From the opening seconds, when Demba Ba clattered a shot into the woodwork almost directly from the kick-off, it was clear that this might be a European play-off containing a little more peril than normal for Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey’s late red card for two bookings summed up their discomfort.
Besiktas, and Ba in particular, seemingly on a mission to prove Chelsea sold the wrong striker, were not about to bow down and shower Arsene Wenger and his team with rose petals as they waved them into the group stages of the Champions League for the 17th successive year.
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