Arsenal secured their spot in the Europa League knockout stage with two games to spare after beating PSV Eindhoven 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
Granit Xhaka scored the all-important goal that secured our fourth consecutive win in Europe this season, showing superb technique to volley home Takehiro Tomiyasu’s right-wing cross.
The winning margin perhaps should have been more significant on a night when we had to show patience after dominating possession and raining in more than 25 shots.
Arsenal are now guaranteed to finish in the top two of Group A and are five points clear of second-place PSV ahead of the return fixture in Eindhoven in a week.
1-0 to Arsenal for the third successive game. In another, it was very different. This hard-fought Europa League victory over a dour, doggedly defensive PSV Eindhoven was Arsenal’s eighth in a row. This is a new Arsenal, exorcising the ghosts of Arsene Wenger’s decline and the reign of Unai Emery and exorcising them with a squad based around the enthusiasm of youth.