Ramsey red angers Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger described the sending off of Aaron Ramsey as "unacceptable" after his side picked up a 0-0 draw at Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

Last Updated: 20/08/14 at 13:09 Post Comment

Arsene Wenger: Saw his side held in Turkey

Arsene Wenger: Saw his side held in Turkey

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Gunners, who are aiming to reach the Champions League group stages for a 17th consecutive season, toiled for long periods in the first half at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium but went desperately close as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hit the post in the closing stages.

Wenger's side will now need to get the job done at the Emirates next week, when they are expected to have German World Cup-winning trio Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski back, but they will have to do it without talisman Ramsey.

The 23-year-old Welshman picked up his second yellow for pulling back former Gunners midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, but Wenger felt referee Milorad Mazic, who also received criticism for some of his performances at the World Cup, made a strange decision.

"It's not serious to get the second yellow card when you see the kind of fouls they have made today," Wenger told Sky Sports.

"It's unacceptable."

Although he was annoyed about Saturday's matchwinner against Crystal Palace being dismissed, Wenger acknowledged the part played by Slaven Bilic's well-drilled outfit.

"It was a difficult game, played at a good pace, a frenetic pace, from the first to the last minute and we could have won it," he added.

"We had chances to win the game, but we couldn't do it.

"They had chances as well in the first half especially, but in the end we didn't lose the game and hopefully we'll make it at home."

Another potential headache for the Arsenal boss ahead of that second leg could be Mikel Arteta after the Spaniard went off after 50 minutes with an apparent ankle injury.

But Wenger still insisted that the Gunners are the ones in the driving seat.

"Our target is to play better every game," Wenger added.

"Technically we can do better, and will aim to do so in the next game."

The return leg at the Emirates is live on Sky Sports 5 HD next Wednesday, with coverage underway from 7pm.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Scottish Championship: SFA has reject Rangers' request to increase Mike Ashley's shareholding in club

The SFA has turned down a request from Rangers to allow Mike Ashley to increase his shareholding in the club to 29.9 per cent.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property