Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s European experience helped them win a point last night against PSG. The Gunners conceded after just 42 seconds and, but for some outrageously wasteful finishing, might have been on the end of a real pasting.
However, the home side came to rue their missed opportunities – as is often the way – and Alexis Sanchez’s equaliser was enough to take a point back to North London.
After the game the manager admitted his side had started poorly, but said an improved second half display was down to the fact his side kept going under difficult circumstances.
“When you start so badly against a team of that quality you need experience,” he said. “If you are too young, you can be caught. I thought that we didn’t panic, and overall we were resilient enough, and the resilience comes through experience.
“I told the players at half-time that if we keep playing we will come back, because we could see if we had better possession we could score goals. They played at a high pace, but even in the first half I think we were in trouble mainly when we lost the ball on the counter-attack because they pressed well.
“Even in the first half you could see that if we managed to keep the ball a bit better we would be dangerous – we created chances. In the first half, our midfield played a bit too far from Alexis. In the second half we played higher, and after the kick-off in the second half we had a good chance to come back, which we did.
“Overall, I think it was a good result to come here and not lose and pick up a point.”
It’s certainly a better start than last season’s European campaign, but obviously there are things in the performance and team selection that have to be addressed before the next game.