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Paris Saint-Germain - Arsenal
Champions League - 13 September 2016
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- End of 2nd Half
FT: PSG 1-1 Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez struck late to rescue Arsenal as they secured a fortunate 1-1 draw at Paris Saint Germain in their Champions League Group A opener. Edinson Cavani gave the hosts an early lead but then wasted a series of chances to seal the triumph. The teams finished with 10-men as Verratti and Giroud saw red for second yellows while Ospina shone in goal for the Gunners to justify Wenger's decision to drop Cech. This is a great result for Arsenal in what is surely their most difficult fixture in Group A.
CLOSE! Marquinhos somehow fails to convert at the far post after Di Maria's right-wing corner had been flicked on!
- Red cardMarco VerrattiParis Saint-Germain
Didn't seem like much in the challenge...
- Red cardOlivier GiroudArsenal
TWO MEN OFF! A crazy finale! Giroud and Veratti both pick up second yellows and the teams will each finish with 10 men.
- Yellow cardThiago MottaParis Saint-Germain
Motta booked for a foul on Giroud.
No real pressure from the hosts. They look a bit lost now. Arsenal playing time down.
Four minutes added. Can PSG find a winner?
UPDATE: Seventh heaven for Barca against Celtic...
- Yellow cardOlivier GiroudArsenal
This will be a superb result for Arsenal if they can hold on here.
Infostrada stat: Sanchez scored his first CL away goal for Arsenal in his seventh away appearance for the club. His last CL away goal came almost four years ago, on 2 October 2012, when Barcelona won 2-0 at Benfica.
- OffMesut ÖzilArsenal
- OnMohamed ElnenyArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Elneny on for Ozil. Wenger hoping to see this out.
- OffSerge AurierParis Saint-Germain
- OnThomas MeunierParis Saint-Germain
PSG CHANGE: Aurier off, Meunier on.
It's all happening now. End to end. Iwobi with a chance on the left of the area but Areola makes a decent stop to keep it out.
Ospina produces more heroics! Cavani tries to round the keeper in the area but the Colombian gets a fine touch on it to divert it to safety.
- OffGrzegorz KrychowiakParis Saint-Germain
- OnJavier PastoreParis Saint-Germain
PSG CHANGE: Krychowiak off, Pastore on.
Arsenal very fortunate to still be in this. PSG and Cavani in particular only have themselves to blame.
A bit of a delay now as Ospina receives treatment after being caught by Di Maria.
- GoalAlexis SánchezArsenal
GOAL!!!! Arsenal are somehow level. Iwobi sees his thumping drive beaten away by Areola but Sanchez reacts and slams it into the corner from 10 yards out.
Oh dear Celtic... it's now 6-0 to Barca.
- OffAdrien RabiotParis Saint-Germain
- OnThiago MottaParis Saint-Germain
PSG CHANGE: Thiago Motta on for Rabiot.
Harsh but true!
For all of the talk about dropping Cech, you have to say Ospina has played well tonight.
GREAT SAVE! Ospina pulls off another super stop to deny Di Maria's rising drive from inside the area.
- OffFrancis CoquelinArsenal
- OnGranit XhakaArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Granit Xhaka on for Coquelin.
On another night this would be a hammering for Arsenal.
Cavani benefits from a ricochet off Koscielny to burst free into the box, but Ospina denies him once more with a superb stop.
Aurier is back on and straight into the action. He plays a few lovely one-touch passes with Di Maria and gets into the area, but Ospina is out to block.
Arsenal with a man advantage as Aurier receives treatment for a knock.
Areola easily gathers Cazorla's left-wing corner. No real pace on that delivery.
Marquinhos has been so good tonight. Iwobi bursts into the area on the left but the Brazilian covers it and makes a brilliant sliding challenge to avert the danger.
- OffAlex Oxlade-ChamberlainArsenal
- OnOlivier GiroudArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Giroud on for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Almost two! Aurier marauds down the right and clips it into the middle for Matuidi to arrive, but he can't convert under real pressure.
News that Barca have got FIVE against Celtic filters through as Giroud looks set to come on for the away side.
Man City v Moenchengladbach could be played tomorrow. A decision is due within the hour.
LATEST: Barca 4-0 Celtic. Iniesta.
Verratti and Aurier still shining bright out there.
Aurier rampages into the Arsenal box but his chest control is a tad heavy and he fizzes into the side netting on the stretch from a tight angle.
Much more end to end in this half.
