Arsenal vs PSV Result: Europa League Result, Goals, Report

Granit Xhaka scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal defeated PSV Eindhoven to secure qualification for the Europa League finals.

The Gunners are at the top of the Premier League and their domestic form has been repeated in Europe, Xhaka’s second-half strike earning them a 1-0 win, meaning four wins in four in Group A.

The next task for Mikel Arteta’s side will be to get a result next week in Holland to ensure they qualify as group winners and earn a bye to the round of 32.

It has now been 46 days since Arsenal failed to win a game – a longer streak than that of outgoing Prime Minister Liz Truss – as Xhaka became the first Arsenal player to score a home goal against PSV.

That game was initially postponed after the Queen’s death and Manchester City’s clash, which would have pitted the top two in the Premier League against each other, had to make way this time.

Arsenal are looking to return to the Champions League and have a good chance of doing so thanks to a strong start in the Premier League – but for much of the game they lacked the ruthlessness in front of goal that their women’s side had shown in beating the defending women’s league champions Lyon 5-1 less than 24 hours earlier.

Ruud van Nistelrooy met Arsenal as Manchester United’s main striker at a time when both sides were untouchable at the top of the Premier League. Appointed as PSV manager in the summer, he has certainly improved his goalscoring abilities with 17 goals for his side in the four games before their trip to the Emirates Stadium.

His last-gasp penalty was the next defeat Arsenal lost in his ‘Invincible’ campaign and it would be a van Nistelrooy-led United to end that 49-game streak the following year.

Here, however, his side were second-best throughout, but the hosts failed to find a breakthrough in a frustrating first half, as Gabriel Jesus missed a shot and Fabio Vieira got closer from a free-kick, while Bukayo Saka was once again the standout player for Arteta’s side.

So relied on is Saka’s contribution that he stayed in the starting XI after missing just 179 minutes for Arsenal before the game.

After the restart, the home side had more of an advantage, Saka forcing a clever save from Walter Benitez, who then deflected a goal from Jesus.

Eddie Nketiah shot just wide when Arteta sent off Thomas Partey and captain Martin Odegaard with a quarter of the game to play.

It was her midfield colleague who finally found the back of the net, but Xhaka’s half-volley from Takehiro Tomiyasu’s cross landed just out of Benitez’s reach.

Xhaka has already scored as many goals as he has in his last three seasons combined and with the captaincy he has shown once again that he is now a firm favorite with Arsenal fans, with whom he had previously had such conflicting relations.

There was a moment of concern for Arsenal and England when Saka went down injured, but he pressed on as the hosts saw the closing stages to secure their place in the knockout stages.

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