Arsenal 4-0 PSV – Champions League RECAP: Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Jesus, and Martin Odegaard score in dream return to Europe’s top table

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Relive Mail Sport’s live blog for thescores, team news and updates as Arsenal faced PSV in the Champions League at the Emirates Stadium.

David Raya winding down the clock at goal kick

Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes has made it 4-3 in Munich! 4-3 to Bayern.

Into stoppage time at the Emirates

Three minutes have been added on.

Bayern Munich get a fourth in their game!

Mathys Tel has converted for Bayern.

Meanwhile, Ricardo pepi comes on for Luuk de Jong for PSV.

3-2 over at Bayern-United

Casemiro gets one back for Erik ten Hag’s team.

Arsenal drive forward

Does Martin Odegaard ever run out of energy?

He’s charging forward with the ball with what you’d call reckless abandon, expect it’s not reckless – everything with him is calculated. No lack of enthusiasm here with just five minutes of regular time to go.

Arsenal cement control

At half-time we said Arsenal had had 52% possession, but that now stands at 59%.

Their substitutions have fit into the system well.

A shout-out to Kai Havertz, also. He’s had a tricky start at Arsenal and though he was quiet in the firts half tonight, he’s emerged with influence in the second.

Arsenal sub: roars for Declan Rice from Arsenal crowd

Jorginho replaces Declan Rice, with a great cheer rising from the crowd.

PSV also bring on a couple of subs.

Andre Ramalho Silva and Yorbe Vertessen on, Armel Bella-Kotchap and Noa Lang off.

Havertz shot deflected wide

Fabio Vieira does well to break into the box and find Havertz, whose shot deflects out for a corner.


A stunning strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the D by Martin Odegaard.

After a period of sustained pressure, Arsenal countered through Kai Havertz, who carried the ball well and found Emile Smith Rowe.

The attack looked to fizzle out when Smith Rowe misplaced a pass to Reiss Nelson, but he buzzed around and eventually found Odegaard outside the box.

He cut to the left and swiped it into the far corner. A great hit.

Arsenal subs

Emile Smith Rowe on for Gabriel Jesus.

Fabio Vieira on for Bukayo Saka.

Lozano forces corner; Dest miscues shot

Hirving Lozano has won a corner with PSV after a blocked shoot.

Sergino Dest had a shot from the egde of the area but it ballooned over and wide.

PSV subs

Hirving Lozano on for Johan Bakayoko.

Malik Tillman on for Ismael Saibara.

Gabriel Jesus turns it round the post!

Reiss Nelson has been effective since coming on. Lots of energy.

He jinks around and finds Kai Havertz on the left of the area, who prods it in the direction of Gabriel jesus, but as he’s turning and falling he drags it wide of the post from a couple of yards out.

Arsenal subs

Reiss Nelson on for Leandro Trossard.

Takehiro Tomiyasu on for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Tempers flare between Declan Rice and Luuk de Jong

Luuk de Jong is irate at Declan Rice for catching him during a challenge, but there was no ill intent in that.

Rice protests his innocence and the referee talks to him, but it’s more de Jong who is kicking off here.

PSV attack and work Raya!

Young Johan Bakayoko cut inside on the right flank and curled a left-footed shot into the hands of David Raya.

Bakayoko, just 20, has given a good acocunt of himself in this game and has attracted attention from top European clubs this year.

PSV’s defensive strategy has not changed

I’d suggest that we could see more goals in this half because PSV have not reigned in their defensive strategy.

They’ve kept the line high and their back four are so narrow, really affording space to Arsenal on the flanks. Clearly they see some value in it but it has left a foul stain on their night so far.

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Odegaard the puppet master

Martin Odegaard has been sensational tonight.

He dinked Gabriel Jesus over the top once again there. His vision for a pass and his execution have been first-rate.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich have restored their two-goal advantage. It’s now 3-1 courtesy of a Harry Kane penalty!

Yellow card for Olivier Boscagli

The PSV defender took out Gabriel Jesus.

PSV get into Arsenal’s area

Once again, Noa Lang troubled Ben White down the left side there and found himself in Arsenal’s area thanks to his skills.

It didn’t come to anything, though.

Meanwehile, Manchester United have one back through Rasmus Hojlund. It’s 2-1 in Munich.

PSV begin the second half

Second half beginning shortly

Check out our Manchester United live blog also

So far it has been a miserable night for Manchester United in Munich. To get a feel for how things are going down there, check out our blog on the game. Just make sure you follow the Arsenal one too!

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The stats don’t tell the full story

Arsenal have had 10 shots to PSV’s 9, and the Gunners have hardly had the lion’s share of possession – just 52%.

One thing that has made a difference is that they’re not rushing. Seven of their shots have been on target, compared to PSV’s two.

