• Sanchez hits vital winner for Gunners
  • Besiktas have two penalty appeals waved away
  • Debuchy sent off with 15 minutes left
  • Champions League draw on Thursday

Alexis Sanchez's first goal for Arsenal since his £35m move from Barcelona claimed the prize of a place in the Champions League group stage for the 17th successive season on a tense night at Emirates Stadium.

The Chilean struck the goal that edged out Besiktas but Arsenal had to survive nervous moments - including playing the last 14 minutes with 10 men after Mathieu Debuchy was sent off - before winning this qualifier.

And for manager Arsene Wenger, Sanchez's strike ensured a rich reward on his expensive summer investment as Arsenal once again go into Thursday's draw for the group phase.

Besiktas were furious when Jack Wilshere's first-half tackle on Ramon Motta in the area went unpunished while Arsenal missed chances of their own to ease the anxiety sweeping around the stadium in the closing stages.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live

"As an Arsenal fan, my heart was in my mouth a few times. The Jack Wilshere penalty claim was 100% a penalty for Besiktas.

"They have scrapped through, but they are through, and Arsene Wenger has preserved his wonderful record."

With Aaron Ramsey suspended, Wilshere was at the heart of Arsenal's best work with an energetic display that put recent poor form behind him, while Sanchez demonstrated the work-rate and quality up front that has Wenger believing he will be central to their season.

Arsenal also showed defensive resilience with reduced numbers in the dying moments as Turkish side Besiktas cast caution aside in the search for the goal that would have put them into the lucrative next stage of the Champions League.

It was always going to be tense after a goalless first leg and even though this qualifier was decided on fine margins, Arsenal will ultimately have no complaints because this was all about ensuring they did not slip out at this hurdle.

Wenger must now decide whether losing striker Olivier Giroud - out for the rest of the year after surgery on a broken tibia - will force him into the transfer market before the window closes on Monday.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez's last Champions League goal was for Barcelona against Benfica in October 2012

Arsenal have attacking talent but it remains open to debate whether they have the sort of wider firepower that will enable them to mount a serious Premier League title challenge and tackle the best the Champions League has to offer.

Who Arsenal could get in the group stages

Best case: Arsenal, Basel, Sporting, Maribor

Worst case: Arsenal, PSG, Ajax, Roma

A promising early opening, which saw Wilshere slide an angled drive wide when he should have hit the target and Santi Cazorla do the same from keeper Tolga Zengin's wayward clearance, proved something of a false dawn.

Besiktas were determined in defence and carried a threat going forward that led to an air of frustration as their first half progressed.

And the visitors were also nursing a sense of injustice as they felt they were denied two penalties when Debuchy slid in on Mustafa Pektemek and when Wilshere appeared to take down Motta as he slipped making a challenge in the area.

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez's goal means that Arsenal will play in the Champions League for a 17th consecutive season

Besiktas coach Slaven Bilic - forced to watch from the stands after being sent from his technical area in the first leg - certainly felt aggrieved as he jumped out of his seat in protest at referee Pedro Proenca's refusal to rule in favour of his side.

Just as Arsenal looked certain to get to half-time on level terms, Wilshere forced the issue with another run into the area to play in Sanchez for an angled finish.

The pair linked up again early in the second half as Wilshere's vision gave Sanchez another opportunity inside the area but his snapshot was deflected off target.

Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba gave Arsenal a worrying moment with a shot into the side-netting on the turn - but the Gunners had moments of their own to settle it, with Debuchy heading wide and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seeing a shot blocked by Zengin from only eight yards.

The concerns increased for Arsenal and Wenger when they were reduced to 10 men with 14 minutes left after Debuchy received a second yellow card for tangling with Pektemek. He clearly got the ball but referee Proenca felt he had dragged the player back first.

Besiktas attempted to press home their numerical advantage, Ba almost getting on the end of one cross, but Arsenal held out and the Emirates was able to look forward to more Champions League football.

