Arsenal's path to the Champions League group stage has gotten harder after Aaron Ramsey picked up a red card in the club's play-off game against Besiktas.
The Gunners were having serious trouble in the first of a two-legged battle against the Turkish club. Ramsey did not make things any better when he picked up a yellow card in the 54th minute for pulling an opponent down by his jersey.
Unfortunately, things got even worse when the midfielder was booked for his second yellow in the 80th minute, as noted by Fox Soccer:
The call came on a play that was easily avoidable, with people like Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports questioning the decision:
Bleacher Report's Michael Cummings notes the poor effort from a usually solid player:
On the positive side, this is not something fans are used to seeing from Ramsey:
This did not make the situation any better for the current match, though. Arsenal were forced to close out the competition with a man down, hurting their chances of pulling out a victory in the 0-0 match. The squad eventually ended in a draw, which is rare for Arsenal at this stage, according to ESPN's Paul Carr:
James Olley of the London Evening Standard believes the red card was a problem that should not have happened:
Additionally, Oliver Todd of the Daily Mail notes things will not get much better for the return leg:
Ramsey was one of the most productive players for Arsenal last season and one of the best in the entire English Premier League. Without him, the squad could end up struggling to come through in the difficult match.
Meanwhile, this has been a common theme for the club in UCL play:
No matter the outcome, you can be certain manager Arsene Wenger will not be happy and will likely do his best to correct this issue in the future.
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