Arsenal Vs PSV – Gunners Could Make It Two Wins From Two

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Arsenal and PSV Predictions

Arsenal hope Week off serves them well on Matchday Two

Arsenal had been scheduled to play Everton in Premier League, however the match in England’s highest division was postpon. The Gunners have seven days of rest before PSV visits the Emirates Stadium. Their last match was against Zurich, which gave them a perfect start to their Europa League campaign. Arsenal will benefit from the extra rest as they try to win two consecutive European championships.

The Gunners have been the favourites to win this year’s Europa League. This competition is difficult to forecast as eight teams are expected to drop in from the Champions League before the knockout rounds. But of the 32 teams in the group stage, Arsenal are certainly among the strongest – as their strong start to the Premier League season demonstrates.

Arsenal have been rewarded for their patience with Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard has had a difficult tenure. In his first half season at the helm of the club, he won the FA Cup. However, the Premier League saw him finish eighth in that year. Arsenal dropped as low as 15th that year as the pressure on Arteta intensified, but the board held their nerve and stuck with their man.

Missing out on the top four last term was a major blow, but Arsenal did some fantastic work in the summer transfer market and have made a fast start to the 2022/23 campaign, at home and on the continent. After a hard few years, the Emirates now feel optimistic and Arteta has all the support of his fans.

PSV won the first European match, but it was in fine form domestically

PSV also escaped from the traps. After six rounds, they are currently second in Eredivisie. The latest round saw a 1-0 win over Waalwijk. Ruud van Nieuwooy’s team lost 2-1 to Twente in the previous league match, however, they had previously won by huge scores of 4-1, 5-1, 6-1, 7-1, and 7.

It has not been the same story in Europe. PSV defeated Monaco by 4-3 aggregate in Champions League’s third qualifying round. However, they fell short in the play-offs. Despite a draw at Rangers at Ibrox, PSV lost 1-0 at home, and was thus eliminated from the Europa League. The continent’s first junior competition saw them draw 1-1 at home with Bodo/Glimt.

Van Nistelrooy was something of a hate figure at Arsenal during his time as a Manchester United player between 2001 and 2006. Although he won’t be welcomed warmly at Emirates, the ex-striker is showing plenty promise as a senior coach. Van Nistelrooy was a player and knew the goals. His PSV team also shares this trait.

Expect Plenty of Goals In What Should be an Absorbing Contest

PSV sees this match as an opportunity for them to express their intent in a game against tournament favourites. It isn’t exactly an easy win. Bodo/Glimt would have been expected to defeat the Dutch team on matchday 1. Their failure to achieve this raises the stakes for their trip to London. While a defeat would not be catastrophic after only two games in group, a draw could be beneficial to PSV’s prospects of progression.

As their season has shown, PSV is a team that excels in attacking. PSV is the Eredivisie’s highest scoring team and they are known for keeping their feet on the pedal even when they lead. Their domestic matches have been entertaining and a lot more interesting than expected, even though they are largely one-sided.

PSV must adapt to Thursday’s match. They are the most proactive team in the Netherlands, however they will react more to Arsenal. However, that does not make them ineligible to cause problems for the Gunners, particularly as their midfield is weakened by injuries.

Arsenal are still a formidable force going forward and you can expect an entertaining match with lots of goals. Over 2.5 goals seems to be the goal for both teams in this game.

How to Watch Arsenal vs PSV

Teams Arsenal vs PSV Location Emirates Stadium, London, England Time Thursday, 15 September 2022, 15. 00 PM EST How to watch Paramount+

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