Arsenal are set to kick-start their Champions League against Paris saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night in the most high-profile game of the round.
The Gunners go into the game with a lot of confidence from their previous games as they started dominating the games after a slow start to the season. However, Arsene Wenger is aware of the threat posed by the French champions who are very dangerous at their home.
Arsenal have picked up crucial points in Premier League and look to continue their fine form into the clash. The Gunners were handed a major blow with Laurent Koscielny being a major doubt for this important fixture.
The 31-year old has scored an outrageous goal against Southampton but has taken a boot in the face and might not start against PSG due to a swollen eye. However, the French international have trained with the squad today giving fans a hope.
Meanwhile, PSG are completely out-of-sorts since the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They were further hit with injuries to many players in the first team with the likes of Lucas Moura, Thiago Silva, Maxwell and few others all suffering from fitness problems.
The French champions had an uneven start to their Ligue 1 campaign under new manager Unai Emery as they have lost against Monaco and have dropped points against St Etienne at home.
The Gunners have had their share of injuries so far in the season but Laurent Koscielny who was initially thought to miss the game could feature against PSG. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey could also feature in the match squad as he was pictured training with the team ahead of the clash
The French champions are currently in the phase of transition and would not go with full strength into the game. Experienced players like David Silva, Lucas Moura, Pastore and Maxwell are still suffering from injuries and might not feature in the Champions League opener.
Who Said What?
Arsene Wenger: “I always remained loyal to Arsenal because it’s a club that has the qualities I love – and that’s why.”
“PSG are a good test for us. They’re a team who are, in France, the team above everyone else.”
Unai Emery: ‘I have been attending UEFA coach meetings for years now and I admire him. I’m 44, quite young, and trying to learn still – I’ve been speaking with the best coaches in Europe over that time and that includes Wenger.
‘I have a lot of respect for his longevity. It’s not very common – there was Sir Alex Ferguson – but we’d all like to be in a similar situation to Arsene Wenger.’
Kick-off Time: September 13 19:45 GMT (September 14 12:15 IST)
Prediction: Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Arsenal