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Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas: Seventeen

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Arsenal are through despite the best efforts of the referee.

Done and dusted
Done and dusted
Shaun Botterill

A year from now, we'll look back and go "Arsenal won last year's qualifier 1-0", and that will of course be true.  But a year from now, hopefully we'll all have blocked out just how nervy this game was, despite Arsenal going up 1-0 at the half.  A second half sending off of Debuchy for...reasons, and the subsequent booking of Calum Chambers for coming on when the fourth official told him to, made for just two of the headscratchers on the night, a night when Arsenal finally, after two league games and the first leg of this tie, looked like they're shaking off the rust and becoming Arsenal yet again.

But, despite the ridiculous refereeing and the Arsenal-still-working-their-way-into-shape quality of a few stretches of the game, it's job done - Arsenal are through to the Champions League group stages for the 17th consecutive season, so we can all rest easy now.  The draw for those group stage games takes place tomorrow, and the group stages themselves kick off on the 16th/17th of September.