So much for making a statement. Arsene Wenger had asked his players to show they are capable of beating a big team by putting on a show, instead they had PSG and their lack of efficiency in front of goal to thank for keeping their unbeaten run intact, following a draw in the Champions League.
While Arsenal might have escaped with a 2-2 draw against PSG at the Emirates, the result also means they are now likely to finish second in their group, with the two goals scored by the French side giving them a better head-to-head record after the reverse fixture finished 1-1.
"At the moment we are second – but it's not over," Wenger said. "We have a 90 per cent chance to finish second, but we wanted to finish first.
"But, at the moment we have not lost a game in this group, you know. Overall, we have done the job well and will it be enough to finish first? I don't know.
"Will that be bad or good for us? I think we have to wait for the draw. As you look at all the groups, you cannot really guess is it good or bad. The advantage if you finish first is that you play the second game at home, but for me, what is more disappointing is we wanted to win the game and we didn't win it. It is disappointing."
As in the match in Paris, Edinson Cavani opened the scoring for PSG. This time, though, Arsenal found an equaliser through Olivier Giroud, who fired home a penalty after Alexis Sanchez, off a pass from Mesut Ozil, was fouled inside the area by Grzegorz Krychowiak.
An own goal from Marco Verratti gave Arsenal the lead in front of their own fans, but that lead would not last till the end as Lucas Moura's header off a corner was deflected in by Alex Iwobi.
It was a goal that PSG deserved. Indeed, they would say they deserved a lot more, after Cavani, much like in the previous match, missed several presentable opportunities, with Arsenal showing their vulnerability against big opposition.
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