That is two games in a row now that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have got lucky and ended up taking something from the game that we didn’t really deserve. It was only a point last night away to PSG but it could well turn out to be a crucial one that could see Arsenal finally win a group.
Just like Southampton on Saturday, when we somehow came away with all three points, the fans and football media were left somewhat baffled by the team selection of the boss. And once again it was the unexpected absence of Giroud that was one of the odd decisions.
This time it was not Lucas Perez but Alexis Sanchez that took his place and once again that experiment did not work. Not only does the Chilean not offer the same presence up front but you lose his impact altogether. Another unexpected pick was to leave Xhaka out and we struggled to match the energy and work rate of PSG in midfield.
But if Wenger’s selection was intended to put PSG off then maybe it was a genius move because they really should have punished us but failed to do so and let us get back into the game and rescue a point with a fine Sanchez strike. And you have to say that his picking of Ospina worked out brilliantly as our second keeper kept us in the game a number of times.
For years I have bemoaned the bad luck that Arsenal get but at the minute we are definitely having it the other way and it’s about time. I am not so sure about the manager’s tactics but as long as the luck holds, happy days.