Champions League - Group A
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Arsenal 2-2 Paris St-Germain

Olivier Giroud
Arsenal have made it past the group stages for the 14th consecutive season

Arsenal face a struggle to finish top of their Champions League group after they were held to a draw by Paris St-Germain at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were seeking the win that would put them in pole position in Group A after years of finishing second and six consecutive eliminations in the last 16 in the knockout phase.

And it looked like Arsenal were on their way despite going behind early on to Edinson Cavani's sliding finish from Blaise Matuidi's cross.

Olivier Giroud scored from a penalty just before half-time after Grzegorz Krychowiak fouled Alexis Sanchez. And Arsenal were ahead on the hour when a penalty-box rebound struck Marco Verratti and flew in.

PSG were always dangerous and Lucas' header, which took a touch off Alex Iwobi, gave them a fully-deserved equaliser 13 minutes from time.

Cavani then missed two good chances and although Arsenal and PSG are level on points, the French champions have the advantage on head-to-head away goals with one round of games left after a 1-1 draw between the teams in Paris earlier in the group.

Arsenal looking at second again

Arsenal's inability to top their Champions League group has cost them dearly as they have failed to get past the last 16 in the past six years - and they now face the same fate again.

The odds now seem stacked in favour of Unai Emery's side, but the side that finishes top could yet end up facing the likes of Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

Arsene Wenger
"I believe we have the quality and the spirit on the bench now" - Arsene Wenger

PSG face Ludogorets at home in their final game, the team Arsenal beat 6-0 at Emirates Stadium, while Wenger's side travel to Basel.

There is still an opportunity for late twists but it is starting to look like second again after this enthralling draw.

They will be entering familiar territory after reaching the last 16 every season in the Champions League's current format, which has been in existence since 2003-04.

Arsenal have suffered in finishing second. Those exits at the last-16 stage in the past six seasons have included two losses to Barcelona, two to Bayern Munich and one each to AC Milan and Monaco.

Who's through?
In: Arsenal, Paris St-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid, Leicester City, Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester City
Out: Ludogorets, Basel, PSV Eindhoven, FC Rostov, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, Legia Warsaw, Tottenham, CSKA Moscow, Sporting Lisbon, Dynamo Kiev, Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic

Gunners' resilience on show

Arsenal may not have been at their best here but they once again showed the resilience that manager Arsene Wenger believes is starting to become their trademark.

Wenger hinted at this new-found strength in his programme notes, written after they grabbed a late point at Manchester United in the Premier League.

He said: "We were resilient, we came back and we've done that many times this season. I believe we have the quality and the spirit on the bench now and that combination makes us remarkably resilient until the last minute."

Arsenal were outplayed until they got a penalty in first-half injury time and while they hardly sparkled in the second half they at least dug deep to earn a point that could yet prove vital.

Edison Cavani
Cavani has scored eight goals in his 14 Champions League matches against English sides

Cavani bails Arsenal out

Cavani has forged a reputation as one of the world's most formidable strikers - and he was on target here again when he slid in to turn home Matuidi's cross to put PSG ahead after 18 minutes.

The Uruguayan's runs into space are magical but he could have made Arsenal's plight much worse with two glaring second half misses, one when he broke clear and went for a Hollywood chipped finish that David Ospina saved, and a point-blank header he directed wide from Lucas' cross.

Cavani has the record of a quality player - but he let Arsenal off the hook.

Man of the match - Lucas (PSG)

Lucas
The Brazilian was PSG's brightest player and could have put his team 2-1 up only for his wonderful free-kick to hit the crossbar. His leveller was reward for his tireless performance

The stats you need to know

  • This was the first time a Champions League match finished with more goals than shots on target since Rangers vs Unirea Urziceni in October 2009
  • Only Lionel Messi (18) has scored more goals than Cavani (16) in all competitions among players in the big five European leagues this season
  • Olivier Giroud's penalty was Arsenal's first shot of any kind in the match
  • Giroud has scored with nine of his past 11 shots on target for Arsenal in all competitions, having scored with just two of his 22 before that
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their four meetings with PSG, though three have ended in draws (W1)
  • PSG have failed to keep a clean sheet in their past 10 games against English clubs
  • Arsenal have scored 14 goals in the group stages so far - only in 2010-11 (15) have they scored more in their opening five Champions League group games

What next?

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday when they host Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium in a match that starts at 14:15 GMT.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 13Ospina
  • 25JenkinsonSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 81'minutes
  • 20Mustafi
  • 6KoscielnyBooked at 53mins
  • 3Gibbs
  • 8Ramsey
  • 34CoquelinBooked at 34minsSubstituted forWalcottat 80'minutes
  • 7Sánchez
  • 11Özil
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forXhakaat 77'minutes
  • 12Giroud

Substitutes

  • 5Gabriel
  • 14Walcott
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18Monreal
  • 29Xhaka
  • 33Cech
  • 35Elneny

Paris St G

  • 16Areola
  • 12Meunier
  • 5MarquinhosBooked at 31mins
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 17Maxwell
  • 6VerrattiBooked at 55mins
  • 4KrychowiakSubstituted forBen Arfaat 67'minutes
  • 8Motta
  • 7Lucas MouraSubstituted forJeséat 89'minutes
  • 9Cavani
  • 14Matuidi

Substitutes

  • 1Trapp
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 21Ben Arfa
  • 22Jesé
  • 24Nkunku
  • 29Augustin
  • 36Ikone
Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance:
59,628

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamParis St G
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 2, Paris Saint Germain 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Paris Saint Germain 2.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

Attempt blocked. Jesé (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Verratti with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Jesé (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Jesé replaces Lucas Moura.

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint Germain).

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Offside, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Moura with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Carl Jenkinson.

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Maxwell.

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Francis Coquelin.

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Moura.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Granit Xhaka replaces Alex Iwobi.

Goal!

Own Goal by Alex Iwobi, Arsenal. Arsenal 2, Paris Saint Germain 2.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa with a cross.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

Attempt missed. Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

Offside, Arsenal. Carl Jenkinson tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

Foul by Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain).

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Lucas Moura tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Francis Coquelin.

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

Goal!

Own Goal by Marco Verratti, Paris Saint Germain. Arsenal 2, Paris Saint Germain 1.

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Maxwell.

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Marquinhos.

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain).

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Paris St G5320611
2Arsenal5320911
3Ludo Razgd5023-92
4Basel5023-62

B

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1Napoli522128
2Benfica522118
3Besiktas514017
4Dynamo Kiev5023-42

C

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1Barcelona54011212
2Man City522128
3B Gladbach5122-35
4Celtic5023-112

D

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1Atl Madrid5500615
2Bayern Mun530279
3FC Rostov5113-64
4PSV Eindhoven5014-71

E

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1Monaco5320511
2Bayer Levkn514017
3Tottenham5113-24
4CSKA5032-43

F

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1Bor Dortmd54101213
2Real Madrid5320611
3Sporting5104-23
4Legia War5014-161

G

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1Leicester5410613
2FC Porto522118
3FC Copenhagen513136
4Club Brugge5005-100

H

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1Juventus5320711
2Sevilla5311410
3Lyon521227
4Dinamo Zagreb5005-130
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