Early Doors

Overreaction Theatre: Crazy Ba lights up ‘greatest match of all time’

Early Doors

Excitement was high as Arsenal's Champions League season kicked off on Tuesday night - and nobody generated more excitement than Besiktas' former Newcastle striker Demba Ba.

The crazy striker hit the bar with an audacious effort direct from the kick-off and went on to play like, well, someone who's not Demba Ba.

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Demba Ba has a crack at goal (Screenshot: ITV)

It didn't quite carry in that vein, however.

Indeed, as the game petered out into a goalless draw, the major talking point eventually proved to be the events that turned the night sour for Aaron Ramsey.

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After scoring in the Community Shield to help Arsenal trouser their first silverware of the season and then netting a late winner to secure all three points in the Gunners' Premier League opener against Crystal Palace, the halo shimmering above Ramsey's head was certainly well-polished.

Indeed, he was fast-approaching super-hero status among Arsenal fans. He could do no wrong. Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic had even gone as far as to identify the Welshman as Arsenal's best player before their Champions League play-off first leg in Istanbul.

Then came a red card, the first of his club career.

The sending off was deemed harsh in some quarters, not least by Arsene Wenger who, clad in a sweaty headband, got all hot under the collar about it all.

But perhaps the biggest overreaction was that of the player himself, who deemed it necessary to apologise for his misdemeanour.

That, of course, went down well with Arsenal fans, who were quick to assure Ramsey he had no need for such a course of action.

What does it all mean? Well, with Ramsey missing from the second leg in London, and with so much at stake, it can only point in one direction - towards disaster.

Seriously though, there were encouraging signs for Arsenal from the draw in Istanbul, namely Calum Chambers, whose second decent performance in a week succeeded in getting the internet in a bit of a lather. He could even be the saviour of English football.

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