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere was fortunate not to concede a penalty in the first half

Mathieu Debuchy

Right-back Mathieu Debuchy will now miss Arsenal's first group game through suspension

Lineup, Bookings (10) & Substitutions (4)

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny Booked
  • 02 Debuchy Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 18 Monreal
  • 20 Flamini
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 17 Sánchez
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 11 Özil (Chambers - 77' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 07 Rosicky
  • 09 Podolski
  • 21 Chambers
  • 22 Sanogo
  • 26 Martinez
  • 28 Campbell
  • 34 Coquelin

Besiktas

  • 29 Zengin
  • 03 Köybasi
  • 31 de Morais Motta
  • 08 Kavlak Booked (Uysal - 77' Booked )
  • 19 Franco Booked
  • 22 Gülüm
  • 11 Pektemek (Tosun - 87' )
  • 13 Hutchinson Booked
  • 09 Ba
  • 15 Ozyakup Booked
  • 10 Sahan (Töre - 63' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Gonen
  • 02 Kurtulus
  • 06 Sivok
  • 07 Töre
  • 20 Uysal
  • 21 Frei
  • 23 Tosun
Ref: Pedro Proença

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

4 0

Corners

4 0

Fouls

14 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arsenal 1, Besiktas 0.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Besiktas 0.

89:56

Foul by Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas).

89:56

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:12 Booking

Booking Gökhan Töre (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:10

Foul by Gökhan Töre (Besiktas).

89:10

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Besiktas. Cenk Tosun replaces Mustafa Pektemek.

86:28

Foul by Necip Uysal (Besiktas).

86:28

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:55 Booking

Booking Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

84:35 Booking

Booking Necip Uysal (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card.

84:28

Ersan Gülüm (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:28

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

82:09

Hand ball by Gökhan Töre (Besiktas).

82:04

Attempt blocked. Gökhan Töre (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramon.

81:39

Pedro Franco (Besiktas) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:39

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

81:26

Attempt missed. Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oguzhan Ozyakup with a cross.

78:50 Booking

Booking Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:48

Foul by Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas).

78:48

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:49

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

76:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Mesut Özil.

76:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Besiktas. Necip Uysal replaces Veli Kavlak.

75:56 Booking

Booking Calum Chambers (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

74:26 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) for a bad foul.

74:18

Mustafa Pektemek (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:18

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

74:07

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nacho Monreal with a cross.

73:43

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

73:30

Attempt blocked. Veli Kavlak (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oguzhan Ozyakup.

69:59

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

69:59

Demba Ba (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:15

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

69:15

Gökhan Töre (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:59

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:59

Foul by Ramon (Besiktas).

63:40

Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Besiktas) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ramon.

63:05

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

63:05

Demba Ba (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Besiktas. Gökhan Töre replaces Olcay Sahan.

61:50

Offside, Besiktas. Veli Kavlak tries a through ball, but Demba Ba is caught offside.

60:24

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:24

Foul by Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas).

59:56

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a set piece situation.

58:50 Booking

Booking Pedro Franco (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:32

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:32

Foul by Pedro Franco (Besiktas).

57:05

Attempt missed. Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

55:36

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

55:36

Veli Kavlak (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:51

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

52:16

Attempt saved. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

51:50

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ersan Gülüm.

51:49

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

50:56

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Tolga Zengin.

50:18

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

50:18

Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:38

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

47:41

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Atiba Hutchinson.

45:57

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 1, Besiktas 0.

45:00 +1:44 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Besiktas 0.

45:00 +0:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Besiktas 0. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

43:46

Attempt blocked. Ismail Köybasi (Besiktas) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oguzhan Ozyakup.

41:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:15

Delay in match Ramon (Besiktas) because of an injury.

36:22

Offside, Besiktas. Pedro Franco tries a through ball, but Demba Ba is caught offside.

35:42

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

35:42

Pedro Franco (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:55

Attempt missed. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

33:16

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

33:16

Olcay Sahan (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:50 Booking

Booking Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:42

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:42

Foul by Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas).

27:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:15

Delay in match Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) because of an injury.

26:15

Delay in match Ramon (Besiktas) because of an injury.

23:57

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

22:10 Booking

Booking Veli Kavlak (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card.

22:05

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:05

Foul by Ersan Gülüm (Besiktas).

21:04

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:04

Foul by Mustafa Pektemek (Besiktas).

17:59

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:59

Foul by Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas).

13:44 Booking

Booking Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

13:41

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

13:41

Olcay Sahan (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:16

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

11:16

Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:53

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

10:53

Demba Ba (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:37

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left.

8:13

Attempt missed. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

6:52

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:52

Foul by Ismail Köybasi (Besiktas).

3:38

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ramon.

1:56

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

1:56

Mustafa Pektemek (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:54

Attempt blocked. Demba Ba (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mustafa Pektemek.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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