Arsenal qualified … but not yet guaranteed top spot in the Europa League group stage
Arsenal won against PSV Eindhoven (1-0), this Thursday in late match of Europa League. The Gunners have thus obtained their qualification for the next round but are not yet sure to finish in the first place of their group.
Originally scheduled for 15 September, the Europa League game between Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven had been postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The game finally took place on today’s night and the Gunners won (1-0). A tight win that allows them to qualify for the next round but not yet validate their ticket for the last 16. For this, Mikel Arteta and his team will have to be assured of finishing on the top of their group, which is not yet the case.
Continuing their excellent start to the season, the London club, the current leader of the Premier League, have dominated most of the match. But he had to wait until the second half to open the scoring with his captain, Granit Xhaka (70′), on a first shot with the right foot after receiving the ball from a cross from Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Walter Benitez, PSV goalkeeper, had delayed the opener from the hosts, by saving chances from Bukayo Saka (54′) and Gabriel Jesus (61′). The former Nice goalkeeper also saved his team from a bigger loss by saving a shot from Gabriel Martinelli (79′) but could not prevent the PSV’s first loss this season in Europa League. However, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s men remain in second place in Group A after four games, with a good chance for qualifying.