Arsenal players react to Alex Iwobi's mistake on the bench

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Alex Iwobi’s own-goal against Paris Saint-Germain has left Arsenal looking at yet another second-place finish in their Champions League group.

The Gunners were leading 2-1 when the youngster inadvertently headed the ball past David Ospina into his own net after Lucas Moura’s initial header.

As a 20-year-old, it must have been tough for the winger to deal with his mistake knowing that he had denied a vital victory.

However, the Arsenal players realised their need to try and comfort Iwobi and did just that when he was substituted.

The impressive youngster looked dejected when he was soon taken off after his own-goal and the likes of Gabriel Paulista and Petr Cech gave him their support when he took his place on the bench.

Take a look at the heart-warming moment below:

After the match, Wenger admitted that Iwobi was disappointed in the changing room after his mistake 13 minutes from time.

“Look, it can happen. The frustrating thing I think is that Ospina was behind him. 
“He is certainly the most disappointed by what happened to him. But that is part of the game. 

“We have to take that on the chin and support him and go back into the next game.”

While finishing second in their group in recent years has had disastrous consequences, it may not be all bad news for Arsenal this season.

As things stand - with one fixture left remaining - Arsenal would face either Benfica, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund or Juventus if they finish second.

While it’s not impossible for Arsenal to finish top, they would need to better PSG’s result in the final match day. Wenger’s side face a trip to Basel, while PSG host Ludogorets in Paris.

However, If Arsenal were to finish top, they would face either Napoli, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid, Porto or Sevilla.

As you can see, there isn’t a massive difference between finishing first or second this season with the danger of facing Bayern Munich or Real Madrid even if you top your group.

Thierry Henry
Alex Iwobi
Alexis Sanchez
UEFA Champions League
Premier League
Mesut Özil
Arsene Wenger

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