March 27, 2023


Ramsdale missed punch - Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Ramsdale missed punch – Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

07:15 PM

72 minutes

Ben White is going to be Arsenal’s fourth change. Arsenal have been well and truly battered in this second half, but they are still in the contest. Martinelli wins the free-kick but Arsenal kick it long from their own corner flag and lose it.

Gabriel is coming on as well as Saliba.

07:13 PM

70 minutes

PSV with another decent chance from a set-piece, Arsenal are fortunate to still be in touch. They have been well short of the level in this second half, a bit of a mess defensively, but some of PSV’s attacking play has been fantastic.

De Jong looked like planting another header beyond Ramsdale after he spread play brilliantly, but once again the flag went up against Gakpo.

07:08 PM

65 minutes

Arteta with another change after that goal went in. Holding came off and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus.

Then the offside flag spares Arsenal for the third time tonight! It was a lovely PSV move involving Simons again, but Gakpo was offside when he turned home a cross flashed across the box.

07:06 PM

GOOOOAAALL! Ramsdale misses his punch and De Jong scores

Arsenal have it all to do now if they want to secure top spot tonight. An inswinging corner that Ramsdale flapped at, and the head of substitute De Jong turned it in. The striker has much a huge impact since coming on at the break.

07:04 PM

62 minutes

Arsenal pushing and probing around the box, but PSV spring another well-executed counter. Gakpo looked free in between Saliba and Holding, but Partey got back to intercept the pass. Corner for PSV.

07:01 PM

58 minutes

Now Tierney booked for hacking down Simons and stopping a counter-attack. Arsenal looking a little ragged, but will the subs start to change that?

Lovely piece of control from Vieira to pluck the ball out of the sky and get them moving forward. Arsenal back in another spell of possession but PSV have defended stoutly.

06:59 PM

GOOOOAAAALLL! PSV have their goal

You cannot say the home team do not deserve that. Arsenal did not screen the ball well enough from a throw, De Jong bullied Holding in the duel, and he teed up Veerman who buried the ball into the top corner with a cracking finish.

Arteta makes two instant changes: Odegaard and Lokonga off, Partey and Saka on.

06:57 PM

55 minutes

Vieira bundled over close to the touchline and wins a free-kick. Not really a crossing position, so Arsenal try to work a short one but Holding is penalised for pulling in the penalty area.

Gakpo goes close again! It was a lovely outside of the foot pass from Simons to get the winger behind Tomiyasu, and he tried to curl the ball beyond Ramsdale from a tight angle but it skimmed wide.

06:54 PM

52 minutes

Arsenal are moving the ball with some greater purpose, but they could do with Odegaard exerting greater influence. PSV with a sloppy crossfield pass out for a throw. Arsenal will win the group tonight with a draw, remember. The opening goal would virtually assure them of that.

06:52 PM

49 minutes

That was a good move again from Arsenal, Lokonga finding Martinelli between the lines with a clever pass. He spread play wide to Tierney, who chopped inside into the box and curled a shot not far over the bar.

Then some loose defending from Arsenal to allow De Jong to bring a long ball forward, and release Simons in behind, and Ramsdale was called into action with a smart save.

06:50 PM

47 minutes

This has been a lively start to the second half from Arsenal. They released Tierney in behind whose cross was turned behind for a corner, and from the second-phase of the set-piece Nketiah shot not far wide of the turn.

06:49 PM

We’re back under way

Luuk de Jong has come on for PSV at the break.

06:36 PM

Sam Dean’s assessment from the stadium

It’s a long way from being a thriller here, and it seems the pitch is causing more problems for Arsenal than anything else. The surface is cutting up very easily and the ball has been bobbling much more than you would expect from a match at this level. Arsenal players are becoming visibly irritated by it.

PSV have looked dangerous in moments, including the disallowed goal before the break, but Arsenal are hardly under serious pressure. Might Bukayo Saka or Gabriel Jesus make the difference from the bench?

06:34 PM

HT: PSV O Arsenal 0

No doubt that the Dutch team have been the most dangerous, twice putting the ball in the net only to see goals ruled out for offside. It was quite clearly the right decision on both, but still a let off for Arsenal.

