Arsenal's defending vs PSG summed up by incredible statistic

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Arsene Wenger will have hoped for a much better start to Arsenal's Champions League campaign.

Within 42 seconds his side were 1-0 down against Paris Saint-Germain following Serge Aurier's cross and Edinson Cavani's smart headed finish.

It didn't get much better for Arsenal as the half rolled on, with chances few and far between and their opponents creating a number of clear-cut opportunities but, fortunately, spurning them.


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In fact, they were lucky to enter the break losing by just a single goal.

One statistic summed up just how poor the Gunners were in the first 45 minutes, though - from a defensive stand point anyway.

Incredibly, not one of Arsenal's defenders won a single tackle following Cavani's opener, despite the fact they were under pressure for the vast majority of the half.

Worse still, their defensive midfielder, Francis Coquelin, didn't win one challenge either. It's no wonder PSG were able to craft so many chances.

It makes for worrying reading that Arsenal's defence were unable to get anywhere near their opponents considering how Wenger believes his side are ready to challenge in the Champions League.

Here's what he said prior to Tuesday night's clash: "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.

"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. And certainly one of the oldest as well.

"I always believed we had a chance, even when we had young players but, certainly, I haven’t had a squad of players [like this] for a long time; full of players who have enough experience to compete."

Their showing against PSG suggests otherwise.

Arsenal would eventually find an equaliser from their first shot on target in the 78th minute, with Alexis Sanchez the scorer.

Wenger will be happy with a point but will need his defence to improve considerably when PSG arrive at the Emirates Stadium in late November.

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