Arsenal host PSG in their penultimate game of the Champions League group stage. The Gunners will be looking to effectively finish their group stage campaign with a flourish; if they win, Arsenal will confirm their place atop the group. This game will not be easy, however, as the north London club will need to beat a tough albeit depleted PSG side.
Both teams are quite clearly the best two sides in the group and with that being said, let’s have at a combined XI of the two teams in a combined 4-2-3-1 formation.
GK: David Ospina
Some might have that Kevin Trapp should get the starting spot here but Ospina has just shown that little bit more quality so far in Europe. Wenger was criticised for playing the Columbian in Europe but Ospina has more than repaid that faith. In the reverse fixture of this game, Ospina had a superb game.
RB: Thomas Meunier
With Bellerin injured and Aurier blocked from travelling to London, Meunier gets the nod. Jenkinson is still finding his feet in the Arsenal XI, therefore, the Belgian international gets this spot.
CB: Thiago Silva
On his day, Thiago Silva is one of the best defenders in the world. Shkodran Mustafi was the other contender for this spot but with due to some mistakes creeping into his game recently, Silva gets the starting spot.
CB: Laurent Koscielny
A no brainer here. Laurent Koscielny is one of the best defenders in the world at the moment, he takes the spot next to Silva.
LB: Nacho Monreal
Monreal is the likely starter for Arsenal, even though Kieran Gibbs has shown some superb form of late. Maxwell is a solid full back but the Spaniard takes the spot due to his consistency.
CDM: Marco Verratti
Marco Verratti is establishing himself as one of the better midfielders in European football. He has the ability to play from deep but can also get forward and score goals, something that is incredibly valuable for a midfielder. He is very similar to Cazorla in play and stature, with Cazorla out, Verratti takes this spot ahead of Xhaka or Coquelin.
CDM: Blaise Matuidi
He may not be the most gifted technically gifted midfielder but Matuidi is essential for PSG. Matuidi has an unbelievable engine and can easily get up and down the pitch. Coquelin has not been playing at his best recently and Xhaka has seen little action, therefore, Matuidi gets the spot alongside Verratti.
RW: Theo Walcott
With Di Maria out, Walcott takes the spot. The Englishman has had a superb season so far, even though his form has slowed in recent weeks.
CAM: Mesut Ozil
Pastore is a contender for this spot but in comparison to Ozil he’s not even close. Pastore may have superior dribbling skills but in terms of the overall package, he doesn’t match up well with Ozil.
LW: Lucas Moura
As mentioned preciously, Di Maria is out so the Brazilian takes the spot on the left wing. Ramsey could play here but he has not played well at all, Iwobi is another option but the Nigerian international seems to have been relegated to the bench of late. Lucas is the best of a bad bunch.
ST: Alexis Sanchez
Some may pick Cavani ahead of Sanchez but with Cavani’s incosistency in front of goal, Sanchez takes the spot. Sanchez just offers more for the team over Cavani. His work rate is superb and it now seems he’s found his goal scoring ability having scored six in the Leagiue and two in Europe.
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