PSV failed to score any important points in Thursday’s Europa League tie against Arsenal in London. A late goal from Granit Xhaka gave London the win.
PSV were facing Arsenal, the top of the English Premier League, having lost just one Premier League game this season. PSV were boosted by the return of his Luuk de Jong and his Noni Madueke, who returned to the bench from injury layoffs.
Ruud van Nistelrooij would have entered the happier halftime break of the two managers as his game plan to keep the Gunners at bay worked. Along with slim chances from Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Jesus, Eindhovenalen successfully fumbled Mikel Arteta’s team.
Jesus broke through the PSV defense just after half-time, but the striker lost his balance before taking the shot and was easily saved by Walter Benitez.
The Brazilian was a nuisance for PSV when Bukayo Saka hit a through ball shortly afterwards. Benitez was able to save Saka’s Toupork.
Arsenal began to break PSV resistance more regularly in the second half, with Yes again finding space in the box but failing to get the ball into the net.
A long-awaited moment for PSV when Noni Madueke returned to the side in the 64th minute. The English winger, widely regarded as one of PSV’s best players, has been sidelined with injury since last season. Maduke showed off his trademark dribbling against a formidable opponent and showed no signs of rust.
Arsenal took the lead in the 70th minute. Former Vitesse midfielder Martin Audegaard played the ball to Japanese right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu. The cross was volleyed into the net with Xhaka’s weak foot.
PSV tried to get back into the game, but Arsenal’s second goal looked more likely than Eindhovenalen equalizing. After Armando Obispo ruined a slide tackle, Benitez capped off a great performance by stopping Saka’s scoring again.
After the game, the 2,500 PSV supporters on the move applauded the players as Ruud van Nistelrooy’s team gave it their all. It was clear that England’s opponents had improved in quality, especially on the physical side.
Overall, despite the loss, PSV will take many positives from the night. Arsenal secured their place in the next round with this victory. PSV will face the London club again next week in Eindhoven.
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