Arsenal drew 2-2 with Paris Saint-Germain in a thrilling encounter at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners struggled in a first half that saw PSG dominate midfield and the ball. Arsenal’s lack of pressing was apparent in the first-half as they sat off their French opponents and allowed PSG to play in their half.
PSG were rewarded for the dominance when Edison Cavani put the French side ahead after a cross from Blaise Matuidi. Arsenal responded on the stroke of half-time when Alexis Sanchez won a penalty, which was dispatched with ease by Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal came out for the second-half an improved team, closing PSG down at every opportunity. The North London side were rather fortunate when a ball in the box played pinball and found its way into the net via Marco Verratti. The 2-2 draw sees PSG go top of the group on head to head, after two away goals to Arsenal’s one.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings after another disappointing performance.
David Ospina: 6.5/10
The Colombian had no chance with either goals and was ultimately let down by his defence. He made some good saves when PSG countered but overall it was a reasonably average performance.
Carl Jenkinson: 6/10
The returning right-back suffered in the first-half as PSG dominated but put in a more accomplished performance in the second-half. With Bellerin out, Arsenal will need Jenkinson to step up, especially in attack. Bellerin is essential to Arsenal going forward due to his pace and this is something didn’t really offer to Arsenal against PSG.
Laurent Koscielny: 7/10
The Frenchman is an ever present wall for the Gunners and put in another solid performance. Arsenal’s defence had a slight shaky night but in the midst of that Koscielny was once again solid, albeit that PSG did score two goals.
Skhodran Mustafi: 6/10
Cavani’s movement constantly caused Mustafi problems. For the first goal, Mustafi neglected to track Matuidi’s run, thus leading to PSG’s first goal. Mustafi has shown some errors in the last few weeks, he’ll need to eradicate these.
Kieran Gibbs: 6/10
Got forward and back well but couldn’t contain Lucas who was brilliant for PSG. Not the best game for Gibbs.
Francis Coquelin: 5/10
Gave the ball away too many times in the first-half, which saw pressure poured onto the Gunners in the opening 20 minutes. Coquelin is in the team for his defensive ability but against PSG he provided no cover for the back four. With the ball Coquelin offered nothing and gave no foundation to start Arsenal’s attacks from.
Aaron Ramsey: 7.5/10
Arsenal’s ‘Man of the Match’ produced superb tackles and got forward well to attempt to link with the attackers. In a game where there wasn’t much quality, Ramsey was one of the few Arsenal players that produced anything of worth. Althoug at times he wandered from his position, Ramsey was easily Arsenal’s best player on the night.
Alex Iwobi: 5/10
The teenager has fallen off after a brilliant start to the season. He did threaten PSG with his pace and dribbling but was very indecisive in the final third. The youngster was also at fault for PSG’s second goal after he reacted poorly to Lucas’ header and deflected the ball into the goal.
Mesut Ozil: 5.5/10
Anonymous in game were Arsenal could’ve really used him. The German lacks influence in games were the Gunners don’t have the ball. He seems to be going through a bad patch of form at the moment.
Alexis Sanchez: 7/10
His runs in behind were threatening, one of which led to Arsenal’s penalty. It was a slightly conspicuous decision but there was contact. On the wing, he was slightly less prominant that he has been centrally.
Olivier Giroud: 6/10
Scored Arsenal’s penalty but could really get into the game. He was intended to be a focal point for Arsenal’s attacks but Arsenal didn’t adjust to his style of play. Moreover, Giroud was often left without support, thus he couldn’t really get into the game and affect it.
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