The legendary Ian Wright of Arsenal offered his thoughts on the match against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night, emphasizing the memorable performances of two Arsenal players who made an impact during the Champions League group stage final. Mikel Arteta’s Gunners ended their group stage campaign victorious after securing a draw with PSV.
Arsenal had taken the lead thanks to a spectacular finish from Eddie Nketiah, but PSV equalized in the second half. In his post-match analysis, Wright praised Mohamed Elneny and Reiss Nelson for their respective contributions, noting that he was particularly impressed with both players during the entire ninety minutes.
Nelson demonstrated his abilities on Arsenal’s right flank and played a crucial role in setting up Nketiah’s goal, which Wright praised during a TNI Sport discussion. He also praised Elneny for putting in a strong midfield performance, exhibiting the reliable quality that has come to define his presence in North London.
After a month-long absence from the starting lineup, Martin Keown acknowledged Elneny’s noteworthy contribution, contradicting Lucy Ward’s belief in the commentary that Nelson was the game’s best player.
“One or two of the performances were excellent. Keown said on TNT Sports, “Elneny in midfield, in particular, Nelson.” “They would have preferred to win the game, but it was crucial that they avoid a losing streak after their defeat to Aston Villa. Additionally, I believe that their efforts in the Champions League this season should make them truly proud.
But the night wasn’t without its share of misfortune for the Arsenal duo. The letdown came when an injury in the second half required Elneny to be replaced. Given Elneny’s prior failures, concerns persisted. Supporters of all stripes wish for a speedy recovery.
Conversely, Nelson’s strong showing suggested he was ready for more playing time. Though he had been patient in the previous games, he took advantage of PSV. His impressive performance suggests a player eager to contribute at this pivotal time for Arsenal, letting Arteta know exactly what he’s capable of and ready for challenges ahead.