Iwobi gaffe holds back Gunners
Own goal gifts Parisians in London
LONDON/ Paris St Germain put themselves in the box seat to enter the Champions League knockout rounds as Group “A” winners after an Alex Iwobi own goal earned them a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Arsenal on Wednesday.
Arsenal, who like PSG had booked a last 16 spot, looked set to finish top of their group for the first time since 2011 after Marco Verratti’s comical own goal on the hour.
But they were denied when Lucas’s goalbound header in the 77th minute was deflected past David Ospina by Iwobi.
Edinson Cavani, who put PSG ahead as he had done in Paris in September when the sides drew 1-1, wasted several chances to earn the French champions victory late on.
It means PSG have 11 points from five games, the same as Arsenal, but have a superior headto-head courtesy of away goals. They will guarantee finishing first if they beat Ludogorets in their final fixture, when Arsenal go to Basel.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was philosophical afterwards, saying finishing second would not necessarily be a burden for his side who have lost in the last-16 stage six seasons in a row.
“At the moment we are 90 percent to finish second,” he told reporters.
A point was no less than PSG deserved as they started and finished the game stronger than Arsenal, who are unbeaten in all competitions since losing to Liverpool in August.
“It was a terrific performance,” their coach Unai Emery, deprived of defender Serge Aurier after British authorities revoked his visa following an assault conviction, said.
Thiago Motta had far too much time to pick a pass that sent Blaise Matuidi clear and his inviting low cross was swept home by the sliding Cavani for his 16th goal of the season.
Giroud tucked in a spot kick past Alphonse Areola. Verratti made it 2-1. Arsenal then sat back and PSG equalised when Lucas’s powerful header was turned in by Iwobi.
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi scores an own goal and the second goal for Paris SaintGermain .