Watch back Gabriel Jesus’ goal later and look how calm he was. It felt like there was an eternity between his first touch and the goal because he got the ball that still.

How was that, Arsenal fans?

I don’t think you’ll see many more prolific halves than that in the Champions League this season. Not against a side of PSV’s ilk, with senior internationals and a brilliant defensive record until tonight.

That was majestic from Arsenal. Majestic, sublime, ruthless. Every time they got on the ball in PSV’s half, they looked like they could score a goal. Their Dutch opponents were in disarray.

From back to front, Arsenal have been magnificent so far. But it’s far from over yet.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
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Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Wednesday September 20, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA WireRESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder..

Half-time: Arsenal 3-0 PSV

Two minutes added on

Not much of note in recent minutes. PSV have tried to use Luuk de Jong as an outlet but William Saliba and Gabriel have been a solid central two defenders.

GOAL ARSENAL! 3-0! Gabriel Jesus!

It’s a thunderous strike from Gabriel Jesus and now he’s got a well-earned goal!

Leandro Trossard receives a long ball on the left flank and plays in a superb pass. Jesus traps it with his first touch, and slams it home with his second. Marvellous technique and a clinical finish.

That’s his 21st Champions League goal.

David Raya watch

David Raya’s performance so far has been intriguing.

PSV have held quite a high line, so rather than going short, often Arsenal’s ‘keeper has gone long to mixed success.

He also steps really wide sometimes when giving defenders a passing option. If they lost the ball, PSV would have an empty goal. It’s a risky strategy but it allows Arsenal to play their way out of trouble.

Over at Bayern… it’s 2-0 already thanks to a former Arsenal man!

Arsenal and Bayern Munich are locking horns in the contest of who can score the most!

Serge Gnabry has doubled the German side’s lead.

Meanwhile at the Emirates, we haven’t seen a chance for a few minutes but Arsenal are enjoying a period of sustained possession.

Arsenal’s front three currently unplayable

Arsenal’s front three have caused PSV all sorts of trouble.

Their dribbling has been balletic, their movement well-timed, and their shooting lethal. Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard have been given way too much space on the wings, but when they encounter opposition, they brush past them as if it’s playground football. This is seriously impressive stuff.

A goal at Bayern Munich… but for who?

Bayern Munich have taken a 1-0 lead in their clash against Manchester United via Leroy Sane.

Jesus denied by Benitez!

This is too easy for Arsenal.

Leandro Trossard progressed in from the left flank and gave the ball to Gabriel Jesus, who shimmies to the right, opens up his body, and unleashes a shot destined for the top corner from the edge of the area.

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Walter Benitez saves with a big dive and it’s an Arsenal corner, though that comes to nothing.

Raya claims cross and Arsenal hit back

PSV had a nice spell of danger there, feeling their way around the edge of the area, but couldn’t trouble David Raya as a cross from the right sails into his arms.

Arsenal go the other end and force Walter Benitez into a save. They’re carving the Dutch side open here.

GOAL ARSENAL! 2-0! Leandro Trossard!

A fantastic goal on the counter-attack.

Gabriel Jesus burst through the middle of the park after claiming possession, fed it to Bukayo Saka on the right flank, and he picked out Leandro trossard on the edge of the area.

The Belgian hits it first-time and it slips past Walter Benitez into the corner.

A beautiful goal, and so much credit should go to Jesus for his intuition, pace, and decisiveness.

Saka in control; Jesus heads wide

Saka is in his element here, dribbling where he likes.

He cuts into the centre to try and find a scoring opportunity, but plays it wide. A cross from the left finds Gabriel Jesus but he is under pressure, off balance, and can’t generate much power. A limp header runs well wide.

Noa Lang looking promising

Ben White has his work cut out tonight as Noa Lang is looking like a bright spark for PSV down the left-hand side.

He’s got good feet and when given space, he’s pouncing on it with a shot or by cutting inside.

Arsenal on top

Well, after that early opener, Arsenal are capitalising on a sleepy PSV.

They’ve had a couple of chances since the goal and are in the ascendancy here.


Martin Odegaard shoots from the edge of the area, and Bukayo Saka pounces on the end of Walter Benitez’s save.

Arsenal shaky in possession

Oleksandr Zinchenko lofted a ball across the defensive line there and though William Saliba managed to trap it, it was difficult to deal with.

Arsenal play a couple of passes but lose the ball in their third and it ends with Luuk de Jong scufifng a volley wide.

Arsenal get creative

Martin Odegaard threaded through Bukayo Saka in the box but they failed to make the most of it. A promising start, though, if they can carve PSV open like that with one pass.

Raya makes save

PSV broke nicely there and Noa Lang got a low shot off from the left corner of the box, but it was an easy take for David Raya and settles him into the game.

We’re underway!

