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.
Watching Demba Ba today and thinking why the hell did we sell him? And why the hell is Torres still at the club!?
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC_UK_) August 19, 2014
Demba Ba hits the cross bar straight from kick off, this is going to be the best game in history.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 19, 2014
It didn't quite carry in that vein, however.
Arsenal-Besiktas is like watching snowboarders do crazy stuff in the air, only to face plant every landing — Ryan Rosenblatt (@RyanRosenblatt) August 19, 2014
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.
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.
Aaron Ramsey comes back down to earth with a thud. He IS human. pic.twitter.com/hygcCtSuGm
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 19, 2014
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.
Arsene Wenger on Aaron Ramsey red card echoing John McEnroe: “It’s just not serious, just not serious" — Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 19, 2014
But perhaps the biggest overreaction was that of the player himself, who deemed it necessary to apologise for his misdemeanour.
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
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.
Looks like Arsenal got completely outplayed today. Good to see as they did terrible against Palace too. Meltdown imminent.
— TheHotspurInsider (@HotspurInsider) August 19, 2014
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.
— Jeff Weston (@jeffnorthlondon) August 19, 2014
Quite a night for Calum Chambers, he has been Arsenal's best player in their opening two competitive matches. — Neil Ashton (@neilashton_) August 19, 2014
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