Arteta’s team had calmed the game down well with long spells of possession in between those flashpoints, but all the while they do not score they are vulnerable to a moment.

Arsenal need to start punching the ball into space a little more. Too many coming short and crowding the man in possession.

06:32 PM

45 minutes

Arsenal go close to scoring in the final minute of the half after PSV gave the ball away in their own box, with Benitez saving from Odegaard.

06:29 PM

NO GOAL! Var check finds an offside

El Ghazi was offside when the long ball forward was played from which he won the knockdown. A second reprieve of the night for Arsenal.

PSV's Xavi Simons scores a goal that was disallowed by VAR for an offside - AP
PSV’s Xavi Simons scores a goal that was disallowed by VAR for an offside – AP

06:28 PM

GOOOOAAALLL! Simons gives PSV the lead

It’s soft defending around the edge of Arsenal’s box, but credit to the quick feet of Simons. He latched on to a chest down, got the better of Tierney, won a 50:50 with Saliba and Holding found himself sprawled on the turf when Simons scored.

06:24 PM

39 minutes

That was Arsenal’s clearest chance of the game! Xhaka’s cross was cleared, but the head of Tomiyasu returned it with interest. There was Martinelli all alone near the penalty spot, but after taking the ball on his chest he volleyed over the bar. Did he make that opportunity unnecessarily complicated?

06:22 PM

37 minutes

Excellent defending from Tomiyasu to track the out-to-in run from Gakpo and allow the ball to skip through the Ramsdale. There are not many better textbook defenders in England than Tomiyasu, a throwback almost to the days when right-backs were more like centre-halves than wingers.

06:20 PM

35 minutes

Arsenal are really trying to thread the eye on a needle with passes into the crowded No 10 position, and Odegaard let fly there but his shot was blocked. The pass through to Martinelli may have been on. Another long spell of Arsenal possession, but haven’t been able to go through the gears around the box.

06:17 PM

31 minutes

Saliba this time does find a lovely pass between the lines to find Xhaka in space, and Odegaard really should have been at the heart of the PSV defence had he controlled the Swiss’ pass on the turn.

A promising PSV comes to and end with another offside, after Martinelli had dribbled into trouble in midfield.

06:14 PM

29 minutes

A couple of careless moments on the ball from Arsenal. Saliba tried a three-point turn and pass between the lines which PSV pounce on, before Nketiah lumps a square pass out of play after Holding did well to snuff out the danger. In the end, not real chance of note comes from it.

06:11 PM

26 minutes

PSV’s threat is definitely on the counter-attack when they can get runners at that Arsenal high line. On that occasion they got the pass all wrong, but the potential to trouble Arsenal is there.

A sweeping Arsenal move creates space for Martinelli wide left, but his cross is just too high for Nketiah to direct at goal.

06:10 PM

23 minutes

Ramalho tried to buy a foul from Martinelli near the corner flag but the referee is having none of it, and Arsenal win another corner. This one was straight down Benitez’s throat. Arteta’s team still looking for the goal that would put them in complete control.

06:07 PM

21 minutes

Nice flow to the game at the moment. This time it’s Arsenal who threaten through Nketiah, who manufactured a cute flick towards goal from Vieira’s cross. Benitez tipped it over for an Arsenal corner which comes to nothing, although it really should have been another one. Goal kick given.

06:04 PM

18 minutes: Gakpo has the ball in the net….but the flag goes up for offside

Lovely finish to dink the ball over Ramsdale, but he went too soon with the run behind Saliba. You saw the risks of Arsenal’s high line there though, if there is no pressure on the ball.

William Saliba of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League match between PSV v Arsenal - GETTY IMAGES
William Saliba of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League match between PSV v Arsenal – GETTY IMAGES

06:03 PM

17 minutes

Arsenal getting on top now, another long spell of possession in the PSV half. Space for Martinelli to shoot from just outside the area, and his attempt deflects off a defender and on to the roof of the net. Inswinger from Martinelli right under Benitez, but he did well to punch clear. Nice nutmeg from Simons on Lokonga but Arsenal force the home team back.

06:00 PM

15 minutes

Arsenal enjoy their longest spell of pressure with Odegaard and Vieira looking to pull the strings, Nketiah working the PSV defence with runs in behind. The move breaks down with a heavy Martinelli pass as he looked to find Tierney on the overlap.

