Wenger gunning for victory over PSG
Arsenal looking to top their Champions League group
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].”