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Monday 20 November 2017

PSG v Arsenal - Story of the match

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal started their Champions League campaign with a respectable draw against Paris St Germain with Alexis Sanchez scoring a late equaliser at the Parc des Princes as both sides finished with 10 men.

The Gunners got off to the worst possible start when Edinson Cavani headed the hosts ahead inside a minute but he would go on to waste a number of gilt-edged opportunities before Sanchez struck to snatch a 1-1 draw.

There was late drama as Arsenal substitute Olivier Giroud tangled with Marco Verratti in an off-the-ball incident which saw them both sent off by referee Viktor Kassai.


"Cavani's just chucked his shirt into the kit skip in the changing room, but Ospina managed to get a fingertip to it & now it's on the floor" - The Daily Telegraph journalist Sam Wallace.


David Ospina

A surprise inclusion from Arsene Wenger who left first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech on the bench, Ospina shone with a number of crucial saves. The Colombian came into the Arsenal side for the first two Champions League games last season but was caught out as they lost to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos. This time, however, he was superb and justified his selection as he won what became a personal duel with Edinson Cavani.


Ospina's selection was not the only one to raise eyebrows before kick-off. Big-money summer signing Granit Xhaka was again on the bench, as was fellow new arrival Lucas Perez and Olivier Giroud.

But Wenger will be pleased to end what is likely to be the most difficult game in Group A with a share of the spoils.


Cavani had opened the scoring with a towering header, but was guilty of missing a number of chances to put the game beyond Arsenal. The worst of those came in the first half as he beat Laurent Koscielny to a loose ball and rounded Ospina before firing wide of an open goal.


David Ospina 8

Hector Bellerin 6

Shkodran Mustafi 5

Laurent Koscielny 6

Nacho Monreal 5

Francis Coquelin 5

Santi Cazorla 6

Alex Iwobi 5

Mesut Ozil 5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 5

Alexis Sanchez 7


Olivier Giroud (for Oxlade-Chamberlain) 4

Granit Xhaka (for Coquelin) 5

Mohamed Elneny (for Ozil) 5


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