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Arsenal at PSV Eindhoven match thread: dead rubber

Let the kids play!

PSV Eindhoven v Arsenal FC: Group B - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Arsenal are in Eindhoven to take on PSV in the final match of the Champions League group stage. It’s a dead rubber — the match is meaningless to both sides. Arsenal have won the group, PSV are guaranteed to advance in second place by virtue of their head-to-head record against RC Lens.

Today is the last time we will see Arsenal in the Champions League group stage as we know it. The format changes and expands next season.

The Gunners dismantled PSV when the two sides met at the Emirates to open the group. Arsenal pumped four goals past the visitors. In retrospect, that was the match that got the attack back on track after a slow, uninspiring start to the season. The play was free-flowing, direct, and devastating.

Mikel Arteta has decided to rotate his lineup pretty heavily, as most hoped and expected he would do. Arsenal have four Premier League matches in the next 15 days — giving important players rest. Aaron Ramsdale will make his Champions League debut, which is a “feels good” moment for him (and supporters). He’s a big part of why Arsenal are in the competition this year. Mohamed Elneny is making his first start since tearing his ACL.

Hopefully Mikel Arteta gives youngsters Reuell Walters, Ethan Nwaneri, and Myles Lewis-Skelly some minutes in the second half. Reports were that Walters was likely to receive his first team debut. An appearance for Lewis-Skelly would be his debut, as well. Ethan Nwaneri has already made his senior debut for the club, but playing today would make him the youngest player Champions League player in club history.

Gabriel Martinelli (illness) did not travel with the club. Thomas Partey is likely out until January. Jurrien Timber is out until mid- to late spring. Bukayo Saka is carrying a knock, but as expected, is fit enough for the bench. Emile Smith Rowe returns to the squad after missing several weeks with an injury.

PSV have also opted to rotate for today’s match. They’ve started their regular keeper, right back, right centerback, left back, and right winger. The rest of their lineup is backups.

Arsenal - Ramsdale, Cedric, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior, Jorginho, Elneny, Havertz, Trossard, Nketiah, Nelson

PSV - Benitz, Teze, Ramalho, Obispo, Mauro Jr., Van Aanholt, Tillman, Saibari, Bakayoko, Pepi, Vertessen

WHAT: Arsenal at PSV Eindhoven
WHERE: Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands
WHEN: Tuesday, December 12th 9:45 am PT | 12:45 pm ET | 6:45 pm BT
US TV: Streaming on Paramount+.

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