It’s difficult to get a real sense of where we are at this point in the season. Once we got the Liverpool game out of the way and our players came back we looked full of ideas, creativity and desire. Today we have a few injuries and clearly some of the players do not look as fresh as they were back in sunny August but we have had two very tough matches against two of our intense rivals so it’s difficult to know what our form is really like at the moment.
Back to back draws doesn’t do much for our points tally but remaining unbeaten must be good for the mentality of the players, well at least I hope so. Victory tomorrow against the French Champions will mean we cannot be caught at the top and it must be something Arsene Wenger is desperate to achieve. Cue comment about us meeting a powerhouse club even if we finish top. Arsenal's betting odds against PSG show the Gunners as the favourites but it is going to be one tough match to call.
I have a feeling that we may have to battle our way to victory rather than turn on the style if we are to beat Paris St German on Wednesday night. If we are to manage that feat, that would be fine. It is something previous Arsenal sides have lacked in the past, once the heavy legs kick in and you have to rely on more than technical quality we have not always found the answer but today we are not playing our best yet we prove to be difficult to beat, fight until the very end and pick up results when we have off days.
I imagine Arsene will be looking towards adding a touch of freshness to the squad and I reckon we may see Alexis Sanchez sit this one out. As much as Arsene would love to give him one more game, I think it would be a wrong move to risk that hamstring going when he is so important to our team.
Oliver Giroud rescued us a point at Old Trafford at the death and according to Arsene, the player is frustrated to be left out of our first team so now would be as good a time as any to give him a shot.
Alex Iwobi did not come on at all at Old Trafford so maybe it’s worth bringing him back to try and kick-start the missing fluidity to our football. I was screaming (ok maybe not screaming, more a gentle whisper) for him to come on in the second half on Saturday when it was clear we had lost control of the game and couldn’t get on the ball, he has that special ability to knit everything together, even when he is not at his smooth best.
Xhaka could come in for Elneny and Rambo might drop back down to the bench.
Mean Lean’s Predicted Line Up:
I am hoping a few fresh faces to our line up give us the spark that perhaps we’ve missed in the last few weeks. Needless to say, I hope we can avoid further injuries as the games are starting to pile up now.
I spoke to my resident PSG expert, Google to tell me about how PSG have been doing of late, and this was their findings.
They’ve scored 6 goals and conceded 0 in their last two matches so confidence may be an issue for them on Wednesday. I jest, I jest.
In fact they are unbeaten since they lost 2-0 to Toulouse (there is a bad joke in there somewhere) back in September so that’s nice for them isn’t it? A lesser league or not, PSG are a good side and we saw that first hand on match day one. A game in which they really should have spanked us in that first half but the second half was somewhat of a turning point for our season.
Hopefully it should be a good game, to be honest it will be a good game if we managed to win, I’ll take that.