The latest edition of the Champions League began again last night, with several mouthwatering games in the offing for footballing fans all over the globe. Perhaps the biggest glamour tie saw Arsenal head to the French capital to take on a Paris Saint-Germain without Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line since he decided to move to Manchester United.
As the game kicked off, things started with a bang as we saw the first goal within forty seconds. Paris Saint-Germain started the game on the attack as Angel di Maria sped down the right wing and delivered a beauty of a cross for Edinson Cavani, who headed the ball past David Ospina in the Arsenal net with the minimum degree of fuss.
For the most part, it was an extremely one-sided affair with Unai Emery’s men often on the front-foot. Paris’ blistering pace on the wings proved to be a real problem for Arsene Wenger’s side, as chances galore were created for their Uruguayan striker, who just couldn’t add to his tally.
In the second 45, Arsenal improved. They seemed to get to grips with the pace of the game, and began to threaten on the counter-attack. Alex Iwobi looked sharp, and as you would imagine, Alexis Sanchez did too. It was the latter who finally forced the equaliser with an excellent finish as we approached the last twenty minutes of the game.
Another talking point came late on, as Marco Veratti and Olivier Giroud tangled as they both went for the ball. The pair weren’t keen on getting up and moving on though, and decided to kick out at each other, resulted in them both seeing red as the game drew to a close.
When all was said and done, Arsenal had to be supremely pleased with the draw they have gained. On paper, PSG away will be their hardest fixture in the group and they’ve got a point on the board early despite the poor performance. It certainly puts the North-London club in an excellent position in the group, and if they go on to win the games they are expected to, qualification looks a certainty.
Arsene Wenger’s men always seem to find a result when they need it most, and once again, the Frenchman did that for his team once again. We’ve seen it before, but The Gunners tend to improve as the season goes on. Could we be seeing a side capable of challenging for both domestic and European titles?
As you’d imagine, Arsenal fans on the ‘Twitterverse’ were very pleased with the result, and rightly so:
Arsenal’s official feed clearly weren’t too happy about conceding so early on, though:
Opposing fans couldn’t help but brand them lucky, however: