• Ba hits bar from kick-off for Besiktas
  • Ramsey sent off for two bookings
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain hits post late on

Aaron Ramsey was sent off as Arsenal fought out a goalless draw away at Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie.

Ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba gave the Gunners a scare when he hit the bar from the halfway line from kick-off.

But Arsenal, bidding to reach the group stage for a 17th consecutive season, also had chances in an open game.

After Ramsey saw red for a second booking, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw his shot turned on to the post.

The England international had surged into the box from the right wing in the 88th minute and it took a brilliant diving save from Tolga Zengin to deny him.

Defeat would have been harsh on a Besiktas side who took the game to the Gunners from the start, and they will deservedly travel to north London next week with the tie in the balance.

Arsenal's record in Champions League qualifiers

Arsenal had won all 12 of their previous Champions League qualifying games, scoring 29 goals and conceding only three, while keeping nine clean sheets. They beat Fenerbahce 3-0 in the first leg of their play-off last season, again in Istanbul, going on to win 5-0 on aggregate.

The Turkish team's own ground is being rebuilt so the match was played at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium, the scene of Liverpool's famous comeback to beat AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

The drama on this occasion was in no way comparable with that epic encounter, but the attacking approach of both sides made for an entertaining game, despite Wenger voicing his concern about the playing surface before kick-off.

Ba set the tone inside the first five seconds with his effort from the halfway line that had Wojciech Szczesny scrambling backwards and stretching to reach the ball as it came back against the woodwork.

The former Chelsea striker, who almost joined the Gunners last summer, went close again soon afterwards with a thumping volley that brought a fine reaction stop from Szczesny.

Arsenal, who began their Premier League campaign with a scrappy win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, were also finding some joy when they went forward.

New signing Alexis Sanchez, in particular, was finding lots of space down the right but Olivier Giroud was having a frustrating time up front.

The visitors did not force Zengin into a save until the 39th minute when Jack Wilshire tried to bend the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Besiktas continued to attack and were almost gifted an opener when Calum Chambers, otherwise solid on his Champions League debut, slipped and let Ba in to fire a low shot wide.

Some more poor Arsenal defending, this time by Mathieu Debuchy, let Olcay Sahan in after half-time, but he curled his shot off target.

The chances dried up as the game entered the last half hour but Ramsey's dismissal, after the Welshman was cautioned twice for tugging players back, appeared to give the home side a late boost with 10 minutes to go.

Instead it was Arsenal who went closest to snatching victory through Oxlade-Chamberlain, before Besiktas' Croatian boss Slaven Bilic, the former Everton and West Ham defender, was sent to the stands for complaining once too often to the officials.

He and Ramsey are both set to miss the second leg, at Emirates Stadium on 27 August.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Besiktas head coach Slaven Bilic before kick-off

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Besiktas head coach Slaven Bilic before kick-off

Jack Wilshere had Arsenal's first shot on target after 39 minutes

Jack Wilshere had Arsenal's first shot on target after 39 minutes

Aaron Ramsey walks off after being shown a red card with 10 minutes to go

Aaron Ramsey walks off after being shown a red card with 10 minutes to go

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went close to scoring a late winner

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went close to scoring a late winner

Besiktas head coach Slaven Bilic was sent off for arguing with the officials

Besiktas head coach Bilic was sent off for arguing with the officials

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Besiktas

  • 29 Zengin
  • 03 Köybasi
  • 31 de Morais Motta Booked
  • 08 Kavlak
  • 19 Franco
  • 22 Gülüm
  • 11 Pektemek (Tosun - 88' )
  • 20 Uysal
  • 09 Ba
  • 15 Ozyakup Booked (Frei - 81' )
  • 10 Sahan (Töre - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Gonen
  • 02 Kurtulus
  • 06 Sivok
  • 07 Töre
  • 21 Frei
  • 23 Tosun
  • 25 Boral

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 02 Debuchy
  • 18 Monreal Booked
  • 08 Arteta (Flamini - 50' Booked )
  • 21 Chambers
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 17 Sánchez (Oxlade-Chamberlain - 73' )
  • 16 Ramsey Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 12 Giroud
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 19 Cazorla (Rosicky - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Rosicky
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 20 Flamini
  • 26 Martinez
  • 28 Campbell
  • 39 Bellerín
  • 51 Miquel
Ref: Milorad Mazic

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

5 3

Corners

2 6

Fouls

14 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Besiktas 0, Arsenal 0.

