The hosts took control of the first half without testing PSV goalkeeper Walter Benitez but after the restart, Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka forced the Argentine to put in two fine runs. save .
Arsenal imposed their will on the seldom threatened visitors in the second half and took a well-deserved lead with a superb Granit Xhaka strike. The Gunners continue to dominate and their lead would be even bigger without Benitez.
The introduction of Noni Marduk gave PSV some momentum in the final quarter of the game, but they failed to get Matt Turner to work between the two teams as the Gunners won all three points , thus obtaining the qualification of KO .
Arsenal 1-0 PSV
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Pass the toughest test
The arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy ‘s free-scoring side at the Emirates provides Arsenal with their toughest test in the Europa League this season.
But Arteta would have been content to see his side pass the ball with quality, the only disappointment being that the scoreline didn’t really reflect their overall advantage.
Apart from the efforts of two speculative Harvey Simmons, PSV offered little chance of going forward . Instead of handing the game over to their Premier League opponents, the visitors were grounded and spent most of the game trying to stop Arsenal’s attack .