PSG 1-1 Arsenal


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Well, this was a game we produced a floodlight robbery by snatching a point we didn’t deserve. But how many times we have seen this type of thing happening against us, maybe lady luck has started smiling towards us at last.

Arsenal travelled to Paris as big underdogs looking to open their Champions League campaign with a win but left the pitch, very grateful for a point – an away point against the strongest team in our group.

It was a very strange formation Arsenal deployed for the game; out of our two central midfielders it was Coquelin who roamed forward and Cazorla was the one who sat back and played a defensive midfield role. With Ox and Iwobi playing as the other two side midfielders PSG midfielders, especially Veratti had a field day and should have won the game by half time.

At halftime me and probably most of Gunner Kingdom were hoping  for Arsene Wenger to make some changes but it was more of the same as we struggled all over the pitch until the expected substitutions started after 60 minutes.

First Giroud came in for Oxlade-Chamberlain which allowed Alexis to move to side and do his thing, followed by much needed change of Xhaka for Coquelin that meant Cazorla playing in a more familiar role and doing his thing… and suddenly it was a different game.

We started giving as much as we got and before long Alexis did his thing and scored an equalizer after some great work by otherwise subdued Ozil. He was subsequently replaced by Elneny to close the chapter.

Big shout goes to Man of the match Ospina who produced a string of saves that kept us in the game. Seeing his name on the team sheet was another surprise but at least AW got that decision right.

Ratings:

Ospina 8.5, Bellerin 6, Mustafi 6, Koscielny 6, Monreal 5.5, Iwobi (84) 5.5, Cazorla 7, Coquelin (79) 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain (63) 5, Ozil 6, Alexis 7

Substitutes: Cech, Holding, Gibbs, Elneny (84) 5.5, Xhaka (79) 6.5, Lucas, Giroud (63) 5.5

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