Arsenal recovered from a disastrous start to secure a 1-1 draw in Paris. Edinson Cavani put the hosts ahead within 50 seconds but Alexis Sanchez found the net to rescue a point in the second half.
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Match: PSG v Arsenal
Stadium: Parc des Princes
Kick Off (GMT): Tue Sep 13 19:45
Arsenal couldn’t have got off to a worse start. PSG took the lead when Serge Aurier broke down the right hand side and put in an excellent cross for Edinson Cavani. The forward had an incredible amount of space in the box and headed past David Ospina. The first half was a real horror show for the Gunners. The defence was constantly out of position and the midfield couldn’t keep the ball well enough to construct an attack. PSG should’ve been two or three goals up at half time as Edinson Cavani missed a number of clear chances to add comfort to the home side.
Arsenal started the second half a little better. The game was played far more in the PSG half after the break but the home side countered extremely well and would’ve scored a bucket load of goals but for David Ospina. It was a controversial decision to play the Colombian ahead of Petr Cech but Arsene Wenger was certainly vindicated. He seemed to make half a dozen saves on Edinson Cavani to keep the scoreline at 1-0 which proved important. Arsenal got back into the match when Mesut Ozil found Alex Iwobi in the box. The youngster’s shot was saved well but Alexis Sanchez followed up and powered in the rebound extremely well. Iwobi missed a golden chance ten minutes later when he couldn’t find the power in his shot to find the far corner.
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GK) David Ospina – 7.5 (MOTM)
Difficult to blame him for the first PSG goal and he was Arsenal’s best player. David Ospina did well to claw an Angel Di Maria corner away in the first half and smothered the ball well to stop both Cavani and Aurier in the second. However he was in no man’s land when Cavani took it past him for the open goal miss which was perhaps the one blot on his performance.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 6
He wasn’t the worst Arsenal player on the pitch but Hector Bellerin has certainly played better. He defended well and helped keep the score civil.
CB) Laurent Koscielny – 5
The centre back has had an excellent season so far but this was one to forget. Koscielny was nowhere to be seen for the first PSG goal after missing an interception on the halfway line and failing to get back in time. He improved as the game went on but that early mistake was unforgivable.
CB) Shkodran Mustafi – 6
He was a little unfortunate for the first goal. Mustafi was clearly frustrated with his defensive partner and it’s difficult to blame him. The German was good in the tackle, excellent in the air but does need to improve his ability on the ball. He grew into the match and looks very solid at times, if a little erratic at others.
LB) Nacho Monreal – 5
He’s had better matches for Arsenal and perhaps should’ve done better for the opening goal. He had a difficult evening defending against Angel Di Maria and the marauding Serge Aurier at full back.
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