Wenger reveals team news ahead of PSG clash

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Arsene Wenger has provided a team update ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League tie against PSG.

Laurent Koscielny has made the trip despite concerns over his swollen eye, and should be ok to play.

“He had a big knock to his face, I did fear that he might miss the game,” said the manager, “but he is all right. He has recovered quite well.”

Beyond that there don’t appear to be any other fitness issues for the manager to contend with, although it’s expected that he will rotate his side a little bit after Saturday’s win over Southampton.

Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka are all expected to return to the starting XI as we look to get our Champions League campaign off to a good start.

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Paul
Paul
3 years ago

In the training pics Kos looks ok and I can’t see any swelling. Good luck boys. COYG!

Zino
Zino
3 years ago

Same time last year, Ooooospina was playing is first game of the season. I suppose he will have to wait a bit longer this time. I really hope we top the group and lead by a big margin so he can play the CL too at some point.

Dom
Dom
3 years ago

I think Giroud will score a hatrick if he starts.

David M
David M
3 years ago
Reply to  Dom

4 goals is much more likely

Forfuckssake
Forfuckssake
3 years ago

I know Wenger likes to rotate the squad for the CL but please let’s resist playing Osprina, Gibbs & Debucy until we qualified. They will get opportunities to play but it would be nice to field our strongest team and if we get a good result it could be the transformation to our season. I would like to see: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Mustafi, Kos, Coq, Xhaka, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez and Girroud.

da Don
3 years ago
Reply to  Forfuckssake

No place for Santi? I’ll rather Santi for Coq.

igbo Amadi-Obi
igbo Amadi-Obi
3 years ago
Reply to  da Don

We cannot afford to get too adventurous in an away game vs PSG

David M
David M
3 years ago
Reply to  igbo Amadi-Obi

I’d rather El Neny Xhaka. El Neny is very solid defensively and a much better distributor than Coq. He is excellent for retaining posession and stifling momentum

Matt
Matt
3 years ago
Reply to  Forfuckssake

Coq? Oh please let’s play guys who can deliver good footballs forward

Paul
Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  Matt

We do have a few of those that can do that when our enforcer plays.

Benkamp
Benkamp
3 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Coq has a fairly decent range in him for one even though he is a ball winner. Also playing a player like coq in this sort of match is a good idea, psg do have a fairly energetic midfield. On top of this all of our player do not need to be able to olay killer forward balls. We learned this for some time before the coq himself rose and solidified our term. You need a variety of players in a successful team.

Sir Stan's whiskers
Sir Stan's whiskers
3 years ago
Reply to  Forfuckssake

And don’t rotate or rest first choice players until we are guaranteed to finish top of our group. Otherwise we rest players in the last few games and end up finishing second and then have to play Barca or Bayern in the next round.

igbo Amadi-Obi
igbo Amadi-Obi
3 years ago

It would appear that our objective is to advance rather than to win the CL. We need to build a team that should be capable of taking on the Barcas and Bayerns of this world at whatever stage of the competition. My impression reading all this is that we believe that meeting Bayern or Barca in the round of 16 spells exit for us. So let’s come first in our group so we can exit later than round of 16. To win it we have to meet and beat those teams.

Draze
Draze
3 years ago

Grande! Time to stuff some fillet mignion up them **ses

Peter McC
Peter McC
3 years ago

I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here but the fact that we can ‘rest’ players luke Giroud, Alexis and Xhaka is something we haven’t had the luxury of…in what feels like 10 years. I’m always wary of Champions league away game, no matter what the opposition, a draw no bad result, but a victory will boost confidence no end.

Paul
Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  Peter McC

“Use the force Luke!” 🙂

Little Mozart
Little Mozart
3 years ago

This seems like the kind of game that would benefit Lucas as PSG will have to play attacking football at home, leaving space for our new number nine to exploit. Anyway, I’m sure we can get three points with Giroud leading the line. COYG!

igbo Amadi-Obi
igbo Amadi-Obi
3 years ago
Reply to  Little Mozart

Little Mozart, I was rooting for you when you said game is perfect for Lucas. Then you ended by saying Giroud would score a hattrick. We couldn’t possibly field both of them in an away game against one of the best sides in Europe. That would mean an ultra-offensive line-up.

