Arsenal send a message out across Europe with devastating opening night win

Arsenal have come racing out the blocks to beat PSV by a comfortable 4-0 scoreline to get their return to the Champions League off to the perfect start.

The Gunners were ahead inside the opening eight minutes of play, and never looked back as they continued to show exactly why they are one of the teams to watch in this season’s edition of the competition.

Bukayo Saka was the man to get our show on the road, latching onto the rebound after Martin Odegaard forced the save from Benitez in the opposition goal, and Jesus should really have made it two moments later when breaking through in on goal. We didn’t have to wait too long to see our lead doubled however, with Saka cutting it back across the edge of the box into Leandro Trossard who powered it low and hard into the bottom corner.

Our number nine did find the net next as we continued to punish our rivals for their attempts to attack in numbers, and we went into the break 3-0 up and flying.

We appeared to slow things down after the break however, whether that was down to the manager wanting to preserve energy ahead of the North London Derby this weekend or just reduce the risk of the comeback, and we were allowing our rivals very little of the ball to try and get themselves back into the game. Oleks Zinchenko and our three goalscorers from the first half were replaced as we looked to give the likes of Tomiyasu, Emile Smith Rowe, Jorginho and Reiss Nelson some game time, likely with the weekend’s clash in mind, but it was our captain who made it four.

We hit our rivals on the counter once again, and the move had looked to have broken down when ESR had overhit his through ball, but we managed to control the ball and get back into a dangerous position for the Norwegian to find space to get his shot away.

I must admit, I had some reservations about our side going into tonight’s clash, but those were quickly dashed by the early goal, and now have so much excitement about the remainder of the competition, and cannot wait to see just how far we can go this year.

Can we go all the way under Arteta?



  1. Havertz best game for arsenal so far.
    Our attackers got the goals. Captain Fantastic You beauty. Good performance and good start to the champions league. COYG…

    North London Derby next. Let’s Go..

    1. I thought Haverz was the only disappointment on the night. Never really got involved and looked off the pace. I expect more than he gave tonight.

      1. Reggie, hopefully Havertz gets his radar sorted out. It is positive that he is taking shots, but he has difficulty getting the ball on target.

      2. Could’ve score if he played well enough I the early stages.
        Though he did came to life during the late stages (when the game had already been won) with some nice touches.
        He’ll need to do far more to convince me.

  2. It was a highly entertaining game. PSV let Odegaard make diagonal passes and Zinchenko do playmaking

    Arsenal made plenty of mistakes in the first 35 minutes of the game, but PSV’s defense was awful and they chose to play openly at the Emirates. Man City or Liverpool would’ve capitalized on our mistakes in the first half

    Nonetheless, our attackers finished PSV off. Hopefully Odegaard will be fit to play in NLD

    1. A very good game.
      Odegaard is a fantastic player and for most people currently one of the world’s great midfielders.
      Remarkably, on JA, we are told that he can’t be compared to Bellingham simply because the latter plays for Real Madrid.

      1. His physicality can’t be compared with Bellingham’s, but he’s certainly more creative, technical and rare

    2. Gai, Mistakes, yes! Plenty? I don’t agree. Scoring 4 goals and conceeding non couldn’t have been plenty mistakes. The Boys did well and it’s a good position to be in preparation for Spuds on Sunday.

  3. That’s the way to announce yourselves back in the CL. That’s the way to play football. The front line of Saka, Odergaard, Jesus, and especially Trossard were unplayable. Yes, PSV were very naive at the back and overall, but you can see they have some very good players, and it will be a big test out there. We just blew them away att home, and stopped their own steam train. Very good watch tonight.

  4. Gabriel and Willie Saliba, Leo Trossard, Bukayo and Gabby Jesus…..all top notch. Oh I forgot Odes and Declan Rice… word, and they will all get better!!!!!! 😂😂😂😉😉😉

  5. Harvairtz- as the odd TNT match commentator insisted on calling him- had his best game by a distance so far.
    Great all round team perf and RAYA looks the real business.

