Arsenal FC manager fuming after goalless draw with Besiktas
Arsene Wenger unhappy with Aaron Ramsey’s red card in the Champions League play-off game
August 20th, 2014
Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League group stage are still in the balance after a goalless draw in Turkey on Tuesday night, with the Gunners unable to score a precious away goal.
It was an evenly-matched contest which saw both team have chances to win the game, although Arsenal were reduced to ten men by the final whistle, with Aaron Ramsey sent off for two yellow cards.
Arsene Wenger was not pleased with the referee’s decision to issue the Welshman with a second booking and felt that some of the home team’s challenges were over the top, with Mikel Arteta struggling to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park.
“Neither the first nor the second yellow card was deserved [for Ramsey],” said the Arsenal manager.
“When you see some of the fouls made tonight and we go home with Ramsey red-carded, it’s a bit unbelievable. The challenge on Arteta was very bad but the referee was on the pitch and didn’t see anything of it. It’s very difficult to understand but, in the second half, the performance of the referee was very bad.
“We had Ramsey’s second card … it was wrong and it was a huge decision. I felt just a lot was wrong in the second half but, overall, perhaps it was a difficult game maybe to referee as well. Everybody did fight for every ball. Maybe it was not easy for the referee as well.”
Arsenal will now look to get the job done at the Emirates, although conceding an away goal will leave them needing to score twice to go through, with Demba Ba a dangerous opposition striker.