After a false start, we’re underway! Gabriel Jesus plays it back to David Raya.

Silence for victims in Morocco and Libya

We have some moments of contemplation for the victims of the catastrophic events in Morocco and Libya.

Captains shake hands

Martin Odegaard greets Luuk de Jong in the centre of the park as Felix Swayer, tonight’s referee, runs them through the coin toss.

Players lining up to theme tune

Fans have been singing songs familiar to the club but now it’s time for the Champions League anthem, and it is greeted with applause and cheers. They’ve been waiting to hear that one for six years.

Players in the tunnel

The lights are flashing and the players are in the tunnel. We’re just minutes away now.

Ten minutes until kick-off

Arsenal vs PSV historical record

Arsenal and PSV have only ever met eight times, despite long histories in Europe.

They won 4-0 in their first encounter in Eindhoven in 2002, with Thierry Henry scoring a late double.

Overall, Arsenal have won three, drawn three, and lost two against the Dutch giants.

They met in the group stages of the Europa League last season, with the Gunners sealing a 1-0 win at home thanks to a Granit Xhaka goal but losing 2-0 away.

Late action at the Bernabeu

We’ve just witnessed some manic scenes at the Bernabeu as Jude Bellingham prodded home a 94th-minute winner for Real Madrid against Union Berlin.

With a last-touch Lazio goalkeeper goal last night, and other crazy games, the Champions League is already delivering.

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Raya warms up

First pictures of Arsenal’s warm-up coming in and here we see a rain-soaked David Raya preparing for his Champions League bow.

Quite a night for a man who once went on loan to Southport in the fifth tier.

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What is PSV’s form like?

PSV enter this clash in fearsome form.

They’re top of the Eredivisie with four wins in four, scoring 13 and conceding one.

Luuk de Jong, if you remember him from an ill-fated stint at Newcastle in 2013/14, has scored four so far this campaign.

With 18 goals last season, he’s a traditional ‘handful’ – William Saliba and Gabriel will have their work cut out against his physicality.

PSV release their line-up

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Mikel Arteta explains David Raya-Aaron Ramsdale situation

Mikel Arteta defended his decision to drop Aaron Ramsdale at the weekend.

‘I respect opinions and I understand historically what happened, but for me there is nothing different. We’ve been doing it [swapping goalkeepers] for many years,’ he said.

Raya is in again tonight. Read more below.

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Arsenal team is out… and Declan Rice starts!

Welcome to the big leagues, Declan Rice.

He’s already proven his worth in Europe with West Ham and now he’s got a shot at the Champions league with Arsenal.

David Raya starts ahead of Aaron Ramsdale between the sticks.

Martin Odegaard’s pre-match notes

Gabriel Jesus: ‘we believe we can win the Champions League’

Bold words from Gabriel Jesus as he reveals that the Arsenal camp are confident they have a chance of winning the Champions League on their return.

He says that the players have even been listening to the competition’s theme tune in the gym out of excitement, which is rather wholesome. It’s good when players retain the glee and excitement for the game that they had when they were a kid.

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David Raya toppling Aaron Ramsdale off his pedestal?

David Raya replaced Aaron Ramsdale at the weekend and a big question for Mikel Arteta going forward surrounds the identity of his first-choice goalkeeper.

Ramsdale did a solid job for Arsenal last season but was not infallible and Raya could be seen as the fashionable choice.

Would Ramsdale be satisfied with rotation? Who would you favour for the Premier League and Champions League?

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The Emirates welcomes Champions League football again

A rainy Emirates Stadium plays host to tonight’s encounter, but the weather is a minor detail on such a monumental occasion for Arsenal fans.

Their club is back on the stage which it called home for so long under Arsene Wenger.

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Good evening!

Hello and thanks for joining us at Mail Sport for our live blog of Arsenal vs PSV.

The Gunners’ last appearance in the competition was upsetting as they suffered a 5-1 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in March 2017. In a 10-2 aggregate loss in the Round of 16. Ouch.

But that was then, and Mikel Arteta has taken this side a long way since that dark day. Now optimism pervades the Emirates, dreams of titles and glory. Youth blends seamlessly with experience and Arsenal could go on a deep run this year.

Key Updates

  • 20:31, 70


  • 20:22, 62

    Gabriel Jesus turns it round the post!

  • 20:05

    PSV begin the second half

  • 19:49

    Half-time: Arsenal 3-0 PSV

  • 19:39, 38

    GOAL ARSENAL! 3-0! Gabriel Jesus!

  • 19:21, 20

    GOAL ARSENAL! 2-0! Leandro Trossard!

  • 19:10, 9


  • 19:02, 1

    We’re underway!

  • 18:55

    Players in the tunnel

  • 18:21

    PSV release their line-up

  • 18:03

    Arsenal team is out… and Declan Rice and David Raya start!

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