    Odegaard, sensational again. And as for Rice baby, well the crowd reception said it all. To demolish a good team who are unbeaten in 26 matches says it all. Even Dan kit MIGHT praise the manager, if it goes on like this, though I am not holding my breath!

    1. Nice saying Jon
      We are looking good all over the pitch, and we have potential to get better. What a journey 🫶

  6. Job well done in terms of making a statement. Can’t comment on individual performances because couldn’t watch game. This is the perfect group for our coach and players to settle into Champions League football as all our opponents including the specialists Seville are Europa league level however it’s up to Arsenal to demonstrate that we are a different class

  7. Great result tonight and hope we can carry it on into the NLD on Sunday. I thought Saliba and Trossard were outstanding but a lot of good performances all round. With PSV pressing so high it was difficult for Raya to play out short from the back but he made up for it with some superb long kicks to our forwards. Looking forward to Sunday!

  8. Great performance, wished either,two or all of Havertz,Vieira,Nelson and ESR got a goal or assist to giddy up their acts like their first pick mates. hopefully they get to do that in cup and some league games, Raya is a top goalie, Trossard out of this world with his goal and assist,Jesus passionate,saka ever on the move,Odegaard captain fantastic,Saliba and Gabriel rock solid,Rice the marshall,Zinchenko the orchestrator. All in all it was a brilliant performance from the lads, more to surely come enroute to our CL glory bid. COYG!!!

  9. Arsenal started out the champions league opening tie as a nervous wreck.

    Maybe our lock of involvement for over six years made the Wednesday night feeling strange, but when the Arsenal juggernaut get going they were rampant.

    Havertz played well without actually scoring, but a fan needs to take a pair of slippers for our captain to don in midfield

    1. I thought we was cool as a cucumber from start to finish your always going to get nail biting moments who ever you play with

  10. Odegard baby, what a player. He can score can assist can press can tackle can defend. But I’m sorry he doesn’t cost 90 million and he doesn’t play for real Madrid so he can’t be good. Raya looks really good, Rice is a good buy Zincheko makes us better and Jesus is way way better than Nketiah and trosard what a player. All in all great game. Next lets go destroy the spurs.

  11. Excellent start to being back in the champions league. It’s ridiculous some people on here want the likes of Rice and Saka benched in our first game in seven years, that’s what we signed him for , nights like this. The coach did bring on substitutes a bit early for 30/20 minutes run outs. If and when the group is wrapped up and he doesn’t rotate heavily then we can question him .

  12. It’s only one game, and it was PSV at home! Europe’s elites won’t exactly be quivering in their boots.

    That said, you can only beat whats in front of you, and it was an excellent performance! Fantastic start to our campaign.

    1. I beg to differ, many clubs would have watched that performance and would have been blown away by it, many of the so called elite will not want to meet Arsenal

    1. Dare i say, why the heck was Trossard sat on the bench at the end of last season. Would we have seen Trossard tonight, if Martinelli wasn’t injured? The guy is talented and he deserves to play.

  13. My favourite moment was a few minutes before ht and 3-0 up. White slipped and just tripped the psv player so there was no chance giving up a sloppy goal before he and making it 3-1. Took the yellow card, its what a city player would have done.

  14. I fear for Ramsdale’s future in Arsenal. Raya looked pretty self-assured and put in another cool performance with a second clean sheet to boot.
    Difficult to see any reason for dropping him right now. But, of course the coach knows what he’s doing, I suppose.

    1. It’s Ramsdale’s job to play his way back in isn’t it? The inform GK should play, and it’s Raya currently.

      Ramsdale got complacent and sloppy to end last season, and was shaky at times this preseason. This wake up call should encourage him to sharpen his game, he needs to level up and Raya will force the issue.

      I’m Arsenal first, so I’m for the competition and the cream that rises to the top, whichever of the two it is.

      1. two easy matches for Raya so far with barely a save to make

        Lets see how he fares against Spuds on Sunday before we get too carried away !

