They may have finished in the top four of the Premier League last season, but Arsenal still need to formally qualify for the group stages of the this season’s Champions League. They will do so, however, if they overcome Besiktas over two legs and the Gunners have now taken the first big step towards that goal with a 0-0 draw in Turkey.
Besiktas are not a particularly great team, but like any team from Turkey or Russia, or places like that, it’s the away game which is absolutely vital. The atmospheres are unique and and they really create a cauldron of support for their team, and hate for the enemy. Arsenal handled it very well though, and as they now head back to London for the return leg next week, the Gunners should take care of business relatively easily back on home soil.
Although the game has now been made a little more complicated thanks to Aaron Ramsey receiving a red card, he will now obviously miss the return leg. Still, it should really be relatively straight forward for a team like Arsenal now that the away game has been taken care of. They rode their luck at times in Turkey, and Demba Ba proved to be a handful for the Arsenal defense, but Arsenal held strong and posed a threat of their own.
Besiktas will now not be nearly the same team when the two sides meet in London, and Arsenal will also be boosted by having more players back fit — most notably the German World Cup winners — which is why Arsenal should be delighted with their 0-0 draw with Besiktas in Turkey.