A 77th minute strike from Alexis Sanchez was enough to secure what turned out to be an unlikely point for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw against PSG on Tuesday. 

Arsene Wenger made several changes to his line-up as Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott made way for Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez.

The Arsenal manager went with the option of not using a natural striker which saw Arsenal drop points in the Premier League last month.

However, the biggest surprise was not Olivier Giroud’s omission. David Ospina was preferred to Petr Cech in goal as Wenger repeated his big call from last season’s opening games in the competition.

And within 44 seconds after kick-off, the Gunners were left with regrets as Edison Cavani headed in Serge Aurier’s cross. The visitors hardly produced a response and indeed had it not been for the Uruguayan striker’s profligacy, Arsenal could have conceded more goals in a below-par first half.

The second-half saw Arsenal’s attack continue to look toothless against Thiago Silva and company until Olivier Giroud, who was later sent off for unnecessary fouls, replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

And not too long after that tactical alteration, a cut-back pass from Ozil found Iwobi whose shot was saved before Sanchez smashed home the rebound.

Both sides carved out late changes to win the affair but after a string of brilliant saves from Ospina on a wasteful night from PSG’s attack, it was clear that Wenger’s men would be happier with the result.

As they did on Saturday, Arsenal somehow snatched more than they deserved by using a late goal to spare the blushes of an indifferent performance. With that being said, it is very refreshing to watch a team which has often been defeated after dominant shows in the past give opponents a taste of their own medicine.

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