    2. Brighton change their keepers no-one says anything, we do it and the anti Arsenal media and Talksh.te on making up stories there is a problem. All I see id two very good keepers at Arsenal and one of them was keeper of the season and was in the PL team of the season. Arteta knows what he is doing and I believe Ramsdale will play Sunday and he will be right up for it

  15. Very good performance by the Arsenal against PSV (unbeaten in 26 games), with the defence solid, the midfield winning control and the front four virtually unplayable.
    It was great to see players taking shots from distance causing difficulties for the PSV goalkeeper and Arsenal reaped the benefit with goals for Saka (from a rebound), Trossard and Odegaard. Jesus’ goal showed his excellent skill in controlling the first touch and finishing.
    Best game from Arsenal this season. Long may it contine.

  16. So many points were made in this game it’s hard to start with one. So many positives. What a booster before the NLD.

    Will start with Raya, he was so assured in aerial duels I already feel super confident with him as GK. He nullified most of the crosses and header opportunities. His distribution was superb.

    Our back four, Saliba was exquisite to the point of swagger. Gabriel was at his usual best, White was so so good. Zinchenko was the creative maestro from the deep. So good on the ball it’s ridiculous for a LB.

    Rolls Rice gave a typical royal performance. Odegaard, well clearly my motm, so much creativity and poise, and industry as well. No, I don’t want Bellingham in his place, never. Odegaard is the perfect fit for the Arsenal’s style of play. Havertz showed signs of promise and why Arteta has so mucj belief in him. Barring the goals, Kai did good to link up, hold up, presses, winning the ball. Did his basics right and if he masters that posotion, it’s scary how our frontline will be.

    And the rest of the attack. Where to start. Trossard, a magnificent sharpshooter, trickery and guile at its best. He will unlock so manay games this season I habe no doubt.

    It’s only fitting to start the campaign with Saka’s goal, afterall he is our face and am so happy for him to score the first goal for us. He deserves it.

    Jesus, my god is he a nuissance to handle. I would take that performance over any clinical strikers any day. You never know where to look for him as an audience, poor defenders got no chance of spotting and marking him. May he go on fit and injury free run this season.

    Glad to see Nelson and ESR getting the minutes. They really needed that and our group stage matches will give plenty of minutes to them. Nelsom had am assist to boost his UCL debut.

    Viera was again super good. His mid to long range passing is top notch.

    What a squad we have right right now.
    PSV were absolutely outclassed. Arsenal were just too good for them.

    Now focus is on the weekend NLD and Arsenal couldn’t have had a better morale booster than the match today.


    1. From my perspective White was getting turn inside and out from the PSV player. Havertz was great and as I said before I can see why Arteta is a fan

    1. It certainly seems so. Much more authority with Raya on goal. If he keeps playing, we won’t concede much from corners, set pieces and high crosses into the box. Raya seems so confident in snipping out balls in the air before they reach their targets.

    2. Grandad he sure has. His ability to claim high balls is particularly impressive especially for a not so big goalkeeper-stats from last season indicate he was only second to Martinez in that regard.

  17. Brilliant, the 1 thing that is clear is Raya commands his area very well! Starting position seems much better and comes out to claim, takes pressure off the defence completely.

  18. My first comment here…..have been reading on this platform for over 12 years, but never tried to post anything….Nonetheless its better late than never baby….

    I’m not really concerned about Raya/Ramsdale situation, particularly coz Raya is on loan with option to buy if i’m correct. During this season a seasoned Gk like Raya who according to my understanding had exceedingly well at a lower mid table team could help Ramsdale to learn a few things to become a even better GK than he is now.

    This competition is definitely going to heat up and should be a win-win for the club.

  19. Gabriel Jesus just showed why we missed him last season through injury. I’m still convinced that if he didn’t get injured, we would have won the title. He was absolutely massive last night. I can imagine Arsenal will have these iconic trio of Saka, Jesus and Martinelli thumping everyone in the near future.

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