Aaron Ramsey has apologized for his red card against Besiktas on Tuesday night and praised the traveling fans for their support despite a disappointing performance from the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger’s men ultimately missed the killer instinct to finish off the Istanbul outfit in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier and will have to find it without Ramsey for the return leg at Emirates due to his rather harsh sending off.
After a difficult, fast paced game the Gunners found themselves down to ten men for the final ten minutes with Ramsey booked twice for tugging Besiktas players.
The Welshman took to twitter to apologize for the sending off:
Thank you to all the fans that made the trip. Sorry for the red card. I'm sure the lads will do the job in the second leg
— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) August 19, 2014
Wenger was disappointed with the decision and felt the Welshman was hard done by considering the state of some of the other fouls in the match.
The Gunners boss told the media after the draw:
I think neither the first or the second yellow card was deserved. When you see some of the fouls made tonight and we go home with Ramsey red carded, it’s a bit unbelievable.
The Gunners will have their work cut out to not concede in the return leg, with Demba Ba looking particularly dangerous. Further forward they need to develop their coherence especially with a tough tie against Everton this weekend.
Ramsey’s absence should give Wilshere a chance to shine in his preferred position, and perhaps a forced breather for the Welshman will help keep him fresh for what is a vital opening period of the campaign – that is perhaps the only silver lining to losing our best player.
The result is neither bad nor particular good, but we head back to Emirates with the ball in our court in front of the home fans.