Arsenal’s hopes of finishing top of group A were dented in a dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Paris Saint German on Wednesday night, as Alex Iwobi’s late own-goal saw the visitors finish the night on top of the group.
An amazing stat came from the game at the Emirates Stadium last night, something which hasn’t happened in a Champions League game for seven years.
2009 – Arsenal v PSG is the first Champions League match to have more goals than shots on target since Rangers v Unirea in Oct 2009. Quirky.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 23, 2016
For the first time since Rangers were beaten 4-1 by Romanian side Unirea Urziceni in 2009 there were more goals than there were shots on target.
It sounds impossible but because of own-goals from Marco Verratti and Iwobi, Opta counted just three shots on target – one of those being Olivier Giroud’s penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Edinson Cavani put the French side in the lead after 18 minutes before Arsenal equalised just before the break.
Verratti then turned the ball into his own net to put the hosts in the driving seat, before Iwobi scored at the wrong end to end their hopes of a crucial victory.
It may not seem that important as they have already qualified for the next round of the competition, however finishing second in the group sets-up a more difficult tie in the knockout stages.
That is something Arsenal are well aware of, and despite being level on points with PSG they will finish behind them on head-to-head if it stays that way after scoring two away goals in London.
Arsene Wenger’s men will be praying for an unlikely favour from Ludogrets in the final round of games if they are to avoid the possibility of meeting the likes of Barcelona in the next round.