05:58 PM

12 minutes

Nketiah is dropping quite deep to link play, but once again some one touch play in midfield does not quite come off.

Then PSV threaten after a sharp spin from Simons, who looked to play Gakpo through but the ball did not drop for him to shoot. Those two forwards do carry a threat.

There is space out there for Arsenal but they have not quite zipped the ball to free player enough yet.

05:55 PM

9 minutes

Ramsdale makes the first save of the game. Odegaard swept up a second ball in midfield but lost the ball with a stray pass, and PSV countered into the right channel. Simons with a strike across goal from 22 yards out or so, which Ramsdale pushed around the post. He claims the second delivery into the box well. Some nice work from Vieira to get Arsenal playing again.

Arsenal's Fabio Vieira, right, challenges for the ball with PSV's Philipp Max during the Europa League group A - AP
Arsenal’s Fabio Vieira, right, challenges for the ball with PSV’s Philipp Max during the Europa League group A – AP

05:52 PM

7 minutes

Tierney already tucking into midfield alongside Lokonga when Arsenal build play from the back. Arteta’s team look quite content to keep the ball along their backline and just draw the sting out of the atmosphere. PSV are looking to be direct and play early, forward balls in behind the Arsenal defence but they have not got it right yet.

05:50 PM

5 minutes

Arsenal will know they are in a game, here. They are yet to enjoy any possession of quality high up the pitch as yet.

They string together their first decent combination down the left, through Xhaka, Tierney and Martinelli, and the Swiss almost picked out Nketiah with a pass into the box.

05:48 PM

2 minutes

Most of the game being played in Arsenal’s half in these very early minutes, with Ramsdale claiming an early Gakpo cross.

Lokonga guilty of a sloppy moment when Odegaard was free in midfield, overhitting the pass. PSV showing far more intent with their pressing than at the Emirates.

05:46 PM

From Sam Dean: Arsenal playing for a rest tonight

A point tonight would guarantee top spot in the group for Arsenal, and effectively give them three games off. Next week’s final group game would become a meaningless fixture for Arsenal, allowing them to rotate the whole team, and finishing first means they also skip the first knockout stage of the competition after Christmas. In such an attritional season, this is a considerable prize for Mikel Arteta and his players to be aiming for tonight.

05:45 PM


Arsenal get the game under way, with Ramsdale kicking long towards the left corner.

05:43 PM

The players are out

There is a rapturous atmosphere at the Phillips Stadium, this is one of PSV’s biggest fixtures of the season. They have been free-scoring at home domestically but were somewhat inhibited at the Emirates. Surely they will offer more as an attacking force?

It is a landmark occasion for Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli tonight:

05:40 PM

PSV forward Cody Gakpo has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United

Speaking to BT Sport earlier, van Persie said he was a good player although perhaps not a natural striker. The verdict was he can play across the forward line or as a false nine.

 PSV's Cody Gakpo warms up before the Europa League group A soccer match - AP
PSV’s Cody Gakpo warms up before the Europa League group A soccer match – AP

05:34 PM

Van Nistelrooy speaking pre-match

A must win? We have to be realistic about the team we face and the team we they have out today. We are going to have a go, but must win I don’t think so. Home and away, Arsenal are a team who play in a similar way but we are going to try to show something different especially with the crowd behind. We have nothing to lose and all to play for.

05:28 PM

Arsenal face an old foe in PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy, Manager of PSV Eindhoven speaks - GETTY IMAGES/Dean Mouhtaropoulos
Ruud van Nistelrooy, Manager of PSV Eindhoven speaks – GETTY IMAGES/Dean Mouhtaropoulos

05:25 PM

Robin van Persie speaking about Arteta

He was always going into tactical details within team meetings, and that is the sign of a potential coach. I’m so glad that Arsenal gave him that time.

05:20 PM

Mikel Arteta’s pre-match thoughts

Matt felt something in his groin last night and could not start.

You will see when the game starts, obviously [on Fabio Vieira’s role]

We are going to play the same way we always do, come here and try and be dominant and keep playing the way we have.

We knew that [the calibre of teams dropping down from the Champions League] the competition is probably going to be a level that it has never been before.

