UEFA Champions League Review / Arsenal-PSG

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Paris Saint Germain arrived at the Emirates Stadium Wednesday night with one goal in mind: to grab the three points and take control of Group A in the Champions League. The sides came into the match with two matches remaining, with both deadlocked at ten points apiece. Arsenal came into the match after a lucky 1-1 draw with Manchester United on the weekend, with Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute equalizer being the only shot on goal the Gunners had all afternoon. PSG defeated FC Nantes on the weekend, with Angel di Maria and Jese Rodriguez scoring the two goals to earn the three points. The main story-line heading into the match was an unusual one. In September, PSG star right back Serge Aurier was given a two-month suspended prison sentence, after he was accused of assaulting a police officer. Days before the Arsenal match, PSG was told Aurier would not be able to make the trip for the crucial match, as UK authorities were not allowing him into the country, because of the September incident.

PSG controlled the game early on through the midfield of Gregorz Krychowiak, Thiago Motta, and Marco Verratti. The three controlled the pace of the game in the first half. 18 minutes in, Blaise Matuidi was played through, and snuck a ball across the box to the foot of in-form striker Edinson Cavani, and it was 1-0 to PSG. The half continued to play on at a slow pace, until Alexis Sanchez was clipped by Krychowiak in the box on 45 minutes, and the Gunners were awarded a penalty. Giroud put it home for his second in as many matches and it was game on. The sides entered the half at one all.

15 minutes into the second half, a crazy sequence gave Arsenal a 2-1 lead. A ball played into the area bounced around, and deflected off Verratti into the net, and the PSG keeper Areola had no chance. Arsenal would grow more into the game, and had things under control, until a corner kick to PSG on 76 minutes. Substitute Hatem Ben Arfa whipped a ball in, Lucas Moura got his head on it, and it was all even. It was all PSG from thereon, as an abundance of chances fell to Cavani. The match ended 0-0 and the sides were still even on points at the end of the night.

Arsenal will travel to face FC Basel on December 6th in their last group stage match. PSG will host Ludogorets.

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