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Brilliant Sanchez – The Best And The Worst Rated Arsenal Players vs PSG

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Arsenal lost their top spot after drawing 2 – 2 with PSG in Wednesday’s Champions League penultimate round of group fixtures, and they have only themselves to blame having failed to hold on to the lead after completing a comeback in the 2nd half.

Cavani had put the visitors ahead after Matuidi squared him up nicely, but Giroud pulled Arsenal level from the spot following a foul on Sanchez in the box just a minute away from the break.

After the play resumed, an own goal from Veratti looked to have secured all 3 points for the hosts, only for Iwobi to deflect Lucas Moura’s header into his net.

Final matchday results will determine which of the 2 clubs emerge as winners of Group A.

Here is how the Gunners starting XI and substitutes performed against the Ligue 1 heavyweights.

Ospina

Could do nothing to stop both goals from entering his net but was on alert to calmly collect Cavani’s chip in a one-on-one situation.

To a large extent, he had little to do generally.

Has he done enough to retain his spot for the next rounds?

Rating : 7/10

Jenkinson

A nervy showing from the 24-year-old who had poor crosses into the box and failed to close-mark Moura during the corner that resulted in Iwobi’s goal.

Had a hand in Arsenal’s 2nd goal, though, and did well to deflect a Moura’s cross to Matuidi who was quietly lurking at the back post away.

Rating : 6/10

Mustafi

Not the best night from the German as he couldn’t keep up with Matuidi’s pace in the build-up to the first goal of the night.

Was about the only time he had to do any form of defending, but he couldn’t put in his best.

Rating : 5/10

Koscielny

Edison Cavani gave PSG the lead early on from close range

A solid display at the back as he made timely tackles and interceptions to keep Arsenal in the game.

Did well to limit Cavani’s threat too.

Rating : 7/10

Gibbs

Was preferred to Monreal at the left of the defence and he put in quite an impressive and assuring display at the back.

Prevented a PSG corner from going in earlier in the game with a calm clearance, and also made a block from Jese’s goal-bound low shot late on in the game.

Rating : 7/10

Coquelin

A great cover for the backline as he helped keep the midfield brilliancies of Veratti and Motta somewhat in check.

Got a booking later on and is set to miss the Basel clash.

Rating : 6/10

Ramsey

No Arsenal player divides opinion amongst the Gunners faithful like the Welsh, but he didn’t quite do much to prove the section that doubts his abilities wrong.

Lucas Moura celebrates after Paris Saint-Germain's equaliser

Put in a lot of hard work, but was particularly below average with his attacking contributions.

Rating : 6/10

Sanchez

Dropped to the right wing as Giroud returned to lead the line. The Chilean as usual put in a lot of hard work and won a penalty for Arsenal after he appeared to have been tripped, albeit slightly by Krychowiak.

Rating : 7/10

Ozil

Apart from his buildup to Alexis’ controversial penalty call, the German had somewhat of a quiet night.

Rating : 6/10

Iwobi

The youngster’s confidence could just have been dented a huge blow after his header in an attempt to defend Moura’s header deflected beyond a helpless Ospina.

Didn’t have the best of games and was replaced with Xhaka 12 minutes to time.

Rating : 5/10

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi vies with PSG's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti

Giroud

Put Arsenal back into the game with a calmly taken penalty that sent Areola the wrong way.

Didn’t really do much apart from that to convince the gaffer of deserving a permanent recall to the starting lineup.

Rating : 6/10

SUBSTITUTES

Xhaka

Come on for Iwobi shortly after PSG’s equaliser.

Rating : Not Available

Walcott

Replaced Coquelin with 10 minutes to go.

Rating : Not Available

Oxlade-Chamberlain

Replaced Jenkinson at right back at the closing stages of the game.

Rating : Not Available