Arsenal 3-0 PSV – Champions League LIVE: Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, and Gabriel Jesus score in dream start for Mikel Arteta with second half underway

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So far it has been a miserable night for Manchester United in Munich. To get a feel for how things are going down there, check out our blog on the game. Just make sure you follow the Arsenal one too!

The stats don’t tell the full story

Arsenal have had 10 shots to PSV’s 9, and the Gunners have hardly had the lion’s share of possession – just 52%.

One thing that has made a difference is that they’re not rushing. Seven of their shots have been on target, compared to PSV’s two.

Watch back Gabriel Jesus’ goal later and look how calm he was. It felt like there was an eternity between his first touch and the goal because he got the ball that still.

How was that, Arsenal fans?

I don’t think you’ll see many more prolific halves than that in the Champions League this season. Not against a side of PSV’s ilk, with senior internationals and a brilliant defensive record until tonight.

That was majestic from Arsenal. Majestic, sublime, ruthless. Every time they got on the ball in PSV’s half, they looked like they could score a goal. Their Dutch opponents were in disarray.

From back to front, Arsenal have been magnificent so far. But it’s far from over yet.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
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Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Wednesday September 20, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA WireRESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder..

Half-time: Arsenal 3-0 PSV

Two minutes added on

Not much of note in recent minutes. PSV have tried to use Luuk de Jong as an outlet but William Saliba and Gabriel have been a solid central two defenders.

GOAL ARSENAL! 3-0! Gabriel Jesus!

It’s a thunderous strike from Gabriel Jesus and now he’s got a well-earned goal!

Leandro Trossard receives a long ball on the left flank and plays in a superb pass. Jesus traps it with his first touch, and slams it home with his second. Marvellous technique and a clinical finish.

That’s his 21st Champions League goal.

David Raya watch

David Raya’s performance so far has been intriguing.

PSV have held quite a high line, so rather than going short, often Arsenal’s ‘keeper has gone long to mixed success.

He also steps really wide sometimes when giving defenders a passing option. If they lost the ball, PSV would have an empty goal. It’s a risky strategy but it allows Arsenal to play their way out of trouble.

Over at Bayern… it’s 2-0 already thanks to a former Arsenal man!

Arsenal and Bayern Munich are locking horns in the contest of who can score the most!

Serge Gnabry has doubled the German side’s lead.

Meanwhile at the Emirates, we haven’t seen a chance for a few minutes but Arsenal are enjoying a period of sustained possession.

Arsenal’s front three currently unplayable

Arsenal’s front three have caused PSV all sorts of trouble.

Their dribbling has been balletic, their movement well-timed, and their shooting lethal. Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard have been given way too much space on the wings, but when they encounter opposition, they brush past them as if it’s playground football. This is seriously impressive stuff.

A goal at Bayern Munich… but for who?

Bayern Munich have taken a 1-0 lead in their clash against Manchester United via Leroy Sane.

Jesus denied by Benitez!

This is too easy for Arsenal.

Leandro Trossard progressed in from the left flank and gave the ball to Gabriel Jesus, who shimmies to the right, opens up his body, and unleashes a shot destined for the top corner from the edge of the area.

Walter Benitez saves with a big dive and it’s an Arsenal corner, though that comes to nothing.

Raya claims cross and Arsenal hit back

PSV had a nice spell of danger there, feeling their way around the edge of the area, but couldn’t trouble David Raya as a cross from the right sails into his arms.

Arsenal go the other end and force Walter Benitez into a save. They’re carving the Dutch side open here.

GOAL ARSENAL! 2-0! Leandro Trossard!

A fantastic goal on the counter-attack.

Gabriel Jesus burst through the middle of the park after claiming possession, fed it to Bukayo Saka on the right flank, and he picked out Leandro trossard on the edge of the area.

The Belgian hits it first-time and it slips past Walter Benitez into the corner.

A beautiful goal, and so much credit should go to Jesus for his intuition, pace, and decisiveness.

Saka in control; Jesus heads wide

Saka is in his element here, dribbling where he likes.

He cuts into the centre to try and find a scoring opportunity, but plays it wide. A cross from the left finds Gabriel Jesus but he is under pressure, off balance, and can’t generate much power. A limp header runs well wide.

Noa Lang looking promising

Ben White has his work cut out tonight as Noa Lang is looking like a bright spark for PSV down the left-hand side.

He’s got good feet and when given space, he’s pouncing on it with a shot or by cutting inside.

Arsenal on top

Well, after that early opener, Arsenal are capitalising on a sleepy PSV.

They’ve had a couple of chances since the goal and are in the ascendancy here.

GOAL ARSENAL! 1-0! BUKAYO SAKA!

Martin Odegaard shoots from the edge of the area, and Bukayo Saka pounces on the end of Walter Benitez’s save.

Arsenal shaky in possession

Oleksandr Zinchenko lofted a ball across the defensive line there and though William Saliba managed to trap it, it was difficult to deal with.

Arsenal play a couple of passes but lose the ball in their third and it ends with Luuk de Jong scufifng a volley wide.

Arsenal get creative

Martin Odegaard threaded through Bukayo Saka in the box but they failed to make the most of it. A promising start, though, if they can carve PSV open like that with one pass.

