Arsenal got off to the perfect start in the Champions League thrashing Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 4-0 at a sodden Emirates Stadium.
Bukayo Saka marked his debut in Europe’s premier competition with an early strike, pouncing on a rebound, before Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Jesus extended the lead before the break in ruthless style.
While the visitors probed and had chances of their own, the result never looked in doubt even before Martin Odegaard drilled home from long range to complete the scoring.
Here’s what was said during and after the match.
Mikel Arteta on being emotional pre-game about Arsenal’s return to the Champions League…
I was yeah, I was really excited about it, I wanted to control and not show that too much, but I was really excited, and in the end it’s part of the journey, the journey started last year and we earned the right to be in this competition, which is where we have to be as a club and now we have the responsibility to produce what we have to produce to stay at this level.
Source: Post-game press conference | Hayters
Mikel Arteta on whether it was a statement win…
It is more for us that we can perform at this level and it is nothing different to what we experience every single week in the Premier League. It is the best preparation for us and shows that a lot of players that play international level are used to these competitions as well. Emotionally, winning is the best, the best, the best. It is the best thing you can do, and I now have 24 players desperate to play on Sunday.
Peter Bosz, PSV manager, on a painful night for his side…
If you look at the result, certainly, and in the end that is what matters. I can’t blame the players for anything else. They worked, they played with the ball, but the difference in quality was too great. I’m willing to take a critical look at myself. They defended well in their box, we did not in ours. Then you run into a major defeat. If we play more at this level more, we’ll learn from these mistakes. I hope we can see that in the second leg in December, against the best team in the group and one of the best teams in the world.
“Good headaches!” 🧠
Mikel Arteta talks squad depth, celebrating Arsenal’s #UCL return with a win and looking forward to the north London derby… 👀
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) September 20, 2023
Mikel Arteta on spreading goals around the team…
This is what we need. They are used to doing that and, as well, they got involved in many goals, the four of them especially. So I’m really pleased to do that, really pleased for Gabi [Jesus] as well, because he had a couple of chances before that. So that’s what we need. Last year it was a big thing for us and we have to continue to develop.
Source: TNT Sport
Martin Odegaard on the energy of the supporters…
We just have to thank them once again for everything they do for us, how much energy they give us and we’re all together. So that’s great to see.
Source: TNT Sports
Martin Odegaard on Arsenal having room for improvement…
There were a lot of things we could have done better. Without the ball, we let them run too many times and gave them a lot of space, especially in the first half. And then we adjusted a little bit in the second half, and it was better, but on the ball we played some really good football and scored some great goals. We have to take the good things and learn from the things we could have done better. All the games are coming quickly now and we have to be ready for Sunday, recover and get the legs fresh again.
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Mikel Arteta on the performance of Kai Havertz…
He was very connected today in the game. It’s true that I ask him to play in two different roles in regard to the opponent’s behaviours. He’s so intelligent the way he does it. It’s just finishing one or two actions that we had again, but it’s coming and he’s so willing to do it.
Source: Post-game press conference | Arsenal.com
Sections of the North Bank chanting at Havertz…
Big fucking German, we’ve got a big fucking German, biiiiiig fucking Germaaaaaaan.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 20, 2023
Martin Keown on the movement of Arsenal’s wingers…
They create that kind of canvas in wide areas, nice and wide. That’s really difficult to play against. Arsenal’s wingers [create] this one vs one situation. And it’s what the opposite winger then is doing, moving into position. No one really stops moving and they’re all alive to this situation. And I really like the way [Leandro] Trossard particularly has come into the team again tonight and he has just picked it up.
Source: Daily Express (via TNT Sports)
Ian Wright channelling the thoughts of every Arsenal fan…
I want to play in this team.