Arsene Wenger learned many things after watching his team battle to a 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
He knows that David Ospina is a worthy backup to Petr Cech. He also knows his team can fight back after falling behind to an elite football team.
The Gunners’ performance wasn’t spectacular - they had Ospina to thank for a spirited display - but they got the point they need that sets them up nicely in their bid to win the group.
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Arsenal have got their hardest group game over with. They don’t have to face PSG again until the penultimate fixture of the opening stage, by which time they might have already booked their place in the last-16.
Olivier Giroud’s sending off was the only downside to an otherwise positive evening for the north London club.
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Wenger is hoping to snap a run of six straight seasons where the Gunners have failed to advance beyond the round-of-16 stage of Europe’s elite competition.
Arsenal will have to perform better if they wish to break that streak but with some new players still settling into the team, and youngsters like Hector Bellerin and Alex Iwobi gaining more and more experience in the Champions League, there’s no need to fear just yet.
Iwobi wasn't happy with his performance
Iwobi broke onto the scene last season when he started away to Barcelona in the Champions League before scoring in his first two Premier League stars.
The 20-year-old is one of the most exciting talents in Arsenal’s squad. That he was entrusted to start at the Parc des Princes shows Wenger’s confidence in him.
The Nigeria international was largely quiet last night until the 78th minute, when his shot on goal led to Alexis Sanchez’s equaliser.
And, no doubt eager to impress his manager, Iwobi took to Instagram after the game to criticise his own performance.
Set to a black background, he wrote: “HeadGone, Missed 2 Clear Cut Chances,” along with an unhappy face and a gun emoji.
You’ve got to admire the youngster’s honesty, although it would definitely be worth a senior figure in the dressing room, or Wenger, putting an arm around Iwobi’s shoulder. The last thing Arsenal need from one of the their brightest talents is a loss in confidence.
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