Bolton DNA
Bolton DNA
3 years ago

PSG 1 – 5 Arsenal fc. it’s just about time we spank a supposedly European powerhouse in their own junkyard

Mr. G
Mr. G
3 years ago
Reply to  Bolton DNA

Wouldn’t get THAT optimistic but I’m hoping for a good result. I fancy us to win the group this year for a change 😀 PSG are good but not amazing.

Xxxrob
Xxxrob
3 years ago
Reply to  Mr. G

What’s the bet we win our group and Bayern or Barcelona finish second in theirs? … You know the rest.

Might actually throw a tenner on that haha

78/79/80
78/79/80
3 years ago
Reply to  Bolton DNA

That reminded me of watching the Inter game in 2003 at about 6am in a weird motel near fox glacier in New Zealand’s south island. I was camper banning with a kiwi sooner and we splashed out for a night in the motel so we could watch the game. Money well spent.

Stephen Hall
Stephen Hall
3 years ago

Giroud will enjoy being in France tomorrow, I feel a brace coming for him.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
3 years ago

Koscielny! Yay!

VintageFuzz
VintageFuzz
3 years ago

Gabi in training <3

BillyBatts
BillyBatts
3 years ago

PUMPED. This is what football’s all about, big European away games. COYG!

bazza-wicks
bazza-wicks
3 years ago

cant say iv’e been this excited for years for a CL game this side oozils class “come on you reds”

Cas
Cas
3 years ago
Reply to  bazza-wicks

. . .and white!

Javis
Javis
3 years ago

Watched their game against St. Etienne and they were very lacklustre, they had rested Di Maria now but overall Matuidi was their only real threat throughout the game.

A draw would be a decent result but they are currently there for the taking..

rex
rex
3 years ago

Yes!

Mr.Wood
Mr.Wood
3 years ago

Anybody think Wenger will play Lucas on the right?

igbo Amadi-Obi
igbo Amadi-Obi
3 years ago
Reply to  Mr.Wood

That would be interesting. Rather than Theo.

Drelord
Drelord
3 years ago

Any tips on how I can get out of my own birthday dinner so I can watch this game?

Arsene's zip
Arsene's zip
3 years ago
Reply to  Drelord

Yeah… Say “fuck you friends, it’s my birthday and I’ll do what I want”.

Paul
Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  Drelord

How about saying “I would like to see the game so the dinner time is changed to…” This is easy stuff…

Jimbo
Jimbo
3 years ago
Reply to  Drelord

Download Live Media Player on your phone from the App store and watch while you are eating!

There
There
3 years ago
Reply to  Drelord

We’ll present you with a 2-goal Arsenal victory on your birthday, mate – have a blast 🙂

David C
David C
3 years ago

I think I would go with this XI:

Cech
Bellerin – Mustafi – Kos – Monreal
Xhaka – Cazorla
Theo – Ozil – Sanchez
Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Holding, Elneny, Coq, Ox, Lucas, Iwobi – damn, that’s too many subs. Wenger has a tough job 🙂

Paul
Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  David C

Not sure about Theo…but who is??

Mennis Bergzil
Mennis Bergzil
3 years ago
Reply to  David C

I think we need to rest Santi’s little legs and use someone with a bit more energy a la El Neny. His tidy short passing and energy box to box will compliment Xhaka’s deep playmaking and shielding of the back 4. Also he’ll cover more ground defensively than Cazorla freeing Ozil up to always be a threat.
Cazorla is at that time in his career where he needs to be looked after.

Arthur
Arthur
3 years ago
Reply to  Mennis Bergzil

I like your input basically what i have been telling my friends, xhaka playing deep with his long passed, ozil to receive them and assist giroud. sanchez will have to play behind giroud to finish up things. elneny is good with his short passes a key contributer to this game linking up with ozil. I would have Perez get in as a sub in the second half, he can still start though and giroud to get in as a sub that would be nice.

