Arsenal already knew they were through to the Champions League knockout stages as group winners before a ball was even kicked at PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night, but they were still looking to end their group stage campaign on a high.
In the end they couldn’t get the win they were aiming for, but Eddie Nketiah’s fine first half goal was enough to earn them a 1-1 draw – with Yorbe Vertessen on target for the home side.
It was a decent result for Arsenal and one that Mikel Arteta was satisfied with. Speaking after the game, he said:
Top match, we made eight changes. There were good moments, there were moments we lacked that cohesion and timings especially in the way we pressed against a really good side, when you don’t get the timings right you have to defend awkward spaces and we had to do that a few times tonight which could have cost us the game. But the reality is we had some very good moments as well, I’m really happy with the attitude and behaviour of every single player, how they tried and in the end we could’ve won it with the chance of Leo and the goal that was disallowed.
In today’s episode of Inside Arsenal I look back at the draw and discuss all the big talking points from the game, including Arteta’s decision to not give any youngsters a run out during the contest, despite having Ethan Nwaneri, Reuell Walters and Lino Sousa on the bench.
I also give my thoughts on Arteta’s second half substitutions, Reiss Nelson’s excellent performance and also give my Arsenal player ratings.