A shabby and complacent defensive performance by Arsenal’s back four allowed PSG to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat. Verrati’s own goal had left PSG on the back foot with the Gunners looking all set to finish top of the table and the setback has naturally left Arsene Wenger angry.
A top of the table finish would have meant facing a comparatively easy team in the round of 16. Wenger would have desired that considering their previous losses against clubs like Barcelona, Bayern Munich in the round of 16 after finishing second.
Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani’s early goal was cancelled out by Girourd’s penalty on the brink of half time with the complacent approach of the French giants proving fatal. The 60 th minute brought a twist in the tale with Marquinhos’s clearance deflecting off Verrati into the back of the net.
Emery brought Ben Arfa substituting Krychowiak in the 67th minute sending out a clear message of intent. Cavani squandered easy goal scoring opportunities which piled up pressure on Psg.
The Arsenal fans were jubilant at this glorious opportunity presented. Sadly, in spite of excellent goalkeeping by Ospina, PSG managed to score in the 77th minute.
Ben Arfa’s corner was headed into goal by Lucas who was marked poorly by Carl Jenkinson. The game finally ended 2-2 with the points split between the 2 sides.
Wenger was extremely annoyed at this defensive performance by his side which is evident from his comments,
“We had good spells in the game but we could not dominate,” Wenger told BBC Sport.
“My concern is that we were 2-1 up and allowed them to come back at us. It’s difficult to understand how easy we gave away a goal at a corner.
“You have to consider two things. The intensity we put in and the result. We gave a lot and we came back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 and then gave away an own goal.
“But we played a good side. We lack something in our creativity but we got a point. It might not be enough but you never know.”
The Gunners will no doubt be ruing missing out on this golden opportunity and will be hoping that PSG drop points in their last group stage against Ludogorets.
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