Ozil, Vieira & more: Twitter reacts as Arsenal edge past Besiktas

Mesut Özil and Patrick Vieira tweet their thoughts after Arsenal are 1-0 winners against Besiktas in Champions League play-off tie

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil Photo: Mesut Ozil/Twitter

Alexis Sanchez fired Arsenal into the Champions League group stage after the £35m signing scored his first Gunners goal to seal a 1-0 victory over Besiktas.

The Chile international produced an instinctive finish after good work from Jack Wilshere to hand the north London side a 45th-minute lead, although the Gunners had to dig deep after Mathieu Debuchy’s second-half sending off at The Emirates.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order as Arsene Wenger’s side were 1-0 winners in their Champions League play-off tie.

Suspended Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) wishes his team-mates all the best: “Good luck tonight guys, finish the job off! #ChampionsLeague #AFC”

Former Gunners defender Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) is hoping for an easy night – before accepting a strike on the stroke of half-time: “Nice early goal would help please… oh ok a late goal then!”

England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) reckons the Chilean has paid back his £35m fee: “Sanchez may well have paid off his transfer fee!”

Southampton icon Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) hails Sanchez’s first Gunners goal: “Excellent goal the Gooners 1 up Sanchez”

Liverpool legend Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) is happy to see Gunners in the Champions League group stage: “Phew!!! Great to have 4 English teams in The Champions League. Sanchez probably pays back his transfer fee in one swing of his leg!”

Injured Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs) hails his team-mates: “Massive result!! Well done boys #COYG”

Club-record signing Mesut Özil ‏(@MesutOzil1088) is thrilled to reach the group stage despite a nervy win: “As I said before: winning – no matter how! #phew #CL #COYG #AFC”

Finally, Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira ‏(@OfficialVieira): “Congratulations to @Arsenal and Arsene Wenger for their impressive 17th CL qualification in a row”

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