Wenger Furious Over Red CardJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
In a disappointing first leg of their Champions League playoff, Arsenal failed to score against Besiktas and even had a player sent off, resulting in a ten man team and a nil-nil draw.
Ramsey’s red card came from repeated shirt-tugging offences against Besiktas players and will mean he will miss the second leg, taking place at the Emirates Stadium on 27 September.
Ramsey scored a last minute goal against Crystal Palace in Arsenal’s first game of the season at the weekend, but his performance fell short against Besiktas last night. With just eleven minutes left on the clock, the Arsenal midfielder was shown a second yellow card for pulling on the shirt of Oguzhan Ozyhup after losing possession.
This is the first time that Ramsey has seen a red card in club football, although he was sent off whilst playing for Wales in a World Cup qualifier last year.
Arsene Wenger is said to be seeing red over the referee’s decisions.
“Neither the first nor the second yellow card was deserved,” he claimed. “When you see some of the fouls that were made and we go home with Ramsey sent off, it is a bit unbelievable”
Wenger accused referee Milorad Mazic of making an unfair decision, however the Serbian referee also sent Besiktas’ manager to the stands in the final minutes of the game. Slaven Bilic will now also be banned from the touchline for next week’s leg.
“In the second half the performance of the referee was very bad,” claimed Wenger. “I felt a lot was wrong in the second half but, overall, it was a difficult game maybe to referee as well because everybody did fight for every ball.”
Despite Ramsey’s suspension from the next leg, Wenger is confident that Arsenal will be the Turkish team at the Emirates Stadium next week.
Arsenal will need to win the second leg of the Champions League playoff next week if they wish to reach the group stages of the competition for the 17th year running.