Posted on August 19, 2014 by ADMIN

Besiktas v Arsenal review – Ramsey red leaves Gunners glad of a draw!

Arsenal went in to the first leg of the Champions League play-off against the Turkish side Besiktas knowing that they would be in for a tough and vitally important game. With Slaven Bilic leading the Turks to an excellent victory over the Dutch club Feyenoord in the last round and with the Gunners squad missing a few key players, we could not afford to switch off.

And that was evident from the very start, literally, with Demba Ba hitting the cross bar from the kick-off. The former Newcastle and Chelsea striker was definitely up for it, although young Calum Chambers handled him well for most of the first half, right until a slip allowed Ba a great chance which he screwed wide just before the break.

They were lively and put Arsenal under real pressure, but we carried our own threat, with Wilshere and Sanchez looking especially lively, while Ramsey produced a fantastic pass for Giroud. Our big front man was still looking rusty after the summer though and it was all square at half time.

And it did not get any easier, with a bruising second half that Arsenal will be glad to get out of. We could easily have lost the game, although Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly won it with a great bit of trickery and fierce shot, which the Besiktas keeper brilliantly tipped onto the post.

We just have to win at the Emirates, but losing Aaron Ramsey to two yellow cards has made that a lot harder. Still, you would expect us to be much better next Wednesday and we have got to be favourites. It could have been so much worse, gooners.

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  1. Pearsenal ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Poor performances by Giroud and Cazorla today, Giroud poor touches and losing possession, Cazorla not providing a threat and not seeing the ball enough. Problems can be solved within the squad though and it’s hard watching Wengers reluctance to make changes. Nevertheless a draw is a reasonable result away in Turkey. At the weekend Wenger should play:

    Szczesney
    Debuchy Chambers Koscielney Monreal
    Wilshere Flamini Ramsey
    Sanchez Campbell Chamberlain

    Doubt he will though. There will be an opportunity to counter Everton so that team is very capable at countering with wingers who demand the ball and both work exceptionally hard which will help negate the effectiveness do Baines and Coleman. Campbell will look for runs in behind as well and the midfield trio can all play a pass. We need to make adjustments going forward.

    1. RSH ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      i dont see how Cazorla can possibly retain his spot. I dont think he even notices it is under threat. Or maybe it isnt, but it should be. I feel like crying when i see Oxlade-Chamberlain come on as a sub and change the game every single time. I just think to myself, what Wenger is smoking to not start him over Santi. Cazorla has been very inconsistent the past season, and its dragging into this one. It seems like if were not playing at Wembley, he simply doesnt care. Again, he was throwing his arms up instead of tracking back. Didn’t help Monreal at all defensively. I’ve been harsh on Giroud, but i still consider Santi flop of the match for doing absolutely nothing, while players like Ox, and Campbell have to rot on the bench.

    1. RSH ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Koscienly saved our butts plenty of times. Wouldve chosen Chambers but his inexperience showed once in a while, but Kos was there to cover. MOTM has to be a defensive player for me. But, yeh, Jack was the best out of the midfield, i agree.

      1. Justsoccerfan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        Yep this time he did play better than Ramsey. Sanchez did trying very hard to get forward but no players helping him

  2. mark ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Come on guys. I’m disappointed too..

    Giroud had a few half chances against a VERY well organised Besiktas.

    Our chances were few and far between, because of their defensive tenacity.

    That is why Ramsey was red carded, due to frustration. Exactly what a lesser team should do against a better team, frustrate them and play fast aggressive football.

    For sure, Giroud is not the best striker, but he is a decent target man, and on a night with few chances, he played his part.

    I too would like a CDM and a top drawer striker, but then so would every other team..!!! 😀

    1. RSH ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      every time Giroud touched the ball he lost it, he missed two clear chances. But this is nothing new. Its not shocking, and he will continue to be abysmal. People insult Sanogo, but look is who 27 and should be in his prime, and look who is only 21 and has years to improve. Giroud adds nothing but frustration, he is a horrible player, plain and simple. Not even average anymore. When will ppl get it through their heads that Besiktas had a better striker than us today…

      1. Malik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        why is that alright? A team that didn’t even usurp galatasaray HAD A BETTER STRIKER THAN US

    2. RSH ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      every time Giroud touched the ball he lost it, he missed two clear chances. But this is nothing new. Its not shocking, and he will continue to be abysmal. People insult Sanogo, but look is who 27 and should be in his prime, and look who is only 21 and has years to improve. Giroud adds nothing but frustration, he is a horrible player, plain and simple. Not even average anymore. When will ppl get it through their heads that Besiktas had a better striker than us today…

      1. Jim A ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        Um wrong. Why is Ba better. Because he is agile? he was the one that missed the games 2 best chances.

