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Arsenal v Besiktas Review – It was Wenger what won it!

Arsenal vs Besiktas: Wenger’s team selection deserves plaudits by SE

An Overview
It was one tantalizing tie to overcome for Arsenal, who were hoping to make it to the Group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the 17th year running.

The Gunners, more ominously, had lost the core of their squad for last night’s game, which didn’t make matters any easier. Besiktas, on the other hand, were in buoyant mood, after playing out a goalless draw in the home leg and thought they could cause a colossal upset against a depleted Arsenal lineup. On the night, however, it was Wenger, who, despite all the repeated skepticism over his managerial prowess, affected the game positively for Arsenal, solely through his pristine team selection.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Besiktas

This is the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal, with the winner taking a place at the top table of European club football and the loser getting their midweeks off for the next few months. A 0-0 draw with Besiktas in Turkey leaves the Gunners slight favourites with tonight’s match at the Emirates, but the away goal situation does leave us in danger.

Why Arsenal are NOT worried about Ramsey and Giroud absence

It is all about getting into the Champions League for Arsenal now, although hopefully there will be some serious work being done on the transfer front behind the scenes as well. But for the players and fans, it is absolutely vital for the Gunners to beat Besiktas on Wednesday and book our regular place among the elite of Europe.

Those plans have been hampered somewhat by the re3d card shown to Aaron Ramsey and the ankle knock picked up by Olivier Giroud, but Arsenal do not seem to be too worried about this and they have good reason, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explained to Sky Sports this week.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal trip to Everton

This is a big game for Arsenal, with last season’s away game at Everton being one of those that Arsene Wenger, his players and the fans would like to put behind them as quickly as possible. But with an even more important game against Besiktas in the Champions League on Wednesday, it comes at an awkward time for us.

But the Gunners are determined to stay as loyal as possible to their football philosophy and to be fair, we have not really got the players to park the bus, so the boss has gone for a pretty attacking and creative line-up, with the big news being that Alexis Sanchez gets his chance to show what he can do in the centre forward role, with Olivier Giroud dropping to the bench.

Who should replace Ramsey for Arsenal v Besiktas?

Because of the importance of the Champions League to Arsenal, Wenger and the players, the second leg of the play-offs against Besiktas on Wednesday is probably more important than the Premier League away trip to face Everton on Saturday.

However, the Gunners have a big problem after our star player was rather harshly sent off in the first leg. The Welshman would have been a nailed on bet to start, but who can replace him? If he was fit, I would suggest that the job should go to Abou Diaby, but he seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet.

Will Ramsey’s red wreck Arsenal’s Champions League?

There is no doubt that Arsenal are left in a tricky situation after a no score draw with Besiktas in the fiurst leg of the Champions League play-offs. The away goals rule can always come back to haunt you if you don’t get one, but most Arsenal fans will be more concerned about us having to face the second leg without Aaron Ramsey.

It just highlights how much the Welshman has turned his fortunes around at the club, from being seen as a jinx and a sure sign of defeat, to being the player we look to as our talisman and the one to get us out of trouble. But I cannot complain too much about the two yellows, even though the second was a touch soft.

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.

Chamberlain says Arsenal now BELIEVE they can win more trophies

The Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes that last seasons FA Cup win will be the catalyst for the Gunners to go on and win more trophies, as the team now has the belief (and the new players!) to carry on the “winning momentum”.

Chamberlain said: “When there’s a lot of talk about a team that should or could be winning things and it’s not happening it can become a little bit frustrating,”

“There’s been a little bit of negative media about Arsenal in recent years but we always believed we would win a trophy soon and the squad we’re putting together could do it.”

The 3 Arsenal players that will light up Emirates Cup

I am hoping, but not really expecting, for Arsenal to actually win our own tournament, the Emirates Cup, this weekend. As usual there are three good teams coming to fight it out with the Gunners, in Valencia from La Liga in Spain, the Portuguese champions Benfica and one of Arsene Wenger’s former clubs AS Monaco from the French Ligue 1.

In a normal Champions League game, I would expect the Gunners to be favourites over all of these, but with numerous players missing this weekend and a lot of the others not really up to speed, both games on Saturday and Sunday are likely to be difficult. But as the boss says, it is more about fitness and preparation.

Arsenal injury update on Sanogo and the Ox

Injuries and Arsenal are two words that been synonymous with each other in recent years. And last season reached a whole new level, with the Gunners losing more player days to injury than any other Premier League team. About twice as many as our big rivals, and there is no doubt that it affected Arsenal’s challenge for the Premier League title.

So Arsene Wenger will be desperate to avoid those problems this season. Arsenal have appointed a new fitness coach and a new medical expert, which hopefully will help us to keep our stars fit and ready for the fight. But we already have Theo Walcott out for the first month or so, and there were concerns when the youngsters Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yaya Sanogo were left out of the tour to America last week.

BANG! Another Arsenal star picks up World Cup injury!!

It looks like the awful run of luck that Arsenal had with injuries last season has carried over in to the World Cup finals in Brazil, as yet another Gunner has picked up a problem that could jeopardise their role at the tournament. This will surely be a worry to Arsenal fans, not just about whether the player will be fully fit for the start of the season with Arsenal, but whether this further highlights a fundamental problem in our training and/or medical section.

BANG! Arsenal rocked by double World Cup injury KO!

Injuries eh, Arsenal fans? How sick have we become of hearing about Arsenal players picking up knocks, whether it be while playing for club and country, it would be easy to think that lady luck had it in for the Gunners, or that they are made of glass.

Recent years reveal a catalogue of long term and recurring problems for the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and the most unlucky footballer in the world, Abou Diaby. And today we can add two more names to the list, or simply not cross them off, because both Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have spent long parts of the year in the treatment room already.