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With a hard earned draw against Paris St. Germain in the French capital, we examine the performances of the Arsenal team in their opening Champions League group game.

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In what was a difficult night for Arsenal in Paris, Arsene Wenger's side managed to salvage a draw despite being dominated for the majority of the game.

A number of chances for Edison Cavani threatened to put the game beyond doubt, but a persevering Arsenal managed to conjure up an equaliser through Alexis Sanchez, and Arsenal will be happy to heading back to North London with a point on the board.

David Ospina - 8

A high profile change to the Arsenal line-up, and one questioned by fans and pundits alike, Ospina proved doubters wrong putting in a fantastic performance as Paris St. Germain ran riot in the first half.

Ospina was often quick off his line and made a number of high-profile saves to deny Edison Cavani more goals on the night.

Hector Bellerin - 7

With Arsenal pegged back throughout the first half, Bellerin's usual attacking style of play was stifled, limiting his opportunities to get forward. When he was able to get forward, Arsenal's lack of a clear target in the box limited his ability to affect proceedings. However, Bellerin's defensive prowess was clear for all to say as he made a number of important last ditch tackles to prevent Paris St. Germain running riot.

Laurent Koscielny - 6

At fault for the opening goal, as he charged out of position, leaving his defensive partner exposed. Koscielny grew into the game, and along with Mustafi made a number of key interceptions as Arsenal began to push higher up the pitch in the second half. The two were caught a number of times, but this was mainly due to the fantastic movement of Edison Cavani.

Shkodran Mustafi - 7

Assured on the ball and domineering in the air, Mustafi put in a solid performance in only his second appearance for the Gunners. Cavani got away from him a few times, but on the whole, a good performance from the German.

Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi in action with Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien RabiotArsenal's Shkodran Mustafi in action with Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot

Nacho Monreal - 5

Monreal had a tough evening in Paris. One of Arsenal's most consistent performers over the last year, Monreal struggled against a fantastic Serge Aurier. Angel Di Maria added further problems, and the lacking support from Alex Iwobi meant it was a long night for the Spaniard.

Santi Cazorla - 7

He struggled to establish himself in the first half as Paris St. Germain flooded the centre of midfield. Blaise Matuidi often drifted inside from the left overloading Arsenal's central pairing. Despite a difficult first half, Cazorla benefitted from the increased intensity from Arsenal and started to dictate the play.

Francis Coquelin - 6 (Sub: Granit Xhaka, 71')

Overrun in midfield, but a willing runner, Coquelin attempted to pressure the impressive Paris St. Germain midfield at every opportunity. Coquelin was the only player to run beyond Sanchez in the first-half, but many fans would have preferred Cazorla to be the one in the final third, as the Frenchman lacked an end product.

Alex Iwobi - 6

His defensive display was poor, leaving Monreal exposed a number of times throughout the game, but going forward he was extremely bright. Iwobi's movement was impressive, and created space for himself and teammates on a number of occasions.

Forcing the first save before Sanchez hammered home, Iwobi had a chance to steal the win for Arsenal drifting into space on the left, unfortunately for Arsenal the young attacker just lacked the finishing touch.

Arsenal's Alex IwobiArsenal's Alex Iwobi

Mesut Özil -5 (Sub: Mohamed Elneny, 85')

Anonymous for much of the game, Özil still looks like he's trying to find his feet this season. But, as all great players do, Özil still created the vital chance for Arsenal, drifting out wide and providing an inch-perfect ball to Alex Iwobi.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 5 (Sub: Olivier Giroud, 63')

The Ox struggled to assert himself on the game, and often looked lack-lustre in attack. We are still yet to see the best of Chamberlain in an Arsenal shirt, but his willingness to track back helped Bellerin greatly, providing the kind of support Monreal was only dreaming of.

Alexis Sanchez - 6

Sanchez dropped to deep during the first half as he tried to get a foot-hold in the game. This left Arsenal a little toothless in attack. Sanchez's performance improved greatly when Giroud entered the fray, allowing the Chilean to occupy the left. Whilst not a stellar performance, Sanchez came up with the goods, bagging Arsenal's equaliser in the 78th minute.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez scores their first goalArsenal's Alexis Sanchez scores their first goal


Olivier Giroud - 6

He will perhaps count himself a little unfortunate to be sent-off in the dying moments of the game, receiving a second yellow-card for what seemed an innocuous challenge on Marco Verratti. But Giroud's presence up top did wonders for Arsenal, occupying the two centre-backs and providing a focal point for his team-mates.

Granit Xhaka - 6

Provided steel in the Arsenal midfield, and projected a calming presence in the centre of the pitch.

Mohamed Elneny - N/A

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