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Arsenal boss Wenger happy with PSG point but sees red over card

By Robert Jones

Published 14/09/2016

Orders: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during last night’s 1-1 draw against PSG
Orders: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during last night’s 1-1 draw against PSG

Arsene Wenger was delighted that, following his side's disastrous start, they rallied after the break and secured a point against Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes.

The Gunners got off to the worst possible start when Edinson Cavani headed the hosts ahead inside a minute but he went on to waste a number of golden opportunities before Alexis Sanchez struck to snatch a draw late on.

There was still time for more drama as Arsenal substitute Olivier Giroud tangled with Marco Verratti in an off-the-ball incident which saw both players sent off by referee Viktor Kassai.

The clash in Paris was viewed as Arsenal's toughest in Group A.

"We wanted to start at a high pace and after a minute we are 1-0 down," said Arsenal boss Wenger.

"For 20 minutes we were outpaced, they started much better than us but we were resilient.

"We played much better in the second half, they dropped a bit as well. We pushed very high and were vulnerable to the counter attack but it's a good point for us.

"Away from home you have to battle up front and Alexis Sanchez did well. He was isolated at times and in the second half it was easier for him."

Turning his attention to Giroud's late dismissal, Wenger backed his striker's version of events.

"I couldn't work out the red cards. Giroud swears to me that he did nothing at all. We will look at it again," he said.

"I believe Giroud," concluded Wenger.

Laurent Koscielny conceded Arsenal were content with a share of the spoils from the showdown in Paris.

"Both teams tried to play nice football tonight and it was a good game," the France international said.

"We come away with one point and we are happy because both teams could have won," he continued.

In the other match in the group, Swiss side Basle were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Ludogorets of Bulgaria.

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