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Arsenal qualify for Champions League with Besiktas win despite Mathieu Debuchy red card

28 Aug
Arsenal qualify for Champions League with Besiktas win despite Mathieu Debuchy red card

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Arsenal qualified for their 17th straight Champions League group stage despite Mathieu Debuchy’s second-half red card at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday.

The Gunners had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time when summer signing, Alexis Sanchez, finished off a quick move between Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil despite the visitors being denied a penalty for Jack Wilshere’s lunge on Ramon Motta.

Arsenal had further chances to extend their advantage in the second period through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but the 21-year-old saw his point-blank effort saved by the Besiktas goalkeeper.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez (left) scored the winner against Besiktas (Picture: AP)

Gunners fans were then left to sweat it out for the final 15 minutes of the match when Debuchy – who had been earlier criticised on Twitter for his new haircut – was sent off for a second bookable offence following his seemingly good challenge on Mustafa Pektemek.

Minutes later, referee Pedro Proenca cautioned Calum Chambers – who had come…

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