PSG v Arsenal tips: Gunners to seal the points in Paris
Could Arsenal be faced with a tougher opening match in their 2016/17 Champions League campaign?
September 13th, 2016
Arsenal’s start to the Premier League season wasn’t too promising. Had the fans been unimpressed by Arsene Wenger’s failure to capture any high profile signings before the start of the campaign, they will have been even less impressed by the manner in which they capitulated to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.
Following a 4-3 defeat, they bounced back to draw 0-0 with reigning champions Leicester City and their first victories came against Watford and Southampton, a Santi Cazorla injury-time penalty enough to seal the three points for the Gunners in the latter match.
“We had a little bit of a slow start and after 20 minutes we were 1-0 down, so we came back well into the game and we had a good response,” said Arsene Wenger. “In the second half I felt we dominated well again and created many dangerous situations but couldn’t score. Because we threw everything forward we were always a little bit under threat on the counter-attack… in the end we got the penalty, so it’s a relief.”
Arsenal will now turn their attention to Europe and they couldn’t have been paired with much tougher opponents in their opening fixture. Despite storming to another Ligue 1 championship, PSG parted ways with manager Laurent Blanc at the end of 2015/16 although with just two wins from their opening four league matches, the pressure will be on new boss Unai Emery ahead of tonight’s match.
“It is hard to accept but I have to stay cool and analyse this performance,” Emery said to reporters. “I do not have anything to say about my players because I am responsible for this result. I have to keep working on our tactics and style. The second half showed the way towards getting what I want. We have to find the right balance between attack and defence. We have to stay optimistic.”
Victory over the Gunners would certainly lift the pressure from the Spaniard’s shoulders and the hosts start this match as firm favourites to seal the points at Evens with William Hill. Nevertheless, looking at PSG’s recent form, one cannot help but feel that Arsenal have an excellent chance to upset the bookies’ predictions and take something from their trip to Paris.
Indeed, we wouldn’t be at all surprised were the Gunners to run out as winners in the French capital tonight, an outcome which can be backed at odds of 16/5 with Paddy Power. Nevertheless, the best option for us is on the double chance market where you can back Arsenal/Draw at an excellent 10/11 with Coral. Those of a more optimistic nature can back the Gunners to avoid defeat in the group stage at 3/1 with Ladbrokes, something which is a realistic possibility.
The fitness of Laurent Koscielny is still in doubt, however he will nevertheless play a part in tonight’s match and whilst we believe that the visitors will fail to keep a clean sheet, we are confident of their chances of sealing the three points. Indeed, Arsenal only have a single clean sheet to their name this season and their rearguard will struggle against the might of the French champions.