PSV Eindhoven coach Peter Bosz believes his side faced “one of the best teams in the world” in their 4-0 Champions League group stage win at Arsenal on Wednesday.
An opening goal from Bukayo Saka after just seven minutes at the Emirates Stadium; There could hardly have been a more fitting way for Arsenal to celebrate their return to Europe’s premier club competition after a six-year absence.
Perhaps no player embodies Arsenal’s rise in the Mikel Arteta era better than the homegrown number seven. Saka marks his long-awaited UCL graduation with a clever finish following a mistake from visiting goalkeeper Walter Benitez.
Leandro Trossard, who won the match at Everton on Sunday, did it two moments later as the Gunners stormed out of the starting blocks with ruthless finishing from Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard and then secured a resounding victory against a PSV side that had lost after eight Siegen in North London landed nine games.
And for Bosz, this was simply progress that his PSV team couldn’t manage.
Arsenal beat PSV Eindhoven
“We played against a team that is better than us. A team that can play even faster than us. We haven’t experienced that this season,” says the former Borussia Dortmund coach De Telegraaf.
“(Arsenal) came second last year. Then you’re talking about one of the best teams in the world that we’ve played against.
“I’m usually a grumpy and deeply sad person after a defeat because I often think it was unnecessary. Well, I don’t have that now. We played against an incredibly good team.”
A victorious return to the Champions League
It was a masterstroke in finishing in front of an enthusiastic fan base and this was easily Arsenal’s most complete and dominant performance of the season so far. A record of 18 shots and almost 60 percent ball possession underlines the control over the game.
“Of course the 4-0 result is a great result,” added Bosz. “We played against a better opponent and then things went too fast. It’s a bad feeling when you realize that you’re one step late everywhere. I don’t blame the players.
“They worked hard and tried to play football. We weren’t good enough. That can happen, but we have to learn from the mistakes we made.”
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