Wenger gun­ning for vic­tory over PSG

Arse­nal look­ing to top their Cham­pi­ons League group

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Arsene Wenger has chal­lenged his Arse­nal side to bounce back from the dis­ap­point­ment of con­sec­u­tive draws by over­com­ing Paris Saint-Ger­main in tonight’s Cham­pi­ons League clash.

The Gun­ners were fly­ing high at the top of the Premier League ta­ble un­til con­sec­u­tive draws with Tot­ten­ham and then Manch­ester United.

That has some­what stalled the Gun­ners mo­men­tum and Wenger is keen for his side to re­dis­cover a win­ning for­mula at the Emirates as they look to win their group and hope­fully se­cure an eas­ier last-16 op­po­nent.

“We need to be se­ri­ous of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively,” said Wenger.

“Both sides will be solid de­fen­sively.

‘We want to strengthen that mo­men­tum again with wins.’ – ARSENE WENGER

PSG like to have pos­ses­sion, we like to have pos­ses­sion.

“The first round (a 1-1 draw at the Parc de Princes) was a very open and a good game. I hope that will be the case again.

“We have cre­ated mo­men­tum but have been stut­ter­ing a lit­tle bit at the mo­ment. We want to strengthen that mo­men­tum again with wins.

“We have done the job in a con­vinc­ing way. It is a lux­ury to be qual­i­fied af­ter four games. If we finish the job af­ter five games that will mean we will have done the job re­ally well.”

Back in Septem­ber, Arse­nal sal­vaged a draw in Paris thanks to a late equaliser from Alexis Sanchez, but the Chilean could be handed a rest af­ter ap­pear­ing to play with a knock against United.

Wenger ad­mit­ted he would like to hand the free-scor­ing for­ward a break, but re­fused to com­ment on whether Olivier Giroud would start against PSG.

The French striker was shown a red card in the re­verse fix­ture but showed his qual­ity at the week­end when com­ing off the bench to grab the equaliser against United at Old Traf­ford.

“If I have the pos­si­bil­ity to get him a winter break I would like to do it,” Wenger said of Sanchez.

“Ev­ery week I leave top play­ers on the bench and ro­tate. “Olivier was out in­jured for a long time and is ready now. He is not for­ever on the bench. He will play games and start some­times like ev­ery­one else.

“I have not de­cided yet who will start [against PSG].”

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