Paris Saint Germain vs Arsenal Match Preview & Possible Lineups
- Updated: September 12, 2016
After an exciting and properly officiated Madrid Derby in the last season’s final, another season commences in style. Among the very first games to be played, the French kings PSG hosts the Premier League runners-up Arsenal.
Unai Emery is currently finding it difficult in the French main competition. His side deservedly went down to the soil at Monaco with a stunning 3-1 loss before drawing at home against St Etienne. This can only be explained by the fact that they witnessed three key changes in Zlatan, Luiz and managerial role in the transfer window.
Prof Wenger has enjoyed a two sweaty winning streak against Watford and Southampton. There were issues from behind due to injuries but since Mustafi’s arrival, changes are evident. It was correctly observed that Prof rested his main forwards (Alexis and Giroud) against Southampton. This must have happened to cater for this fixture.
At the backline, PSG have deployed an encouraging characteristic to the gunners’ attacking lads as Trapp has conceded four times in his recent two performances. The likes of Ozil, Sanchez and Giroud have the quality to comfortably get past the formless Kimpembe, Aurier and their likes. But if they up their performance, the attacking trio from the Emirates will have a tough task.
PSG’s attacking group is just as fierce as sleeping bear. They have the capability to cause harm iff the deep sleep terminates. Cavani has records to his name, Di Maria is well-known while the young Jese has a correctly predicted potential underneath. However, getting rid of Koscielny’s led barrier will require a well worked formula.
The two sides have met twice before this. Arsenal have gotten something to boost their morale as the French based club haven’t embarrassed them so far. This is comprised of a win at the Emirates and a draw in Paris. However, we write history, we see records and so on but the 90′ in action defines the outcome.
On my view, Arsenal are the favourites on the papers. However, as I mentioned earlier PSG is just a sleeping bear. Moreover they are playing on their own land and fans are expected to turn up in large numbers to support their rich club. This is also a European competition where Unai proudly speaks. It’s indeed a tough encounter. I will not expect anyone to outplay the other. However, mistakes must accompany the challenge. The one who neatly capitalizes on them will bag a win.
The best 11 men Wenger can offer against Unai’s men are as follows.
Cech to start as expected.
Koscielny, Mustafi, Nacho and Bellerin to stand infont of Cech.
Santi and Coquelin to recover balls lost in the midfield as well as shielding their defence. Walcot and Alexis to work from the flanks leaving Ozil at the center behind Giroud.
PSG too will have to name their best for any positivity.
Trapp is the strongest among the post gurding elements in the team.
The back four might comprise of Kimpembe, Aurier, Marquinhos and Kurzawa.
The best mid field would comprise of Verratti, Moura and Motta. Di Maria, Jese and Cavani can do something upfront. However, changes might arise as Unai is still working out on who to be a regular starter.