We were undone by an early and a late goal at The Emirates on Wednesday night and it now looks like we’ll end up finishing second in the group following the 2-2 draw with PSG.
PSG took an early lead with a Cavani goal, poking home from a Matuidi centre. On the stroke of half time Alexis Sanchez was tripped (just) and Olivier Giroud stepped up to calmly slot home the penalty for 1-1 at half time.
Cavani and Ramsey clashed, Cavani lashing out at the Welshman, but it turned out to be handbags at ten paces. Giroud had a ‘quiet word’ with Cavani at half time in the tunnel, nice to see some camaraderie and him sticking up for his team mates.
Second half, and we continued to press but couldn’t find the killer ball, nor a shot on goal, and it was ultimately an own goal which saw us sneak in front, fairly undeservedly it has to be said, two goals, one penalty and an OG.
Then with just 13 minutes left, Alex Iwobi got a glancing header on a Moura shot which put the ball in the back of our own net to make it 2-2.
PSG continued to press for a winner, but despite Cavani and co’s best efforts, the game ended in a draw.
Arsene Wenger was philosophical about the result, and doesn’t think things are quite cut and dried just yet:
“At the moment we are second, but it’s not over, but if we do finish there, you can’t guess whether that’s good or bad. You have to wait for the draw…”
So, this means we have to better PSGs result on the final matchday to top the group, and as they are playing Ludogorets at home, this doesn’t look very likely with an away trip to Basel for us.
However, this season Bayern Munich and Real Madrid look likely to finish second in their groups, so it may work out better for us for a change (cue usual draw with Barcelona then). We can still face, Barca, Napoli/Benfica/Besiktas, Atletico Madrid, Monaco (snigger…), Dortmund/Real Madrid or Juve/Sevilla, so realistically there’s no easy games there for us, however with everyone fit and firing who knows, we could beat anyone on our day.
Positives: We’re unbeaten in November, despite playing pretty awfully for the games against Spurs, United and PSG.
Negatives: We look poor without Santi Cazorla, everyone looks tired and we can’t see to find that creative spark.
Next up a visit to Bournemouth, then next week it’s League Cup action, so hopefully a chance to rest some first teamers.
Anyway, who cares about finishing second, at least we’re through, unlike some.