Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has insisted that PSG are strong favourites ahead of their match against the Gunners on Tuesday and believes Edinson Cavani, in particular, will need to be watched carefully.
The Ligue 1 champions have lost to AS Monaco and drawn with Saint Etienne in their last two matches, but the Frenchman believes they will be back on top form in the Champions League.
The Gunners have also shown some shaky form in the first few games of the season, needing a controversial last-minute penalty to beat Southampton on Saturday after a defeat to Liverpool and draw with Leicester City last month.
“The Champions League is a completely different competition and they will know how to get themselves together,” Giroud told French TV show Telefoot.
“Paris are the favourites in this group. They will be ready. Let’s make them doubt themselves. We are expecting tough opposition when we get there.”
He also added on the French side’s specific threats: “Cavani is a player who can make the difference. If he has a big night, he can hurt us.”
Cavani has struggled to hit his straps since taking over from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the central striker role at the Parc des Princes, but has still managed to score once in his three appearances to date.
Heading into the game, Arsenal is in a confident mood following their dramatic win over Southampton in the Premier League. The Gunners secured a 2-1 win after a hard fought performance at St. Mary’s stadium.
It looked like that Arsenal would yet again lose the points in the league, but a foul on Oliver Giroud in the penalty box provided Arsenal with an opportunity to score from the spot.
Santi Cazorla stepped up and made sure that the North London club will travel to face Paris Saint-Germain with a vital win.
Arsene Wenger has no new injury concerns for the PSG game. On top of that, Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista has returned to full fitness and he may be available for the Paris Saint-Germain game. Paulista’s availability is a huge boost for Arsenal as he will provide multiple options for Wenger in defence.
Long-term absentees Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker will miss the clash, and so will Aaron Ramsey, who is currently nursing a hamstring injury.