Mennis Bergzil
Mennis Bergzil
3 years ago
Reply to  Arthur

Definitely, I’m really looking forward to a midfield trio of El Neny, Ozil and Xhaka….Unfortunately I don’t get to pick the team lol. I’d look at a front 3 of Sanchez, Giroud and Walcott. Walcott the runner off the ball for the likes of Xhaka and Ozil to pick, Giroud for hold up/link up and Sanchez for being Sanchez 🙂

Johan
3 years ago

Sports bar. Steak dinner

die hard gooner
3 years ago

Have a couple of beers and tell them the day of ur birthday has been changed.

TizTeezy
TizTeezy
3 years ago

Cavani vs Kostafi!!!

12th Man in the Clockend
12th Man in the Clockend
3 years ago

I absolutely love the STRENGTH and depth our squad has now got. I got shivers knowing we put a very good 11 out for Southampton with 3 big names on the bench. Lets hope and pray that this will end our injury hoodoo….?!

Andrew Mccormack
Andrew Mccormack
3 years ago

Sorry to say this but in fearing the worst… PSG can keep the ball for fun and were one of the worst teams around at winning the ball back. Whenever we play possession based teams at this level we suffer. Just hope we press well as a team

Xxxrob
Xxxrob
3 years ago

I was thinking the same mate.
Need to get at them and cut the passing out through pressing.
Shame no Danny fit, a trident of Lucas, alexis and danny would work so hard from the front.

2/3 ain’t bad though, I’d be starting LP9 over giroud today for that reason.

Dr Zebra
Dr Zebra
3 years ago

PSG= Perez, Sanchez, Giroud all scoring!! Come on Arsenal!!!!!

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

Everyone is excited! I like that…COYG!

santori
santori
3 years ago

Back 4 and keeper stay the same.

Giroud likely to start. There’s a reason why he wasn’t started against Soton.

Ditto Alexis and Ozil.

Other flank is open. I don’t think it will be the Ox or Walcott. Maybe Iwobi. OTOH if Wenger should think PSG is suffering from nervousness or a gap in capability at the back, then maybe he could start Theo.

Mids will be Granit for certain then maybe either of Santi or Elneny. Preference for Santi and then Elneny to carry on energy levels.

Chhetri
Chhetri
3 years ago

Cech
Bell. Must. Kosi. Nacho
Xhaka. Cazo

Perez. Ozil. Sanchez

Giroud

Subs: wall,ox,iowbi,ospina,debuchy,gibbs,coq,
Elbeny,holding,

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
3 years ago
Reply to  Chhetri

You only get seven subs.

GJ
GJ
3 years ago

Never have I seen such flagrant optimism on the arse…
..And although I want it to make me more cautious
*slides stack of casino chips into middle of the table*
I’M ALL IN BAYBEE *double hand pistols*

The Only Olivier is Giroud
The Only Olivier is Giroud
3 years ago
Reply to  GJ

Love this!

Kaine
Kaine
3 years ago

Psg have a really good team. We do need Coq and Xhaka in d middle to disrupt their rhythm as much as possible and play on the break. Let’s not judge them on a few bad results this season, their line up is still d same bar ibrahimovich.
We need a disciplined performance. Not sure I will play Santi in the first half

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
3 years ago
Reply to  Kaine

Our midfield is grade “A”, not “D”.

NickyNickyB
NickyNickyB
3 years ago

Cautious optimism l think.

Neither team have started the season very well and this fixture, on paper, looks like our hardest challenge of the group.

A win would be great, but l’d take a draw now. GOYG!

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

Would definitely start Elneny and Xhaka as the DMs. Carzola did great on Saturday, but worry it would be too much to start him on such a short turnaround.

I assume Giroud will start due to his experience at this level, but nice to have Perez off the bench if we need him. The other question will be the right wing and whether Iwobi will return to the starting lineup or if Walcott will stick in that spot.

Benkamp
Benkamp
3 years ago

Start perez and if we cant play our game how we want to bring on giroud. Defo go for xhaka coq ozil with perez sanchez iwobi. Back four names itself really.