MOHAMED ELNENY’S Besiktas career got off to a rocky start as he saw red for booting an opponent.
The Arsenal loanee is trying to kick-start his career in Turkey but may have taken it too literally.
With his 10-man side trailing 2-0, Elneny was caught by Olarenwaju Kayode’s elbow and lashed out in retaliation.
Both men were sent off before Gazisehir Gaziantep scored to take a 3-0 lead.
Besiktas, who also saw Domagoj Vida sent off, rallied and struck twice in the last 10 minutes but could not manage an equaliser.
Elneny’s loan deal includes an option to buy, should his spell prove fruitful.
Unai Emery has never been a fan of the Egyptian, affording him just eight appearances in the Premier League last season.
Elneny cost Arsenal just £5million when arriving from Swiss club Basel in January 2016.
In total, the 27-year-old made 89 appearances for the Gunners, scoring twice.
Emery turned to Spain to fill a creative hole in his midfield, with Dani Ceballos arriving on loan.
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