Arsenal are beginning to find their groove this season after a harrowing start for their fans.
The Gunners were outplayed on the opening day by Liverpool before a draw at Leicester City found them already losing ground to their rivals. Since though, it’s been back to back victories over Watford and Southampton respectively. The win against the Saints was certainly in doubt for most of the game but the character of the team saw them through and now they can look forward to a Champions League night once again against PSG.
The French champions no longer have Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their ranks but they are still a strong team with Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani amongst others still knocking about so the London club need to be on their best form.
Here at FootballFanCast we think the Gunners do have a chance in France though and with this line up, three points could be theirs…
A no-brainer. The former Chelsea man simply has to start if the Gunners want to get a result.
Ever improving, the Spaniard will have to be on his mettle to keep Di Maria quiet in the French capital.
The French international suffered an eye injury in the Southampton game but should be okay to play and help keep Edinson Cavani out.
The German international needs to play as much as possible with Koscielny if this is to be the Gunners latest defensive partnership and so will surely start.
With the new signing of Mustafi the Gunners need the rest of their defence to be settled to help the bedding in period and so Monreal will start to help forge the back-line’s understanding.
Xhaka could be key to the Gunners fortunes in Europe this season. They’ve needed a top holding player in midfield so if the Swiss international can do that for them they should be able to compete, starting this week.
Ozil has the European pedigree to play at this level with ease and will be of huge importance as the Gunners look to reach the knockouts.
The Spaniard’s late penalty won the game for Arsenal against Southampton on Saturday but it’s his passing range that is needed most. He has the ability to dictate the game and therefore stop PSG from doing so.
Walcott seems near getting back to his best and that can only be a good thing for Gunners fans. He has the pace to frighten the PSG defence and that’s what he’ll look to do in the French capital.
Sanchez was rested for the game against the Saints clearly with this game in mind. That freshness could be the difference the Gunners need to win here.
Giroud has had his fair share of critics not just in this country but in his homeland too and will be looking to silence both with a good performance against the champions of France.