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Elneny benched as Arsenal draw with PSG, fail to seal top spot


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Egypt international Mohamed Elneny watched from the bench as Arsenal and PSG played out a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

The Gunners wasted an opportunity to secure qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League as Group A winners after they conceded a late own goal against PSG.

Arsenal’s XI: Ospina; Gibbs, Mustafi, Koscielny, Jenkinson; Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil; Sanchez, Iwobi, Giroud

PSG’s XI: Areola; Meunier, Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Krychowiak; Lucas, Matuidi, Cavani

Arsenal got off to a nervous start, as PSG’s attacking line pressed the Gunners’ defenders causing them problems across the six-yard box. The visitors efforts paid off as Edinson Cavani converted Blaise Matuidi’s cross into the net, making it 1-0 for PSG after 18 minutes.

The goal was a wake-up call for the Gunners, as they slowly started to get back into the game, trying to break through PSG’s defense.

Arsenal eventually equalised as Oliver Giroud scored from the spot in the dying minutes of the first half after Grzegorz Krychowiak fouled Sanchez inside the penalty box.

The home side went into the second half with higher intensity and pressured PSG before managing to take the lead at the one-hour mark after Verratti scored into his own net.

However, Verratti’s own goal wasn’t enough to secure victory for the Gunners, as a header from Lucas was directed by Iwobi into his own net to level the scores 13 minutes from time.

PSG were close to adding a third goal in the final ten minutes, but Cavani’s header went wide as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Arsenal will now go into the final round of the group stage in second place behind leaders PSG. Arsenal and PSG are on 11 points apiece, but the Ligue 1 side, who drew 1-1 with the Gunners in Paris, went top as they have advantage on head-to-head away goals.

The Gunners will travel to Basel for their final game on Dec.6, while PSG will face Ludogorets Razgrad at home, in which a win would secure top spot for the French side.

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