Back in the Champions League- Arsenal look like they belong :”At the Emirates Stadium, the monumental occasion of Arsenal’s six-year absence from the Champions League was met with delight. Even the lyrics of the tournament song were written in the matchday program to commemorate the event, but few spectators sung along to “Zadok The Priest.” The opening bars of the national anthem nevertheless resounded around the stadium, indicating a cathartic release of the pain felt during their protracted exile from Europe’s top club stage.”
The Gunners were committed to maximizing their return to the spotlight, and they succeeded admirably. They easily defeated PSV Eindhoven 4-0, playing with the kind of confidence normally reserved for seasoned Champions League candidates. Notably, none of the starters from their most recent Champions League encounter, a 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in March 2017, are still with the team. In actuality, only midfielder Mohamed Elneny is still alive from the group. Even though Mikel Arteta was the team’s first-time Champions League manager, they shown no symptoms of trepidation.
In his post-game press conference, Arteta reflected on the intense atmosphere and remarked, “It was amazing to witness the excitement and hear the Champions League music. Before it, everyone was getting a little emotional, including me. I was very enthusiastic about it. I was quite excited, but I tried to keep my composure and hide it well. When we won the opportunity to participate in this competition last year, which is where we must be as a club, the trip officially began. At this point, we must deliver.
Arsenal showed a deadly touch in front of goal, a trait they’ve occasionally lacked in the Premier League, while PSV’s defense left much to be desired. Within the first 38 minutes, they jumped out to a 3-0 lead with to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard, and Bukayo Saka, all of whom scored expertly. PSV had trouble stopping Arsenal’s firepower, which allowed Arteta to make a number of substitutions in the second half and keep several of the game’s key players for the next North London derby.
Martin degaard scored a fourth goal, further demonstrating his propensity for setting up goals from perilous positions. Thanks to substantial investments in players like Trossard, Rice, and Havertz, Arsenal has changed significantly since their Europa League matchup with the Dutch team last season, as evidenced by this victory against PSV.
The decision to start David Raya in goal for the second straight game was notable and raised concerns about Aaron Ramsdale’s situation. Raya was chosen as a result of his skill with the ball since he started attacks and allowed Arsenal’s defense to start from higher places on the field.
Arsenal finally looked like they belonged in the Champions League as a result of Arteta’s lineup decisions.