Raya makes save

PSV broke nicely there and Noa Lang got a low shot off from the left corner of the box, but it was an easy take for David Raya and settles him into the game.

We’re underway!

After a false start, we’re underway! Gabriel Jesus plays it back to David Raya.

Silence for victims in Morocco and Libya

We have some moments of contemplation for the victims of the catastrophic events in Morocco and Libya.

Captains shake hands

Martin Odegaard greets Luuk de Jong in the centre of the park as Felix Swayer, tonight’s referee, runs them through the coin toss.

Players lining up to theme tune

Fans have been singing songs familiar to the club but now it’s time for the Champions League anthem, and it is greeted with applause and cheers. They’ve been waiting to hear that one for six years.

Players in the tunnel

The lights are flashing and the players are in the tunnel. We’re just minutes away now.

Ten minutes until kick-off

Arsenal vs PSV historical record

Arsenal and PSV have only ever met eight times, despite long histories in Europe.

They won 4-0 in their first encounter in Eindhoven in 2002, with Thierry Henry scoring a late double.

Overall, Arsenal have won three, drawn three, and lost two against the Dutch giants.

They met in the group stages of the Europa League last season, with the Gunners sealing a 1-0 win at home thanks to a Granit Xhaka goal but losing 2-0 away.

Late action at the Bernabeu

We’ve just witnessed some manic scenes at the Bernabeu as Jude Bellingham prodded home a 94th-minute winner for Real Madrid against Union Berlin.

With a last-touch Lazio goalkeeper goal last night, and other crazy games, the Champions League is already delivering.

Raya warms up

First pictures of Arsenal’s warm-up coming in and here we see a rain-soaked David Raya preparing for his Champions League bow.

Quite a night for a man who once went on loan to Southport in the fifth tier.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya warming up before the UEFA Champions League Group B match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Wednesday September 20, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA WireRESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder..

What is PSV’s form like?

PSV enter this clash in fearsome form.

They’re top of the Eredivisie with four wins in four, scoring 13 and conceding one.

Luuk de Jong, if you remember him from an ill-fated stint at Newcastle in 2013/14, has scored four so far this campaign.

With 18 goals last season, he’s a traditional ‘handful’ – William Saliba and Gabriel will have their work cut out against his physicality.

PSV release their line-up

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Mikel Arteta explains David Raya-Aaron Ramsdale situation

Mikel Arteta defended his decision to drop Aaron Ramsdale at the weekend.

‘I respect opinions and I understand historically what happened, but for me there is nothing different. We’ve been doing it [swapping goalkeepers] for many years,’ he said.

Raya is in again tonight. Read more below.

Arsenal team is out… and Declan Rice starts!

Welcome to the big leagues, Declan Rice.

He’s already proven his worth in Europe with West Ham and now he’s got a shot at the Champions league with Arsenal.

David Raya starts ahead of Aaron Ramsdale between the sticks.

Martin Odegaard’s pre-match notes

Gabriel Jesus: ‘we believe we can win the Champions League’

Bold words from Gabriel Jesus as he reveals that the Arsenal camp are confident they have a chance of winning the Champions League on their return.

He says that the players have even been listening to the competition’s theme tune in the gym out of excitement, which is rather wholesome. It’s good when players retain the glee and excitement for the game that they had when they were a kid.

David Raya toppling Aaron Ramsdale off his pedestal?

David Raya replaced Aaron Ramsdale at the weekend and a big question for Mikel Arteta going forward surrounds the identity of his first-choice goalkeeper.

Ramsdale did a solid job for Arsenal last season but was not infallible and Raya could be seen as the fashionable choice.

Would Ramsdale be satisfied with rotation? Who would you favour for the Premier League and Champions League?

The Emirates welcomes Champions League football again

A rainy Emirates Stadium plays host to tonight’s encounter, but the weather is a minor detail on such a monumental occasion for Arsenal fans.

Their club is back on the stage which it called home for so long under Arsene Wenger.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: A general view inside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Fans outside the stadium before the UEFA Champions League Group B match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Wednesday September 20, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA WireRESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder..
Arsenal scarves on sale outside the ground before the UEFA Champions League Group B match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Wednesday September 20, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA WireRESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder..

Good evening!

Hello and thanks for joining us at Mail Sport for our live blog of Arsenal vs PSV.

The Gunners’ last appearance in the competition was upsetting as they suffered a 5-1 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in March 2017. In a 10-2 aggregate loss in the Round of 16. Ouch.

But that was then, and Mikel Arteta has taken this side a long way since that dark day. Now optimism pervades the Emirates, dreams of titles and glory. Youth blends seamlessly with experience and Arsenal could go on a deep run this year.

Key Updates

  • 19:49

    Half-time: Arsenal 3-0 PSV

  • 19:39, 38

    GOAL ARSENAL! 3-0! Gabriel Jesus!

  • 19:21, 20

    GOAL ARSENAL! 2-0! Leandro Trossard!

  • 19:10, 9

    GOAL ARSENAL! 1-0! BUKAYO SAKA!

  • 19:02, 1

    We’re underway!

  • 18:55

    Players in the tunnel

  • 18:21

    PSV release their line-up

  • 18:03

    Arsenal team is out… and Declan Rice and David Raya start!






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