05:02 PM

Arsenal’s winning goal in the return game

04:49 PM

Arsenal’s players have arrived at the Phillips Stadium

Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal before the UEFA Europa League group A match between PSV Eindhoven and Arsenal FC - GETTY IMAGES/Stuart MacFarlane
Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal before the UEFA Europa League group A match between PSV Eindhoven and Arsenal FC – GETTY IMAGES/Stuart MacFarlane

04:42 PM

This evening’s venue

04:32 PM

PSV team and subs: Former Aston Villa man El Ghazi comes in

Starting XI: Benitez, Mwene, Ramalho, Branthwaite, Max, Veerman, Sangare, Gutierrez, Simons, El Ghazi, Gakpo

Subs: Hoever, Teze, Obispo, van Ginkel, de Jong, Madueke, Drommel, Junior, Til, Waterman, Bakayoko, Ledezma

04:30 PM

Arsenal team and subs: Ramsdale, Saliba, Odegaard and Martinelli start

Starting XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Holding, Saliba, Tierney, Odegaard, Xhaka, Sambi Lokonga, Vieira, Nketiah, Martinelli

Subs: White, Partey, Gabriel, Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Cedric, Nelson, Hein, Cirjan, Smith, Ibrahim

Back-up goalkeeper Matt Turner is injured, so misses the chance to make another appearance. Arteta is trying to spread Europa League minutes around his Premier League starters. Saka and Jesus started the home game last Thursday, Odegaard and Martinelli come in for them tonight. Likewide Saliba for Gabriel at the back.

04:22 PM

Arsenal’s task tonight

Like their big six rivals, Arsenal have had to navigate a mammoth October and this evening they play their eighth game of nine at PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League.

A draw or better would guarantee Arsenal top spot in the group, which is significant now the tournament has been restructured. Group winners go straight through to the last-16 and avoid a two-legged play-off (effectively a round of 32) at an earlier date.

Should Arsenal get the job done tonight, they will not play a European game of substance until March 9. Should they lose, there is the insurance of a home game against whipping boys Zurich next week but that comes three days before a trip to Chelsea when Mikel Arteta will want to rest players.

03:13 PM

Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus ready for challenge of long season

By Sam Dean in Eindhoven

Gabriel Jesus has said he is ready to play 70 games this season if needed and promised that his mini-goal drought will soon come to an end.

The Arsenal striker believes he is a far more resilient character now than he was during his early years at Manchester City, and said the recent birth of his daughter has helped him to cope with the demands of leading the line for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Jesus has not scored in his last five appearances for Arsenal but continues to impress with his all-round performances alongside Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, the young duo he described as “machines”.

Arteta will therefore be tempted to field another strong team, perhaps including Jesus in the centre of his attacking trio.

Asked if he would be tired by playing 70 games this season in all competitions, Jesus said: “Of course not. I’m doing good recovery after the games — eating better, sleeping better, enjoying life in the Arsenal shirt a lot. So I’m ready to play 50, 60, 70 games per season. I’m ready.

“It helps me a lot to recover my mind. It’s not all about the body. The mind is more important because in my opinion it controls the body. So I stay with my family, play with my daughter [five-month-old Helena], that helps me a lot.”

Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus recovers after a clash during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC - SHUTTERSTOCK
Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus recovers after a clash during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC – SHUTTERSTOCK

Jesus added that he no longer becomes so frustrated at himself during difficult times, saying: “Now is different. I don’t get a lot of frustration any more. Honestly, if I come here to talk with you guys I’ll be myself. If I am performing good I am going to tell you good things. When not, why lie?

“There are still things to improve. I want to improve, I want to help and I want to learn with the coach, the staff and the players. Every training session I want to improve. Now I am more experienced with that. Before, I got frustrated so easily. Now, no. I have a strong character now.”

Jesus has proved an inspirational figure on and off the pitch at Arsenal, especially for Saka and Martinelli alongside him in attack.

“They are machines,” said Jesus. “I joke with them. I think I am a player with a lot of energy and I run all the time, I fight all the time. But when I train every day with them I realise I am not even close to them. They just don’t stop. They are machines, quality players as well. And they’re still young, both 21. I am lucky to play with them.”

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