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 Posted by PA Sport
Aug 20, 2014

Arsenal have 'technical edge' - Ox

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded Aaron Ramsey's late sending off against Besiktas "unbelievable" following his side's goalless draw in the Champions League playoff first leg.

Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident Arsenal's technical ability will give them the edge needed to get past Besiktas and secure a place in the Champions League group stages.

The Gunners battled to a goalless draw at the cauldron of the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday night, where midfielder Aaron Ramsey was sent off late on for a second yellow card and so will miss the return leg back in England next week.

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Indeed, but for a late fingertip save by Tolga Zengin to push an angled drive from substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain onto the post, Arsenal might even have snatched a crucial away goal to defend back in London next Wednesday night the second leg of the tie.

Oxlade-Chamberlain knows Arsenal have to first match the work-rate shown by Slaven Bilic's well-organised side -- who hit the crossbar from kick-off through former Chelsea striker Demba Ba. Arsenal's talents will be boosted by the return of German World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski ahead of Saturday's trip to Everton.

"We have to have confidence in ourselves to come through this test," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

"Besiktas are a quality side, and it is not going to be easy at all, they will fancy their chances as well, which will make it a good game.

"But I am confident in our team, if we approach the game in the right way, match them physically and competitively, then hopefully our technical side of our game will come through at the Emirates and we will be able to come away with a win."

Arsenal could expect to earn around 7 million pounds from reaching the group stages for what would be a 17th-consecutive season, with each subsequent home match worth around 3 million pounds of additional match-day revenue.

- Wenger: Ramsey red card unbelievable
- Cross: Arsenal need more additions

Oxlade-Chamberlain maintains tackling Europe's elite clubs once again is about more than just financial benefits.

"It (Champions League) is something that everyone wants to play in, especially at a club like Arsenal, you almost expect us to try to qualify for," he said.

"We worked extremely hard last season to get ourselves into this position and it is something we don't want to give away at this stage."

Arsenal will assess the fitness of captain Mikel Arteta after the midfielder left the stadium in a protective boot around a twisted ankle and so could miss the return to his old club. Fullback Kieran Gibbs and forward Yaya Sanogo missed the trip to Turkey because of respective hamstring problems.

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