Arsenal legend Ian Wright shared his insights on Tuesday night’s game against PSV Eindhoven, highlighting the standout performances of two Arsenal players who left a lasting impression during the Champions League group-stage finale. The Gunners, under the management of Mikel Arteta, secured a draw with PSV, closing their group stage as winners.
Eddie Nketiah had initially given Arsenal the lead with a remarkable finish before PSV equalized in the second half. Wright, reflecting on the match, expressed his admiration for the contributions of Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny, emphasizing that these two players caught his attention throughout the 90 minutes.
During a discussion on TNI Sport, Wright commended Nelson for his pivotal role in setting up Nketiah’s goal, showcasing his skills on Arsenal’s right flank. Additionally, he lauded Elneny for delivering a solid midfield performance, displaying the consistent quality that has become characteristic of his presence in North London.
While Lucy Ward in the commentary believed that Nelson was the standout player of the night, Martin Keown chimed in, acknowledging Elneny’s noteworthy contribution after a month-long absence from the starting lineup.
“There were one or two good performances. Nelson particularly, Elneny in midfield,” Keown shared on TNT Sports. “They would have wanted to have won the game, but having lost to Aston Villa, it was important they didn’t go on a run of losing matches. And I think they can be really proud of their efforts in the Champions League this season.”
However, the evening had its share of mixed fortunes for the Arsenal pair. The disappointment arose when Elneny had to be substituted due to an injury in the second half. Concerns lingered, considering Elneny’s previous setbacks. Fans, regardless of allegiance, hope for a swift recovery.
On a brighter note, Nelson’s impressive performance signaled his readiness for more game-time. Despite displaying patience in recent matches, he seized the opportunity against PSV. His dynamic display suggests a player eager to contribute during this crucial period for Arsenal, sending a clear message to Arteta about his capabilities and readiness for future challenges.