PSG should be out of sight but Arsenal can still rescue it. Surely Wenger will make the change(s) before it's too late?
Arsenal counter... it's cut back for Coquelin from the right but the midfielder's venomous drive deflects over.
Di Maria is allowed to race clear onto Verratti's ball over the top. The Argentine runs into the box but decides to tumble under the pressure of Monreal. The referee waves away his appeal. Why didn't he take the shot?
Gunners becoming a bit more positive.
Much better from Arsenal following the break. Mind you, it isn't hard to improve on that first period.
LATEST: Barca 3-0 Celtic. Neymar.
PHOTO: Magnificent Marquinhos.
The superb Marquinhos is there to thump a header clear from the resulting corner.
A much better start to a half fro Arsenal. The Ox exchanges passes on the right of the area and dinks it into the middle for Alexis who sees his shot on the spin well blocked.
Verratti and Aurier sparkled for PSG in that first half. Same again or will the visitors respond?
KICK OFF! Arsenal restart the contest. No changes.
Will Wenger make changes?
Elsewhere in Group A, Ludogorets are leading 1-0 in Basel.
- End of 1st Half
HT: PSG 1-0 Arsenal. Cavani's goal inside the first minute separates the sides. The Gunners have been second best for long spells and should be trailing by a larger margin. Cavani's goal is the difference but he should have added to that with two other gilt-edged chances.
PSG have been vastly superior in this half. They should be at least two goals to the good. Arsene Wenger needs to think long and hard about how he is going to change this at the interval.
If the below stat is correct, it's quite shocking.
Di Maria's chipped pass over the top finds the run of Cavani who is left completely alone. The Uruguayan opts to go for a chest and volley but gets it all wrong. He had time to take a touch a compose himself there. Another left off for the visitors.
Enjoyed Aurier's display from right-back tonight. Fast and positive with an end product.
Aurier jinks inside and slides a pass in-behind for the diagonal run of Matuidi... but it's got too much on it and Ospina can collect.
Arsenal's corner comes to nothing. Set pieces have been their only hope in this half and the quality of delivery has not been good enough.
Aurier nods behind after Bellerin had bombed forward on a rare foray into the PSG half.
Di Maria curves the corner to the far post towards Marquinhos but the referee sees an infringement and Arsenal are off the hook.
Another corner for PSG. Verratti pulling the strings in midfield.
Cavani should have been doing this again.... Arsenal still in it as a result his howler of a miss.
It should be 2-0. Verratti slides a delightful pass in-behind for Cavani. It leaves Monreal stretching to cut it out and allows the forward to round Ospina before somehow firing a shot wide of the empty goal.
Maxwell is unfortunate as he looks for the give-and-go with Verratti. The full backs run is superb but the pass isn't quite up to the movement.
Arsenal fans not too happy with what they have seen in the opening half an hour.
DID YOU KNOW? Paris were 11 matches unbeaten (French Super Cup included) before going down 3-1 away to Monaco on 28 August. It meant that, for the first time in 16 months, PSG did not have at least a share of the Ligue 1 lead.
The set piece comes to nothing.
Mustafi forced to stab behind at full stretch after another PSG raid on the right.
Make that 2-0 Barca... Messi again... Meanwhile, Arsenal are improving but PSG remain a constant threat down that right side.
Sad times for Celtic fans. They have just missed a penalty in the Nou Camp.
Another 'fast goal' stat for you...
- Yellow cardFrancis CoquelinArsenal
Francis Coquelin harshly booked for catching Grzegorz Krychowiak in a 50-50.
A flurry of Arsenal corners... the last one sees Mustafi head well over under pressure.
Best moment for Arsenal. Monreal digs out a lovely chipped cross from the left for Oxlade Chamberlain, who nods it back across goal. Marquinhos is first to react and plants a firm defensive header behind with Alexis lurking.
Very impressive from PSG. The Gunners just haven't got going yet. You'd fancy it'll still be these two sides to progress from the group though. Elsewhere it's still 0-0 between Basel and Bulgarian side Ludogorets.
Di Maria clips a clever ball over the top for Cavani, but Ospina is fast off the mark to race out of his area and nod it to safety.
PHOTO: Cavani joy.
One thing's for sure, Cavani's strike was the fastest Arsenal have ever conceded in the CL (via Infostrada).
Arsenal with a rare corner that comes to nothing. Only one team in it.
PSG making fast starts to their last two CL campaigns it seems... Amused to see all the stat crunchers timing the goal at different numbers around the 40-second mark!
They'll be popular in Arsenal's hometown!
