Aug 27, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
2-0
Fenerbahce
Ramsey (25', 72')
Mertesacker (35'), Ramey (70')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Korkmaz (29'), Emenike (55'), Meireles (78'), Gonul (88')

Thomas Vermaelen: 'Arsenal belong in Champions League'

Thomas Vermaelen claims that Arsenal belong in the Champions League ahead of their playoff second leg against Fenerbahce.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has claimed that the club belongs in the Champions League ahead of their playoff second leg against Fenerbahce.

The Gunners are on the verge of qualifying for the tournament for the 16th consecutive year after beating the Turks 3-0 away in the first leg last week.

"It is really important to us," Vermaelen told the club's official website. "The club belongs there, as you can see from the number of times we have qualified, and for players there is nothing better than to compete in it.

"It's the highest level of the sport, and the place you want to be when you're a young kid. So it's vital to see things through, and I am confident in our team."

Vermaelen will miss Wednesday's match against Fenerbahce as he recovers from a back injury.

Arsenal's players celebrate their goal against Fenerbahce during their UEFA Champions League Play Off first leg match at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on August 21, 2013
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