Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas: Alexis on fire

Match report -By the numbers – Player ratings – Video The game had moved into the single minute of injury time in the first half when Mathieu Debuchy found space down the right hand side. Not for the first time, he put in a tasty cross which a Besiktas defender headed clear. Jack Wilshere kept the ball alive, played it to Mesut Ozil who flicked the ball first time back towards the England man with the outside of his boot

United’s Louis van Gaal & Ed Woodward snapped at the Manchester House restaurant on Wednesday

Now it could be that Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward were simply enjoying some dinner together for no apparent reason on Wednesday night, but that seems highly unlikely. Manchester United fans are passing a picture around social media sites today showing how manager Van Gaal and deal-maker Woodward having a one-on-one meeting at the Manchester […]

Seventeen And Counting

If you want to read a conventional report on the game tonight can I recommend the Guardian. I haven’t seen what they have come up with yet, but among the mainstream media they and the Observer get it right more often than most. Actually, I just checked, and it is here.

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas JK: Heroic Defending Against Twelve Men

Photo: Getty Images It would hardly have been the Arsenal Way if we had taken the easy road, yeah?I don’t know about you, but this game took ten years off my life. The same false-nine strikerless formation that fizzled so badly against Everton at the weekend also stuttered at times against the Turkish visitors here, but the Gunners did just enough to make it to the Champions League proper for the 17th consecutive time.