Arsenal 4-0 PSV: Arteta Makes Admission About His Squad After Emphatic Win in UCL Opener

Arsenal 4-0 PSV: Arteta Makes Admission About His Squad After Emphatic Win in UCL Opener

Rene Otinga
September 21, 2023 at 6:02 AM
  • Arsenal returned to the Champions League after a six-year absence with an emphatic victory over PSV
  • The Gunners were in inspired form as they fired four past the Dutch side
  • Mikel Arteta spoke after the game as he admitted to having “good headaches” with his squad

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta gave a refreshingly honest interview after his side’s 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, September 20.

Victory for the Gunners in the Group B Champions League encounter was wrapped up in the first half as they scored three goals to put the game beyond the visitors.

Bukayo Saka found the opener after eight minutes before Leandro Trossard made it 2-0 after running onto a perfectly laid ball from Saka.

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Oleksandr Zinchenko receives instructions from manager Mikel Arteta during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2023. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
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Gabriel Jesus, who was clearly in the mood on the day, deservedly got his first goal and Arsenal’s third seven minutes from halftime with excellent control and a good finish in the opposition box.

With the game won already, Arteta made wholesale changes at halftime with Saturday’s North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in mind.

Martin Odegaaard then made it 4-0 with 20 minutes to go with a powerful strike from 20 yards, according to The Mirror.

Arteta’s assessment after the game

Speaking after the game, Arteta was in high spirits as he discussed his squad depth and how he was likely to find trouble pleasing every player with minutes on the pitch.

"We enjoyed it," he said, as cited on TNT Sports.
"From the first minute we went for it. We were really good in both boxes and in the Champions League when you are really good in both boxes you have a chance. In between the boxes there are things to improve but inside the boxes we were phenomenal."

Asked whether it was nice to have so many talented players to choose from, the gaffer said:

"Good headaches. It’s the hardest thing in the job because you get emotionally attached to them.
"It’s been a beautiful journey with them and when you don’t play a player you know how he feels. I’m happy for Emile (Smith Rowe) because he got a beautiful reception."

Ferdinand warns Onana

Sports Brief also reported on Rio Ferdinand’s warning to Andre Onana after he made several howlers in Manchester United’s game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The former Ajax shot-stopper joined the Red Devils in the summer as a replacement for Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.

Onana failed to keep out Leroy Sane's weak shot from the edge of the box after he was teed up by Harry Kane.

After the first half, Ferdinand, who was a guest at TNT Sports, expressed frustration that Onana conceded such a weak effort off Sane's foot.

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