Arsenal's decisive fortnight places season on a knife-edge, starting tonight

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Arsenal have already had a troubled week, no new signings, an opening day defeat to Aston Villa and now they travel to Turkey to take on Fenerbahce in a crucial Champions League qualifier.

This is a must win tie as going out of the competition at this stage would be disastrous, after all the hard work put in at the end of last season it would be a incredible blow to miss out in the qualifying stage.

There were worries immediately after the Villa game that injuries would leave the manager having to fill positions with youth players for the trip to Istanbul, this would have made it all harder to put in a performance in front of a raucous home crowd.

In many ways Fenerbahce should not be allowed to play in the competition as they are currently under investigation by UEFA for match fixings allegations but this cannot concern the Gunners as they have to concentrate on going away from home and putting on a display that will restore some pride and in the fans.

They cannot underestimate the threats that Fenerbahce pose and in the harsh atmosphere of the ┼×ükrü Saraco─člu Stadium they cannot afford to give any kind of momentum to the home side, we have seen in the past how a frenzied crowd can will a team on. It is vital that Wenger’s team comes back with an away goal, as they can be crucial in second legs of European ties

After defeat at the weekend no Arsenal fan can imagine what would happen if they didn’t manage to beat their Turkish opponents, the consequences could set the club back a few seasons. It is painful for me to say if there is an exit combined with a lack of spending in the transfer market this could signal the end of the Arsene Wenger era at Arsenal.

Whatever happens this could be a very significant fortnight for the near future of Arsenal, this is why it cannot go wrong otherwise there could be lot of change around the club.

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