Champions League: PSG 1 vs Arsenal 1 Lacklustre Gunners escape with point from Paris
Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain both ended their Match Day 1 UEFA champions league match in Paris with a point apeice as Edinson Cavani emerged as the biggest culprit missing several good chances that should have put the fumbling Londoners away in the first half. The Group A fixture was the standout one in this round of games as fans relished the possibility of two European heavyweights delivering the kind of quality encounter the players in their ranks boasted.
The game couldn’t have begun better for the hosts as Edinson Cavani glanced PSG ahead after 42 seconds and should have had a hat-trick before half-time, firing wide after rounding David Ospina before slipping to fluff a simple finish. On the other hand Arsenal began the game in terrible fashion unable to muster a single shot on goal in the entire first half.
The gunners starting line up saw Ospina in Goal, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny and Mustafi in defence. Midfield saw Coquelin and Carzola keep their places from the Weekend with Ozil completing the trio. The front three comprised Youngster Alex Iwobi, Oxlade Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez upfont. The visitors looked out of sorts, sloppy in Possesion with Chamberlain the biggest offender. Ozil again looked quiet in large stretches of the game and Sanchez cut a lone figure upfront unable to make any impact.
The first time Ospina touched the ball was to pick it out of his net. But no-one could blame the Colombian this time. Arsenal would have been buried without him. He was Let down by woeful defending by Mustafi who lost his man as full back Aurier delivered a pin-point cross.
In midfield Arsenal struggled to get close to PSG’s midfield runners in the sweltering heat. Coquelin and Carzola were in the early stages overan by Verrati, Rabiot and Krychiowak.
The gunners weathered the storm credit to them and went in at the break just 1 goal down when in fairness it could well have been 4.
The second half saw no changes on either side but the visitors started much better and began to press their Hosts high up the pitch while keeping possesion better than they did in the previous half. Alex Iwobi began pulling the strings more and kept PSG on the back foot. There were 12 minutes to go when Arsenal equalised with what was their first shot on target all game. Mesut Ozil did his best work of the night with a brilliant disguised pass to set up Alex Iwobi whose powerful shot was saved by PSG goal keeper Areola. The ball rebounded straight to Alexis Sanchez who wasted no time in firing the gunners level. The hosts looked stunned as Arsenal never looked at all in the game.
With Confidence up, Arsenal might have snatched an unlikely lead on a counter attack, When young midfielder Iwobi probably should have done better when his low shot was palmed away by Areola after being set up in the 83rd minute. Olivier Giroud a 63rd minute substitute came in and earned his marching orders after 2 bizzare bookable offences. The last one was after a nothing clash with Verrati. He will miss the home game on match day2 versus Basel.
So it definitely was Arsenal coming out of that game the happier team as they look to finish group A as leaders.