PSG held by Saint-Etienne ahead of UCL clash with Arsenal
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were held to a 1-1 draw by Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 at the Parc des Princes on Friday night.
PSG had taken the lead through a Lucas’ penalty in the 67th minute, with Beric equalising for Saint-Etienne in the third minute of injury time.
The result leaves PSG in seventh place in the Ligue 1 table with seven points after four matches (2 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat). An identical set of results as Arsenal have had in the Premier League.
Speaking after Friday’s match PSG coach Unai Emery was already looking forward to tomorrow’s opening Champions League fixture with Arsenal.
It will be Emery’s first UEFA Champions League game as PSG coach following his appointment in the summer. It will be his fifth Champions League campaign and he will be hoping to build on his UEFA Europa League trophy wins with Sevilla.
“The Champions League starts in a few days now. Everyone is very motivated for this match. We hope to enjoy a good competition, starting on Tuesday against Arsenal.
Arsenal are our biggest rival (in the group). They are a big club with a great coach and great players. This is an opportunity for us to work hard and experience a great football moment.”
On the other opponents in the group Ludogorets and FC Basel, Emery added.
“I know our opponents well because Valencia played Ludogorets in 2014 (1-0, 3-0) and I played Basel when I was with Sevilla, last March, before winning the Europa League final in their Stadium. It’s a solid group and all four teams deserve to be in the Champions League.”
It will be the first time that PSG and Arsenal will have met in a competitive match since Gunners eliminated Les Rouge et Bleu in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final.
Arsenal have also won their last seven European matches in France.