    3. mohawk ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Did you ever try to be reasonable with an out-of-control child in the midst of a temper-tantrum. I appreciate your words of calm and logic but until these fans settle down and return to adulthood you won’t get much love here.

    4. rkw ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      they had the two best chances of the game…could easily have been 2 nil and wouldnt have seemed unfair….

    1. mohawk ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Some Arsenal fans are crap. They score no goals and do not support the players who do score goals. Like it or not, Giroud was last season’s top goal producer by a long shot – in case you you were too busy whining to notice.

      1. Malik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        DOESN’T MEAN MUCH WHEN HE PLAYED AS OUR NUMBER ONE FOR 50+ GAMES AND ALL OUR OTHER STRIKERS DIDN’T GET MORE THAN 20 STARTS AND THAT’S ON THE WINGS

  3. LoCkAy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Tactically, Wenger is just off the pace and has been for years…!!
    No f*cking clues about what to do and how to accommodate plays…
    Besiktas was just pregnable and an injection of speed would have finished them off…!!!

    Still sticking with Jack “where is the ball” Wilshere who had another shocker… Even putting us in danger after loosing the ball and doing one of his flick…!!

    Campbell and OX were on the bench… !!
    Was he thinking about Everton?
    I won’t be surprised if it is the case as it would be a typical Wenger move… Especially with a diminished squad (as usual).

    Few days left in the transfer market, time to bring more players… Because some of them are just not Arsenal/top quality…!

  4. GOONSTER ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Team has been terrible so far, no fight or they can’t be bothered.. But the seem has just started, so may be it will improve.

    So far,

    Ramsey has been poor.

    Cazorla has been poor

    Sanchez looks lost, he seems to have forgotten how pass, cross or dribble..

    We need to improve or Besiktas will upset us..

    COME ON ARSENAL…

    1. RSH ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Pretty harsh on Alexis. Was very lively throughout the match. And he tracks back a TON. He was always alone when he won the ball far up the pitch too, i guess the other players were just staring at him, cause thats the only reason nobody else tried to help or get in the box.

    2. Sacrificial_Pizza ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Oh……. SHUT UP. We are missing Özil and Mert. It’s Sanchez 2nd game. He was absolutely fine out there. Ramsey looks fine. Cazorla you have a point, he looks terrible. Awful game too from Giroud, although it seems like you guys want him to be Maradona and just take on whole teams haha.

      Plus just because you are ignorant of another team, doesn’t mean they are not any good. Besiktas is a damn good squad actually. I was laughing at you highly rated pundits on here claiming it was an easy win. Was never ever gonna be. We’ll be alright back at home I think

      1. Jimbeam ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        OH you shut up! So what if we were missing Ozil. So what? Can he not get hurt and not play for a month or two? And then what are we going to say with every poor display, Ozil wasnt here? We have Cazorla and Rosicky who can play that number 10 spot as well as some of the top players in the world. But Cazorla is wasted on the left and Rosicky on the bench.
        Arsenal is a team with almost 30 players you cant tell me that just because we are missing one we should play like shit.
        Wenger is at foult for insisting on Giroud and not bringing in OX and Campell earlier in the game and switching Sanchez up front.
        He always wants to play the same fracking way, with Giroud or Sanogo up top Cazorla on the left and Arteta as DM all of it wrong.

  5. Goontz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

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  6. Hafiz Rahman ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    after 2 seasons of flop and Giroud is still playing……..

    when will the fans ever realise its time for Wenger to go

    we need a proper manager

  7. Sacrificial_Pizza ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m taking a screen shot of every crybaby. This will be posted at the end of the season. Should be funny to see how hypocritical you all are

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