Arsenal ease in to the Champions League group stage

Arsenal booked their place in the Champions League group stage after easing past Fenerbache in the play-offs.

Goals either side of half time from Aaron Ramsey secured a 2-0 win at the Emirates last night, and 5-0 on aggregate against the Turkish side, who this morning were handed a two-year ban from European competition for their involvement in match-fixing.

Arsene Wenger’s men will now go in to the hat for Thursday’s draw – the sixteenth consecutive season which they have made this stage of Europe’s top competition.

Elsewhere, Gunners target Geoffrey Kondogbia has confirmed that he is leaving Sevillia after agreeing to buy out his contract, Sky Sports understands.

The midfielder, who has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid has a buyout of £17.2m which has now been met, allowing him to find a new club.

Meanwhile, if you removed the decimal point from Kondogbia’s buy out, you will have the extraordinary figure that Arsenal will need to pay to secure the services of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, according to his agent.

The Metro have quotedMino Raiola as saying that the former Manchester United man is worth “twice as much as (Gareth) Bale”, who is on the verge of completing an £86m move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid.

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