Arsenal fan have reacted with glee to yet another PSG exit from the Champions League in the early knockout stages on Wednesday night
Events the transpired at the Parc des Princes last night have created a buzz among a number of Arsenal supporters, who have been happy to do some talking. Paris Saint-Germain’s much-publicised hopes of winning the Champions League, which has been their promised land for a while now, were once again dashed at the round of 16 stage after letting a 2-0 first-leg lead slip against Manchester United, crashing out on the away goals rule.
Needing at least a similar scoreline to the first leg in order to force extra-time in Paris, the Red Devils saw themselves take a 2-1 lead heading into added time, thanks to a brace from Romelu Lukaku either side of Juan Bernat’s equaliser on the night. But that was nothing, as the true drama late came late in the game. Presenel Kimpembe — who opened the scoring in this tie at Old Trafford last month — was penalised thanks to a very controversial VAR decision that handed the visitors the chance to complete an unlikely turnaround from the penalty spot.
After taking his time to consult the video technology on the sidelines, referee Damir Skomina pointed to the spot among raucous applause from the away support, and striker Marcus Rashford made no mistake from 12 yards out to book United’s place in the quarterfinals. Defeat for the Ligue 1 giants came just days after right-back Dani Alves seemed to have aimed a subtle dig at former PSG boss Unai Emery — now manager at the Emirates — while making comments about Thomas Tuchel’s appointment.
“He’s incredible, here I’ve coincided with a German with a Brazilian soul,” Alves told BT Sport. “The atmosphere he’s created here, he’s brought the pleasure back into coming to work. And you approach things with a big smile and energy. Energy levels are high and he reminds me of Pep [Guardiola], he really does in this sense. He makes things really smooth, he stubborn but he does things his own way. He’s a great man manager and dressing room manager and team manager.This gives us a better chance of doing well this season.”
PSG have a massive lead in the French top tier and will most likely go on to win the title come season end, but many Gunners fans were been quick to point out that Emery wasn’t the problem in their failure to mount a serious challenge for the Champions League while he was in the hot seat of the European giants.
Here’s a look at the best responses on Twitter…
PSG will take a long time to recover from this latest mishap in their aim to clinch the sport’s most coveted club prize. Knowing the amount of money the clubs owners have poured into this project and their ruthlessness in disposing off with managers who fail in such a quest, there are bound to be rival club fans who take great pleasure in their failings, and this is the second such failure for the French giants over the last three years. The hope is that Tuchel is allowed to regroup his players and work with them so that next season can atleast reverse the script, and that he is sacked for this failure, just like all his predecessors.