So Arsenal kicked off Emery’s second big game, and he changed the starting line-up completely and quite surprised me by playing both Iwobi and Ozil despite having come back late from the World Cup, and even more so that he made our under-fire German our captain.
PSG started lively but after just 12 minutes Aubameyang was left in acres of space on the right wing. He easily slipped it through to Ozil running through the centre and it was an easy finish for the captain. A great way to respond to his recent problems.
Within ten minutes Iwobi nearly made it two but got denied by the keeper, and it looked like Arsenal were much too alert for this young PSG side. Guendouzi looked really composed on his second start and should be used in the first team this season. He sent another great ball to Aubameyang who was left in the box, but the Gabon hitman took just a bit to long to get his shot off and the keeper recovered to get in his way.
But the last 15 mins were all PSG as they ramped up the pressure for an equaliser, and the young Tim Weah was the big danger for the French champs and came very close a couple of times, but the Gunners go into the break with a 1-0 lead. It is nice to see us actually convert our superiority into a lead for a change!
Emery changed his keeper again at half-time but this time it is Martinez who gets his chance, Ramsey and Lacazette come on as well. PSG went into attacking mode and when Weah was brought down by Kolasinac after 5 mins (No VAR to help us!) and Nkunku converts it well. This was the trigger for Emery to make another five changes with Smith-Rowe getting his birthday wish.
The Gunners fought back with the fresh legs and Lacca put us back in front 5 mins later and then made it two straight away, although there is some dispute as to whether he actually scored either!
Arsenal make another 5 changes as do PSG, but the action keeps coming. Nketiah comes close and them Maitland-Niles misses an easy one, but from the resulting corner Holding got a fantastic looping header over the keepers head and Arsenal had put the game to bed. This one wont be going to penalties!
There was just enough time for Nketiah to put a perfectly placed shot into the corner to make it five! COYG!
So Emery remains unbeaten (in public games anyway lol)