90:00 +4:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Besiktas 0, Arsenal 0.

90:00 +2:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +2:05

Delay in match Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) because of an injury.

90:00 +1:42

Attempt blocked. Kerim Koyunlu (Besiktas) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:28

Pedro Franco (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:28

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

89:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Santiago Cazorla.

88:04

Attempt blocked. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

87:58

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

87:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Besiktas. Cenk Tosun replaces Mustafa Pektemek.

86:03

Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross following a corner.

85:36

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Kerim Koyunlu.

82:38

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ramon.

82:05

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:05

Foul by Necip Uysal (Besiktas).

80:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Besiktas. Kerim Koyunlu replaces Oguzhan Ozyakup.

79:41 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) for a bad foul.

79:35

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

79:35

Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:05

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

78:03

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:03

Foul by Ismail Köybasi (Besiktas).

77:30

Attempt blocked. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

76:35 Booking

Booking Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card.

76:17

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:17

Foul by Necip Uysal (Besiktas).

75:43

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:43

Foul by Gökhan Töre (Besiktas).

73:02

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:02

Foul by Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas).

72:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Besiktas. Gökhan Töre replaces Olcay Sahan.

72:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Alexis Sánchez.

71:10

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

71:10

Ramon (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:15

Attempt missed. Ismail Köybasi (Besiktas) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

68:40

Corner, Besiktas. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.

67:47

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

67:47

Mustafa Pektemek (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:24 Booking

Booking Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:11

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

65:11

Mustafa Pektemek (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:05

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:05

Foul by Veli Kavlak (Besiktas).

62:38

Veli Kavlak (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:38

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

62:04

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

62:04

Mustafa Pektemek (Besiktas) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:12

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

61:12

Ersan Gülüm (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:53

Attempt blocked. Olcay Sahan (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Veli Kavlak.

60:51

Attempt blocked. Ismail Köybasi (Besiktas) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mustafa Pektemek.

60:22

Attempt blocked. Ramon (Besiktas) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oguzhan Ozyakup.

59:11

Attempt saved. Ismail Köybasi (Besiktas) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oguzhan Ozyakup.

58:31

Hand ball by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

54:35 Booking

Booking Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:30

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

54:30

Necip Uysal (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:44 Booking

Booking Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:39

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

53:39

Necip Uysal (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:35 Booking

Booking Ramon (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:28

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:28

Foul by Ramon (Besiktas).

50:21

Attempt blocked. Demba Ba (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramon.

49:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Mikel Arteta because of an injury.

49:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:30

Delay in match Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) because of an injury.

47:04

Attempt missed. Olcay Sahan (Besiktas) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oguzhan Ozyakup.

45:00

Second Half begins Besiktas 0, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Besiktas 0, Arsenal 0.

44:50

Foul by Mustafa Pektemek (Besiktas).

44:50

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:04

Foul by Mustafa Pektemek (Besiktas).

44:04

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:38

Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Besiktas) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ersan Gülüm.

42:09

Foul by Pedro Franco (Besiktas).

42:09

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:03

Attempt saved. Ismail Köybasi (Besiktas) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

38:37

Attempt missed. Veli Kavlak (Besiktas) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

37:58

Attempt saved. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

31:00

Attempt saved. Veli Kavlak (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mustafa Pektemek.

30:00

Demba Ba (Besiktas) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:00

Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

24:57

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ramon.

22:55

Corner, Besiktas. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.

21:27

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ramon.

21:02

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ramon.

19:44

Veli Kavlak (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:44

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

16:08

Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

16:08

Demba Ba (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:05

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross following a corner.

14:35

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ramon.

12:08

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

10:52

Foul by Veli Kavlak (Besiktas).

10:52

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:41

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

9:40

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

8:35

Attempt saved. Demba Ba (Besiktas) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oguzhan Ozyakup with a through ball.

6:57

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:57

Foul by Necip Uysal (Besiktas).

1:36

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:36

Foul by Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas).

1:22

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:22

Foul by Veli Kavlak (Besiktas).

0:02

Attempt saved. Demba Ba (Besiktas) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Oguzhan Ozyakup.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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