Arsenal left Paris with FORGETABLE Champions League record
Arsenal have set an unwanted record in their Champions League group stage opener against Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsene Wenger’s men fell behind after just 42 seconds through Edinson Cavani’s well-taken header from Serge Aurier’s cross.
And the Uruguayan’s goal was the earliest the Gunners have conceded in Champions League history.
42 – Edinson Cavani’s strike is the earliest goal Arsenal have conceded in Champions League history (42 seconds). Stunned.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 13, 2016
It’s also the second time Cavani has scored a goal in the Champions League in under a minute.
The PSG star needed just 55 seconds to score against APOEL Nicosia in November 2014.
Alexis Sanchez struck late to rescue Arsenal as they secured a fortunate 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League Group A opener.
The Chilean rifled a low drive into the corner 13 minutes from time after the hosts had led inside 46 seconds courtesy of Edinson Cavani’s smart header.
PSG’s Uruguayan striker was the early hero but he finished the game as a bit of a villain as he failed to convert a number of gilt-edged opportunities that would have given Unai Emery’s men the commanding advantage their performance deserved.
Arsenal clung on with David Ospina, controversially selected ahead of Petr Cech, producing a series of fine saves to keep the visitors in it before Sanchez’s smash and grab effort from a rare foray forward.
The two sides finished the match with 10-men as the impressive Marco Verratti and Gunners substitute Olivier Giroud were harshly sent off in injury time for their second bookable offences.
The result is a real boost for Arsenal in what is widely perceived as their most difficult Group A clash on paper. With Basel and Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets making up the pool this was a meeting between the two teams many would expect to progress, meaning the Gunners will go into their forthcoming fixtures buoyed by the knowledge they got out of jail for what was a largely disjointed and poor showing.
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