The Emirates Stadium is set to witness the return of Champions League football, evoking memories of Arsenal’s fateful encounter with Bayern Munich in 2016-17. That night, under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal suffered a harrowing 10-2 defeat. Since then, the club has undergone a managerial transition, but they are back on Europe’s grand stage after a brief hiatus.
This time, Arsenal faces a more favorable group stage draw in Group B, where they’ll contend with Lens, a struggling side, and the Europa League holders, Sevilla. The Gunners, who have never laid their hands on the Champions League trophy, are eager to make their mark.
While Arsenal’s attacking prowess has yet to fully shine this season, Leandro Trossard’s brilliance secured a crucial 1-0 victory over Everton. They remain unbeaten in all competitions, but their defense needs tightening, as clean sheets at home have become a rarity.
PSV Eindhoven, on the other hand, returns to the Champions League after a hiatus since the 2018-19 season. Their European journey was marred by a defeat to Rangers last year, but this time, they overcame Sturm Graz comfortably before dismantling the Scottish giants.
Unbeaten in an astonishing 26 competitive matches, PSV’s recent goal-scoring form is impressive, with at least two goals in each of their last eight games. They have a history against Arsenal, having beaten them 2-1 on aggregate in the 2006-07 Champions League. However, their away record against the Gunners is less favorable, with only one goal scored.
As these two teams lock horns in the Champions League group stage, Arsenal seeks redemption from past failures, while PSV aims to spoil the North London party with their newfound attacking prowess. The Emirates Stadium promises an exciting encounter, marking the return of Arsenal to Europe’s top tier of football.