What a glorious result. TOP OF THE GROUP! Arsenal took this one 4-1 over Basel. Arsenal needing PSG to draw or lose got just that and somehow managed to win the group on the final day.
One quick note, I plan on writing a brief summary for each Arsenal performance for the remainder of the season (starting now….sorry4thawait).
Arsenal looked sharp early on, Lucas Perez bagged a brace before the half (8′, 16′). The Gunners picked up where they left off as Perez completed the hattrick just 2 minutes into the second half (47′)…side note- Lucas Perez has scored more Champions League goals this season than Tottenham :). Iwobi finished off the game in the 53rd after some neat link up play by Ozil and Sanchez.
Sanchez, who is in red hot form should have bagged his own around the 70th when his free kick from 20 yards out baffled the keeper only to be stopped by the cross bar. Arsenal then conceded late in the 78′ after a Rob Holding miscue.
After a performance like this out of Perez I wouldn’t be surprised to see him bag a start on the weekend. Other than that I thought the pairing of Ramsey and Xhaka worked well, however I can’t see Arsene trusting them at this time so we’ll likely see Coquelin back in the 11 this weekend.
All in all a great TEAM performance and finishing top of the group is brilliant. Gotta love Champions league weekday action.
See you on the weekend for Arsenal v. Stoke from the Emirates…kick off is 10AM on NBCSN – watch online if you don’t have the channel!