Three things we learnt from Arsenal's 1-1 draw at PSG
In what promised to be one of the most exciting games of the Champions League group stages on paper, Arsenal traveled to Paris to face up against Paris Saint-Germain in a tough opening fixture in a group also containing FC Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad.
The action kicked off immediately, with Edinson Cavani capping off a fine counter-attacking move within 46 seconds of the ball rolling to give his side an early lead. The first half was almost total domination from the French side, and in truth they could have been heading down the tunnel at half-time with a convincing lead had they been more clinical in front of goal.
Neither side is really yet to get going in their domestic leagues, and it showed as both failed to make chances count, but Alexis Sanchez’s strike on the rebound was enough to bring the scores back level for the Gunners, even if it was entirely undeserved based on the preceding 78 minutes of action.
Despite the creativity of Angel Di Maria and Santi Cazorla creating chances galore, the scores remained level with some poor finishing from both sides, leading to the only remaining piece of notable action being the sending off of both Marco Veratti and Olivier Giroud after an off-the-ball altercation in the dying moments of the game.
Over the next few pages, here is what we learned from the game…