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The Predicted Arsenal XI To Take On PSG


Following a scrappy win against Southampton on Saturday Arsenal take on European giants Paris Saint Germain at the Parc des Princes, and with an almost fully fit squad Wenger’s selection will prove to be interesting. With Arsenal’s generic 4-2-3-1 formation, here is how the team could line-up:

Goalkeeper – Petr Cech

Yes, you guessed it, Petr Cech will more than likely be filling Arsenal’s goal with his 6”5 frame. The Arsenal regular conceded a rather unfortunate own goal on Saturday however Cech typically executed a number of top saves and it would be a massive shock if he was left out of the starting eleven.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Shane Long of Southampton and Petr Cech of Arsenal talk after the final whistle during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on September 10, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Right Back – Hector Bellerin

The pacey Spaniard’s inclusion would not shock anyone considering Mathieu Debuchy has just returned to training and Calum Chambers is currently out on loan – this is near enough an absolute certainty.

Centre Back – Shkodran Mustafi

Big Champions League clashes are one of the reasons the German was brought in for considering his £35 million price tag. Mustafi showed flashes of his defensive qualities on Saturday and it would be surprising if he did not make the first eleven.

Centre Back – Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal’s captain (quite rightly) will start in Paris tomorrow. The Frenchman is arguably Arsenal’s most influential player currently and his presence is almost mandatory at the back for Arsenal.

Left Back – Nacho Monreal

It has to be, doesn’t it? There is seemingly a similar pattern with all the defensive selections as all the positions tend to fill themselves.

Central Defensive Midfielder – Granit Xhaka

It would be logical to start Xhaka in Paris tomorrow. Similarly to Mustafi, the Swiss’ price-tag would dictate that he was bought to start in colossal matches like this and with him being surprisingly rested at the weekend it would be a shock if he did not start.

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - AUGUST 07: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Pre-Season Friendly between Arsenal and Manchester City at Ullevi on August 7, 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden. (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)

Central Defensive Midfielder – Francis Coquelin

This position will probably prove to be Arsene Wenger’s biggest selection headache with the likes of Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny in contention also. However, Coquelin was vital in the midfield on Saturday and with this fixture being played away from home against one of Europe’s elite it may be Wenger’s priority to sure up the defence.

Left Midfielder – Alexis Sanchez

Intelligently, Wenger rested the forward on Saturday following his involvement with Chile and the surplus travelling that goes with the national team, however it would seem dead certain that Alexis will start in Paris on Tuesday considering he is one of Arsenal’s best players.

Central Attacking Midfielder – Mesut Özil

It would be surprising if Wenger left out their conductor. Although the German did not have his greatest game ever against Southampton he will most likely start considering his ability to create chances.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Right Midfielder – Theo Walcott

The right side of midfield will be another selection headache for the Arsenal manager with the likes of Chamberlain being in contention and also Alex Iwobi returning to the set-up following his injury but Wenger may look to Theo Walcott to use his pace to get in behind PSG’s defence considering the French club tend to play a high line-up.

Striker – Olivier Giroud

Although Lucas Perez provides an abundance of will-power and stamina Wenger may look to Olivier Giroud to start for the North London club as Giroud tends to hold the play up for Arsenal by using his physique and experience and gives the team a target man in the box which may be vital considering chances may be hard to come by.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2016 in London, England.


What are your thoughts? Do you feel Arsene Wenger will select this team or something similar?

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Author: The PA Team

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