Ospina forced to back pedal and tip Di Maria's corner over the bar after the forward had looked to catch the stopper out as he crept off his line.
Harsh view on Mustafi's contribution in the opening 11 minutes or so...
Koscielny gets across to make a vital block after Adrien Rabiot had raced onto Angel Di Maria's delicious back heel.
Arsenal with a free kick 45 yards out. The delivery is poor. It doesn't get past the first man.
- Yellow cardMarco VerrattiParis Saint-Germain
Marco Verratti goes in the book for a late tackle on Coquelin.
Looks like we've settled on 46 seconds as the time of the goal. Arsenal still all over the show. PSG well on top at present.
VIDEO: Clinical Canvani opens the scoring.
Elsewhere, Lionel Messi has given Barca the lead against Celtic. Not a good opening for British teams tonight!
Arsenal shaky so far. Not a good start at all. They've got a lot of work to do to keep up their fine record in France from here.
That took just 42 seconds! Cavani netting his 18th in 37 CL appearances.
- GoalEdinson CavaniParis Saint-Germain
GOAL!!! PSG lead inside one minute. A lightning break down the right sees Serge Aurier cross for Cavani to guide a header into the far corner.
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KICK OFF! PSG get us underway.
It isn't just Arsenal's team selection coming under scrutiny...
Wenger bullish when quizzed about picking Ospina over Cech in his pre-match interview. He claims he has 'two world-class goalkeepers...' If Ospina doesn't perform he'll need a tin hat!
Not long until we get underway in all of tonight's CL matches. Who is going to emerge triumphant? Cast your votes now!
Arsenal legend Ian Wright is not happy that Cech is on the bench tonight!
Elsewhere, Manchester City's home clash with Borussia Moenchengladbach has been called OFF due to the terrible weather.
These two sides last locked horns in the now defunct Cup Winners Cup back in 1993-94. Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners on aggregate in a keenly-contested semi final.
Arsene Wenger is much-admired by the PSG owners and turned down the Paris Saint-Germain manager's job THREE times in recent years. Here's why from the horse's mouth: "I love where I am. I know well the owners but I feel always I remained loyal to Arsenal Football Club because I think it is a club that has the qualities I love."
More French than the French? Arsenal had more players in the France squad for Euro 2016 than their Paris opponents, with Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny both featuring. PSG's Blaise Matuidi played in every game as the hosts finished runners-up.
DID YOU KNOW? Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League for the 19th consecutive season, with only Real Madrid boasting a longer current streak of 20.
Arsene Wenger expects PSG to be a force - but reckons the loss of Zlatan has been a big blow. The Gunners boss said: "They will be continue to be the dominant team in France but they lost more than a player with Ibrahimovic. He was the leader, the captain, a charismatic carrier of the ambition of the club and it's always difficult to measure, when you lose a player of that stature, how big the damage is. At the moment they have also changed managers so they are trying to find their feet at the moment."
Here's Eurosport columnist, Paul Parker's views on how the PL sides will fare in this season's competition...
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Former Sevilla coach, Unai Emery hasn't had the greatest of starts to life in Paris but he is confident they will get it right very soon.
Obligatory UEFA teamsheet in all its glory.
Giroud has just made two appearances from the bench for the Gunners this season. Many felt he was pushing for a start tonight after impressing as a sub in the late triumph over the Saints, but it was not to be...
CONFIRMED TEAMS - PSG: Aréola; Aurier, Marquinhos, T Silva, Maxwell; Verratti, Krychowiak, Rabiot; Di Maria, Cavani, Matuidi... Subs: Trapp, Kimpembe, Lucas Moura, Motta, Pastore, Meunier, Jese. /// ARSENAL: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Iwobi, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis... Subs: Cech, Holding, Gibbs, Xhaka, Elneny, Lucas, Giroud.
Here's the Arsenal line-up. Surprisingly, David Ospina starts in goal for Arsenal. He replaces Petr Cech. Laurent Koscielny is fit to start despite suffering a facial injury in the weekend win over Southampton. The Frenchman partners summer signing, Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence. Alex Iwobi is also involved along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Olivier Giroud is once again on the bench.
It's back! Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the matchday one Champions League Group A clash between PSG and Arsenal at the Parc des Princes. Both sides have had mixed starts to 16-17 with their respective managers come under the spotlight. A win here will give one a real lift, while that glare will only intensify for the loser... It's a big night that pits two heavyweights against each other and it all gets underway at 19.45 BST. Team news next.