Before this seasons meeting in the UEFA Champions League Arsenal have played Fenerbahce just twice, in the first round of the 1979/80 European Cup Winners Cup.

Before the first leg of the tie at Highbury Don Howe, the Arsenal manager, who had coached in Turkey, wrote them off as credible opposition but the reality was different.

Arsenal had to work hard for a 2-0 first leg lead through goals by Alan Sunderland and Willie Young, and needed nerves of steel to play out a goalless draw in the forbidding atmosphere of the Turks' own stadium in Istanbul.

Arsenal progressed all the way to Final of the competition defeating Magdeburg, FK Gothenburg and memorably Juventus before succumbing to Valencia via penalties in the final in Brussels. 

ARSENAL v FENERBAHCE - A COMPLETE RECORD
Played Arsenal wins Draws Fenerbahce wins Goals For Goals Against
2 1 1 0 2 0

ARSENAL v FENERBAHCE - GAME BY GAME
Date Competition Opposition H/A/N W/D/L F A
03-10-1979 European Cup Winners Cup (1R) Fenerbahce A D 0 0
19-09-1979 European Cup Winners Cup (1R) Fenerbahce H W 2 0

Fenerbahce

Arsenal

Fenerbahce 0-0 Arsenal
European Cup Winners Cup, Round 1 (2nd Leg) - October 3, 1979
Attendance
40,000

Arsenal Jennings, Rice, Nelson, Talbot, O'Leary, Young, Brady, Sunderland, Stapleton, Hollins, Rix. 

 

Arsenal

Fenerbahce

Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce
European Cup Winners Cup, Round 1 (1st Leg) - September 19, 1979
Goals
Sunderland, Young (Arsenal)
Attendance 34,973 

Arsenal Jennings, Rice, Nelson, Talbot, O'Leary, Young, Brady, Sunderland, Stapleton, Hollins, Rix.

Fenerbahce Adem, Coskun, Sevki, Cem, Erol, Onder, Ali Kemal, Cemil, Rasit, Mehmet, Yasar. Subs Selcuk, Tuna, Onur, Zafer. 

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