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Hello, and welcome to Nigerianeye's live coverage of the match in the Champions League between Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.


The Gunners and PSG head into Matchday Five having already qualified for the last 16 of the competition but both clubs are eager to finish at the top of Group A.

The two teams are locked on 10 points and victory for either side is likely to earn them a place among the seeds for the knockout stages.

The reverse fixture in Paris ended in a 1-1 draw, with Alexis Sanchez cancelling out Edinson Cavani's first-minute opener.

OFFICIAL LINE-UPS

ARSENAL: Ospina, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Ramsey, Alexis, Ozil, Iwobi, Giroud

ARSENAL SUBSTITUTES: Cech, Monreal, Gabriel, Xhaka, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Areola; Maxwell, T.Silva, Marquinhos, Meunier; Motta, Krychowiak, Verratti; Matuidi, Cavani, Lucas

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN SUBSTITUTES: Trapp, Kimpembe, Ben Arfa, Jese, Nkunku, Augustin, Ikone







The full-time whistle goes at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal have been held by PSG. It's a result that leaves the Gunners staring at another second place in the group stages of the Champions League. They need Ludogorets to do them a favour in Paris. Thanks for joining our live coverage of the match!


90+3 min FULL TIME: Arsenal 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain

90+2 min It's been all PSG over the last five minutes. This game is over.

90 min There will be three minutes of added-on time. PSG are starting to dominate possession.

86 min Time is starting to run out for Arsenal. They are pushing for the goal that they require to stay at the top of Group A but they are unable to create an opening.

82 min CHANCE! How has Cavani not scored a second goal here?! Lucas supplies the perfect cross for the forward but he sends his glancing header wide of the post from eight yards.

80 min SUBSTITUTIONS! Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have both been introduced by Wenger. Arsenal are going for the win.

79 min CHANCE! Oh my word. How casual is Cavani?! A through-ball sends him clear of the Arsenal defence but he attempts to chip Ospina, only to clip the ball straight into the hands of the goalkeeper. It's an abysmal effort.

77 min Disaster for Arsenal and for Iwobi! Ben Arfa's corner to the back post finds Lucas Moura who heads on goal and the ball ends up in the net. However, replays show that Iwobi made the telling touch and that will probably go down as an own goal. Arsenal need to rally.

77 min GOAL! Arsenal 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain (Iwobi own goal)

74 min Arsenal do an excellent job of bullying Verratti and reclaiming possession but after Sanchez is teed up by Giroud, he can't find the sliding Ramsey at the back post. Decent opening for the Gunners.

71 min SHOT! PSG are desperate for an equaliser but they shouldn't be so desperate that Motta is having to shoot from more than 30 yards out. His effort goes several yards over the bar.

69 min I'm rather surprised that Wenger hasn't introduced either Xhaka or Elneny yet. It would show that he is looking to see out the game but the Gunners could do with more steel in the midfield. Coquelin is also carrying a yellow card.

66 min There's a real openness to this game now but while Arsenal look threatening on the break, it doesn't really suit them. Krychowiak has just been replaced by Hatem Ben Arfa - expect even more space to open up.

62 min HUGE penalty appeals from PSG after Koscielny appears to push Cavani to the ground but the replay shows that the defender barely touched him and it's the right decision by the referee. Cavani was very theatrical.

59 min Talk about lucky! Arsenal take the lead in very fortuitious circumstances but I am sure that they don't care! Ramsey's shot was blocked by Silva but the ball rebounded off Verratti and went into the bottom corner from 10 yards out! Arsenal will top the group if they can see the rest of this game.

59 min GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Verratti own goal)

55 min BOOKING! Verratti now goes into the book for hauling down Sanchez. He will now miss the final group game.

54 min WOODWORK! So, so close from Lucas Moura! What an outrageous effort from the free kick. His shot struck the crossbar and went behind for a goal kick. Ospina never had a chance.

53 min BOOKING! Koscielny gets himself into trouble on the edge of the penalty area and he is forced to bring down the PSG player who was about to dispossess him.

52 min Iwobi is looking the most energetic of the Arsenal players but you have to think that's probably because he has been told he will be coming off first, or am I being too cynical?

49 min I'd like to think that this match can only get better but we have had an uneventful opening four minutes to this second half. Of course, it's early days but I was expecting a faster start from Arsenal.

46 min We are back underway at the Emirates Stadium.


The half-time whistle goes at the Emirates Stadium and unbelievably, Arsenal are level. There only shot on goal in the entire 45 minutes was that penalty and PSG are going to be livid that they haven't gone into the break with a lead.


45+1 min HALF TIME: Arsenal 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain

45+1 min GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Giroud)

45 min PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Sanchez is brought down by Krychowiak in the penalty area. Huge chance for Arsenal!

42 min Jenkinson gets an opportunity to whip a cross into the box but he over-hits it and it goes out for a goal kick. The crowd are soon on his back, which isn't going to help things.

41 min A corner! Arsenal have a corner! Let's start the ticker-tape parade...

It's played short and Iwobi's cross is poor. Back to square one.

38 min Arsenal barely created anything during the second half against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon so they've nearly gone through 90 minutes without only one clear-cut effort on goal and that was Giroud's header at Old Trafford. They've been so ineffective in attack tonight.

34 min BOOKING! This is a harsh booking for Coquelin. He went in hard on Motta but he got all of the ball. It wasn't good enough for the referee, however, and Coquelin will now miss the game in Basel.

31 min BOOKING! Marquinhos goes into the book for preventing Arsenal launching a counter-attack through Sanchez.

28 min Ramsey and Giroud combine to release the Welsh midfielder into the area but he is superbly dispossessed by Silva who also manages to win a goal kick for his troubles. Arsenal are having no joy whatsoever in the final third. It could be a long night.

25 min Arsenal finally have a bit of joy in the final third as Ozil gets behind the PSG defence but after a few twists and turns, his cross is blocked before ricocheting back off him.

22 min That goal has certainly woken up the crowd but there's only frustration coming from the stands right now. Arsenal really haven't got going and this isn't the first time of late. It's as ineffective as the Manchester United performance so far.

18 min It hadn't necessarily been coming but Arsenal have started very slowly and they have paid the price. After Matuidi was played in down the left, he sent the ball across to Cavani who was able to slide in at the back post to give PSG the lead from no more than three yards out.

18 min GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Cavani)

15 min CHANCE! Huge let off for Arsenal! A corner from the right isn't the best but Cavani's flick on deflects off the boot of Silva and Gibbs is forced to clear off the line.

13 min Still no shots on goal and I think the crowd are beginning to clock on to the fact we are yet to see anyone try their luck in and around the area. The best we have seen so far is Cavani failing to make contract with a header inside the penalty area.

9 min We are yet to see a shot on goal but the passing and inter-changes are sharp and I don't think it will be too long before we see either goalkeeper tested. We are yet to see much of Sanchez.

6 min Arsenal are having much more of the ball now but they are being chased down well by PSG. It nearly leads to Ospina being caught in possession by Cavani but the second-choice stopper was able to get rid of the ball just in time.

3 min The home side started with the high intensity that I called for at the start of the game but a couple of mistakes has led to PSG dominating much of possession in these early stages. Both teams showing their hand early.

1 min Arsenal get us underway.

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