Arsenal vs PSV Match Analysis & Prediction
20/09/2023 10:00 pm
Stepping out to the Champions League anthem for the first time in six-and-a-half years, Arsenal host PSV Eindhoven at the Emirates Stadium for Wednesday’s Group B opener.
The Gunners punched their ticket to Europe-s elite competition through a second-placed finish in the 2022-23 Premier League, while PSV avenged last summer’s playoff defeat to Rangers.
Arsenal will finally dine at Europe’s top table once again in the coming weeks, although qualification was only a consolation prize after their title charge crashed and burned in the latter stages of last season.
Nevertheless, the Gunners – who have never lifted the Champions League trophy – have managed to avoid one of the more intimidating draws on offer in the group stage, as two struggling sides in Lens and Europa League holders Sevilla will also be vying for the top-two spots in Group B.
Mikel Arteta’s side have not dazzled on the attacking front so far this season, but Leandro Trossard provided the necessary spark to secure a 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, where Arsenal were also without a win since Arsene Wenger was in charge in 2017-18, and they remain unbeaten across all competitions this season.
However, home clean sheets continue to elude Arsenal, whose only Emirates shut-out in their last 11 matches came on the final day of last season against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
On account of their defeat to Rangers at the final qualifying hurdle last year, PSV were condemned to Europa League group-stage football, where they were bested 1-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates before beating the Gunners 2-0 at Philips Stadion a week later.
PSV’s hopes of Europa League glory were quickly dashed by eventual winners Sevilla in the playoff round, but lightning would not strike twice for Rangers this time around, as after dispatching Sturm Graz in qualifying, Peter Bosz’s side swept the Scottish giants aside 7-3 on aggregate.
A 5-1 home victory in Eindhoven rubber-stamped PSV’s return to the Champions League group stages, where they have not been present since the 2018-19 season, and the Rood-witten still have just the one European Cup to their name from the 1987-88 campaign, where they overcame Benfica on penalties in the final.
Arsenal vs. PSV Head to head
In the eight previous meetings between these two teams, Arsenal have claimed three victories while PSV have won two, and they have drawn in three. PSV have scored five goals and conceded eight in the process.
Arsenal Team News
Arsenal are working without a trio of known absentees in Thomas Partey (groin), Jurrien Timber and Mohamed Elneny (both knee).
The Gunners suffered another untimely blow at the weekend, as Gabriel Martinelli tweaked his hamstring while running through to score a goal which was ultimately disallowed.
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PSV Team News
PSV were dealt a concern with one of their key attackers at the weekend, as winger Noa Lang was forced off 11 minutes into the second half against NEC and has emerged as a doubt for the midweek contest.
However, Bosz has a ready-made replacement in Hirving Lozano, who made his second debut for PSV off the bench at the weekend, but defenders Armando Obispo, Fredrik Oppegard and Mauro Junior are all confined to the treatment room.
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