Six surprising things that happened during Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain

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You couldn’t blame Arsenal fans for not exactly getting excited for this season’s Champions League.

The Gunners have crashed out of the last-16 round in the previous six campaigns and haven’t come anywhere near winning it since reaching the final back in 2006.

And they would have been dreading it even more when they found themselves 1-0 down in just 42 seconds during their opening fixture against Paris Saint-Germain.

Serge Aurier was given space to maraud down the right before supplying a perfect cross for Edinson Cavani to head home past David Ospina.

At that stage, Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal supporters must have been fearing the worst.

However, they managed to recover from their early setback to earn a point after Alexis Sanchez’s 78th-minute equaliser.

While a 1-1 draw wasn’t particularly a surprising result, there were plenty of things that occurred throughout the night that did surprise us. Therefore, we’ve highlighted six things that made us raise our eyebrows during the fixture in Paris.

Arsene Wenger selected David Ospina over Petr Cech

Arsenal fans will remember when their French boss picked the Colombian for last season’s Champions League clash against Olympiakos when Ospina had an absolute nightmare. He scored a terrible own goal from a corner during a 3-2 defeat. Arsenal supporters couldn’t quite believe that Wenger fielding him for their toughest fixture in the group.

David Ospina’s unbelievable performance

While we’re on the subject of Ospina, we must mention his incredible display. The ‘keeper kept Arsenal in the match with a series of brilliant stops - many of which came from Cavani. If supporters were questioning Wenger for picking Ospina before the match, they were praising him afterwards.

Arsene Wenger snubs Granit Xhaka, again

You’d think that a tough away trip against PSG would be the perfect game to play your £35 million solid midfielder. Instead, the Frenchman went for Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla with Xhaka being introduced in the 71st-minute.

Wenger is persisting with Alexis Sanchez as a forward

The Chilean begun the match as a striker and, once again, proved that he isn’t one. Thiago Silva and Marquinhos had Sanchez in their pocket, with Sanchez being limited by being made to play down the middle.

He looked a different player when Wenger brought on Olivier Giroud and popped up with the equaliser. Wenger needs to stop playing Sanchez as a striker. Simple as.

Edinson Cavani missed chance after chance

While some consider the Uruguayan striker as over-rated, there is no doubt that he is a prolific goalscorer. Well, he’s supposed to be. He missed a hatful of chances - including an open goal in the first-half - and should have secured the three points for his side long before Sanchez equalised. He’s no Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Nacho Monreal looked out of his depth

Many consider Monreal as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League - but he struggled massively against PSG. It was down his side that Arsenal conceded within a minute with Serge Aurier and Angel di Maria causing him all sorts of problems. Could Kieran Gibbs be pushing for a recall to the side?

All in all, Arsenal have got to be satisfied with a point that they scarcely deserved. They have Ospina to thank for the respectable 1-1 draw and Wenger will be thankful that his selection didn’t backfire.

The Gunners will be hoping to make lighter work of their next two Champions League opponents - Basel and Ludogorets as they attempt to progress further than the last-16.

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