal are no more top guns
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (L) vies with Fenerbahce's Turkish defender Egemen Korkmaz (R) during the UEFA Champions League Play-Off second leg football match at The Emirates Stadium in north London on August 27, 2013. Arsenal won the first leg 3-0 in Turkey.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAY-OFF, SECOND LEG

ARSENAL 2

(Aaron Ramsey 25, 72)

FENERBAHCE 0

Arsenal win 5-0 on aggregate

Arsenal have secured Champions League qualification for the 16th consecutive year, but if they slip up on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur, all the positive headlines of the past seven days will be forgotten in an instant.

This is the most important North London Derby in Arsene Wenger's career and Arsenal do not look in good shape for this Premiership fight.

Tottenham are in excellent form, with two wins from their opening two fixtures, but their real strength is the atmosphere around the club.

Most teams would have been broadsided by the loss of a player like Gareth Bale, but Spurs have reacted perfectly.

By spending the money before they've received it, they've made sure that the squad haven't suffered in the opening weeks of the season.

Lessons have clearly been learnt from the Dimitar Berbatov saga of 2008.

Yesterday, Roma confirmed they will sell Argentina forward Erik Lamela to Spurs for 30 million euros ($51.5m), although it's highly unlikely he'll be available on Sunday.

With or without him, Andre Villas-Boas will fancy his chances at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have responded to their opening-day defeat to Aston Vill in the best possible fashion.

Fenerbahce were crushed without too much effort and a cathartic 3-1 victory in the rain at Fulham last weekend eased the tension around the club.

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