PSG and Atletico Madrid to fight it out for Arsenal superstar

Rumours of Alexis Sanchez’s exit from Arsenal just don’t seem to be going away with French media house Maxifoot and Spanish daily Don Balon both talking up moves for the Chilean superstar this summer.

Maxifoot throws its weight behind one of the rumours that has been doing the rounds in recent weeks that Paris St. Germain are encouraging Sanchez not to pen a new deal with Arsenal, and will plot a £60m move for him in the summer with the Gunners left with no option but to sell. Continue reading

Wasteful PSG let Arsenal off the hook

Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani wasted at least three clear chances as Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 1-1 draw by English football club Arsenal in their Champions League Group A opener in Paris.

Just 44 seconds into the match at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, the Uruguayan striker scored the very first goal of this season’s Champions League, heading in a cross from Serge Aurier who was picked out by Angel Di Maria’s long pass. Continue reading

Laurent Koscielny: “It’s a good point”

Arsenal defender and captain for the night Laurent Koscielny said he was delighted to see his side leave Paris with a point, especially considering the way the Gunners started their match against PSG, conceding a goal inside the opening minute.

Arsenal had goalkeeper David Ospina to thank as the Colombian international produced a man of the match display to single-handedly keep Arsenal in the game for long periods. Continue reading

Ospina, Sanchez help Arsenal steal draw at PSG

A fantastic performance in goal from David Ospina earned Arsenal a barely deserved point on their away trip to the Parc des Princes as Paris St. Germain failed to bury chance after chance, while the Gunners took theirs on the back of a much improved second half showing.

The inclusion of David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech in the Champions League starting eleven once again this season raised many an eyebrow among Arsenal fans before the game, but the Colombian international paid back the faith Manager Arsene Wenger showed in him and then some as he pulled off some outstanding saves to keep Paris St. Germain and striker Edinson Cavani in particular at bay. Continue reading

Paris St. Germain vs Arsenal: Team Sheets

Teams:

PSG: Aréola, Aurier, Maxwell, Silva, Marquinhos, Krychowiak, Verratti, Rabiot, Matuidi, Di Maria, Cavani

Subs: Trapp, Lucas, Kimpembe, Motta, Meunier, Pastore, Jese

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Monreal, Mustafi, Koscielny, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Iwobi, Oxlade-Chamblerain, Alexis

Subs: Cech, Gibbs, Holding, Xhaka, Elneny, Perez, Giroud

Jese hoping to be unleashed against Arsenal tonight

Spanish forward Jese Rodriguez emphasized that moving from Real Madrid to Paris Saint-Germain is not a failure, and noted that competition within the Parisian football squad for a starting position does not bother him. Jese moved to PSG on a five-year contract for a transfer price of 25 million euro ($27 million) leaving Real after nine years, as he joined the Spanish capital club at the age of 14.

Jese will be hoping to make his UEFA Champions League debut for Paris St. Germain tonight against Arsenal, one of the clubs that were reportedly chasing his signature in the summer. Continue reading

Coquelin identifies PSG’s danger men

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has been keeping a close eye on Paris St. Germain over the last few weeks as the reigning French champions have stuttered after their match-winning start to the 2016-17 season.

Having won back to back games to start the season, PSG lost to Arsene Wenger’s former club AS Monaco before being held by St. Etienne on Friday night. Continue reading