Alexis Sanchez snatches late equaliser for Arsenal against Paris Saint-Germain
Alexis Sanchez snatched a late equaliser as Arsenal drew 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes tonight.
Alexis has now scored four and assisted five of Arsenal’s last 14 Champions League goals (64%).
The Gunners went a goal down after 42 seconds. Edison Cavani rose unchallenged on the six yard box to head a cross from Serge Aurier past David Ospina.
Arsenal were outplayed for most of the match, but Alexis Sanchez fired home in the seventy-eighth minute to earn the Gunners an unlikely point in their opening Champions League group fixture.
Olivier Giroud and Marco Verratti were sent of in injury time for an off the ball clash. Giroud was also sent off in Matchday 1 of the Champions League last season.
Arsene Wenger dropped Petr Cech to the bench in favour of David Ospina.
After the shock of conceding in the first minute of the match, Ospina went on to produce a man of the match performance to keep Arsenal in the match.
Adrien Rabiot almost doubled the PSG lead in the 10th minute, after being played through by Angel Di Maria, but Lauent Koscielny blocked his shot for a corner.
PSG continued to dominate as Arsenal couldn’t keep possession to get a foothold in the match
Di Maria almost directly from the corner kick in the 12th minute, but Ospina managed to palm the goal-bound effort away.
Nach Monreal’s break down the left in the twenty-second minute created Arsenal’s best moment of the first-half, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain meeting his cross but his header was blocked behind for a corner.
Ospina then had to head the ball in the nineteenth minute away outside his penalty area as Cavani with Cavani closing him down.
Cavani then should have scored in the thirty-fourth minute after rounding Ospina, but screwed his shot wide of the goal.
Arsenal srarted the second half with more purpose, with Alexis having a shot blocked in the forty-sixth minute. Francis Coquelin then had a shot charged down and cleared for a corner.
On fifty-three minutes Di Maria, was sent clear by Marco Verratti, but he bobbled the ball wide of the goal.
PSG continued to be the far more dangerous side with the impressive Aurier breaking again down right in the sixty-third and crossing, but Matuidi sent his shot high over the crossbar.
Aurier was then sent through in the sixty-seventh minute, but his shot was blocked by Ospina.
Ospina then blocked Cavani in the 69th minute when the scorer of the opening goal was through on goal.
Di Maria was the next to be denied by Ospina, with the Colombian making up for his poor clearance by tipping the Argentinian’s shot over the bar.
Completely against the run of play, Arsenal equalised in the seventy-eighth minute Areola couldn’t hold Alex Iwobi’s fierce shot, after being set up by Ozil, and Alexis fired the ball into the net.
Ospina was again called upon in the keep out Cavani in the 80th minute
Alexis then set up Iwobi in the eighty-third minute as the Gunners went in search of an unlikely win, but Areola pushed his shot away.
Marquinhos missed the final chance to give PSG the win when he headed wide at the far post in the final minute of injury time.
So a point for the Gunners in Matchday 1. Basel and Ludogorets also drew 1-1 in the other match in the group.
Arsenal: Ospina 9, Bellerin 6, Monreal 6, Koscielny 7, Mustafi 7, Coquelin 6 (Xhaka), Cazorla 7, Oxlade-Chamberlain 5 (Giroud), Iwobi 6, Ozil 5 (Elneny), Alexis 6