Arsenal fans must have have been looking forward to this season’s Champions League.
The Gunners have crashed out at the last-16 stage in six consecutive seasons and would have been praying that they could finally go further than that this time around.
However, it was always going to be tough against French champions Paris Saint-Germain in their opening fixture of this campaign.
Arsene Wenger bizarrely opted for David Ospina in the Arsenal goal, rather than Petr Cech for the match in Paris and the Colombian goalkeeper was picking the ball out of his net after just 42 seconds.
Serge Aurier whipped in the cross from the right and Edinson Cavan produced a brilliant header to give his side the perfect start. But where was the defence?
Check out the goal below:
The header was the quickest goal Arsenal have conceded in their Champions League history and meant they were right up against it against PSG.
If Wenger’s men do lose against their French opposition, they will hope they can recover against their other Group A opponents in Basel and Ludogorets.
How the Arsenal players react to conceding such an early goal remains to be seen, though as they attempt to salvage something from the game.
Before the match, Wenger insisted that his side were far more equipped for this season’s competitions than in previous years.
“I was used to playing with younger squads because, when you build a new ground like the Emirates Stadium, you don’t have the resources,” said Wenger.
“Now I have a team with more experienced players. There are exceptions, obviously, but the majority of the squad is basically between 24 and 30 in age. That’s where you have a good combination of physical strength and experience.
“They are not 19 or 20 years old. This is one of my strongest squads, certainly.”
Well, they will now need to show their strength after getting off to the worst possible start in the Champions League.
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