PSV Eindhoven 1-1 Arsenal: Player ratings as Gunners conclude group stage with draw

  • Eddie Nketiah struck excellent opener for Arsenal in the first half
  • PSV equalised at the start of the second period through Yorbe Vertessen
  • Gunners had a potential late winner ruled out for offside

Arsenal concluded their Champions League group stage with a point against PSV Eindhoven
Arsenal concluded their Champions League group stage with a point against PSV Eindhoven / BSR Agency/GettyImages
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Arsenal rounded off their Champions League group stage with a 1-1 draw against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday evening.

Both sides were heavily rotated given their statuses in Group B, and the Gunners were fortunate not to find themselves behind early on. A combination of William Saliba and Gabriel ensured Johan Bakayoko's threatening cross didn't lead to PSV's opener.

The first half was hardly enthralling with Arsenal often pondering in the build-up and the hosts posing a threat in transition. However, it was the visitors that took the lead just before half-time after Reiss Nelson injected a bit of pace down the right, combining with Cedric before finding Eddie Nketiah, whose touch and finish was superb.

PSV quickly restored parity after half-time via an equally impressive Yorbe Vertessen strike after Arsenal had left a gaping void down the right side of their defence.

Mikel Arteta opted against the youth on his bench and introduced three core starters to the fold on the hour, but Arsenal's second half performance failed to immediately improve.

Jakub Kiwior had a potential late winner ruled out for offside, while a Gabriel error allowed Guus Til to bear down on Aaron Ramsdale's goal before the Dutchman dragged his effort wide. Leandro Trossard and Kiwior then spurned gilt-edge chances with the last kicks to win it for the Gunners.

Here are the Arsenal player ratings from their group stage finale.


PSV Eindhoven 1-1 Arsenal player ratings

Cedric Soares, Ismael Saibari
Cedric Soares on a rare Arsenal start / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Goalkeeper & Defenders

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) - 5.5/10 - Little to write home about, although there were a couple of moments in the second half when Ramsdale didn't look particularly convincing. Might've been hampered by an injury.

Cedric (RB) - 6.5/10 - There were understandable coplaints about his inclusion given the presence of youth on the bench, but Cedric did pretty well while he was on the pitch. The full-back was involved in the build-up to Nketiah's goal.

William Saliba (CB) - 6.5/10 - Made a couple of decisive interventions in the first half, but his mistimed interception played a big role in PSV equalising at the start of the second half.

Gabriel (CB) - 4/10 - This was a bit of a clumsy performance from Gabriel after helping Saliba save an early goal. The Brazilian was more keen than usual to go to ground, and there were a couple of lapses in possession.

Jakub Kiwior (LB) - 4/10 - Another outing where Kiwior did not enjoy the left flank. Johan Bakayoko comprehensively won the duel with the Polish international.

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