·21 September 2023
·21 September 2023
If ever there was a half of football that epitomised an emphatic return to the summit of European competition, it was Arsenal’s first 45 minutes. An attack-minded PSV were gracefully pushed aside as the Gunners capitalised on every opportunity that came their way.
Bukayo Saka was quick to etch his name onto the scorecard, capitalising on a Walter Benitez parry just eight minutes in. The young dynamo proved once again that he’s a talent to watch. But the celebration was far from over. Leandro Trossard, not to be outdone, painted a beautiful picture as he slotted a perfectly placed shot into the corner, doubling Arsenal’s lead. Gabriel Jesus then continued the theme of the evening, dancing his way through the penalty box before finally dispatching the ball home, giving the Gunners a comfortable 3-0 lead by half-time.
“Game, set and match before half-time.”
The energy was different in the second half; while it wasn’t the same relentless Arsenal, their control was absolute. Martin Odegaard, the Norwegian maestro, found himself with an opportunity to strike from distance, and strike he did. With precision, power, and a touch of finesse, he sealed Arsenal’s fourth and final goal.
Mikel Arteta, demonstrating astute match awareness, rotated his key assets, ensuring their freshness for the looming Tottenham challenge in the Premier League.
Substitutes: A notable shoutout to Fabio Vieira, who in his limited minutes, showcased why he’s an asset Arteta will surely value.
Mikel Arteta – 8/10: The strategist of the evening, his tactics were impeccable, showcasing a perfect blend of attack and defence.
Player of the match: Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
This Champions League night will long be remembered, a night when Arsenal announced their return with authority, skill, and passion.
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