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Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray: The Kids Are United

A nice tidy win sees Arsenal through in second place in the group.

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It wasn't the 38-0 we wanted, or the 7-0 we needed, but Arsenal did what they could; a nice, easy 4-1 win over Galatasaray sees Arsenal finish second in Group D behind Dortmund, who couldn't be bothered to lose to Anderlecht today.

Arsenal were full speed ahead in the first half, scoring all three of their goals in the first half hour; after that, it was all just defending, holding shape, and a bunch of kids trying to make a name for themselves in front of the boss.  A very young, somewhat experimental side that featured the debuts of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Stefan O'Connor had very little trouble containing the home side, who didn't really look all that up for it from the very start.  For all everyone's trepidation about the youth patchwork lineup, the kids did a damn good job.

Oh, and Aaron Ramsey did this.

So, for a 15th straight year, Arsenal are through to the knockouts. As of today, Arsenal could draw one of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Porto, and Bayern, and the winner of the PSG/Barca group.  Worry about that tomorrow; for now, just sit back and re-watch that Ramsey vine over and over again.