Arsenal returns tonight in the UEFA Champions league match day 5 at home to PSG. Both teams are separated by goal difference. It will make this encounter all the more exciting because there is everything to fight for; whoever wins this match tops the group-realistically. Unai Emery will bring his team to Emirates at the back of a comfortable 2-0 home win against Nante in the French league 1 while Arsène Wenger’s men snatched a late goal for a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at old Trafford.
It should be noted that back in September, the reverse fixture in match day 1 produced a spectacular performance from both teams which ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams have gone on to win the next 3 matches with their various opponents to sit with 10 points each at the top of the group-with Arsenal leading PSG by +3 goals. It must be noted that Arsenal have never been in such control of the group stage like they are in this year’s competitions- in quite a few seasons now. Hence, it’s of utmost importance that we produce a match winning performance to end the group contest-realistically.
Many might argue that there is still one more round of matches for everyone, but don’t be deceived, whoever wins today’s wins this group. Unai’s bosses would want him to progress as the group leader to have a better chance of making the quarter finals. Arsène on the other hand would want his team to avoid the very big boys in the second round, hence he would want to win the group stage.
Comparing these two teams, there is not much difference between them. But here, I will tip Arsenal to get the better of them because;
- We drew with them at Paris playing poorly.
- We shall be having the little home advantage playing at Emirates stadium affords us.
- The boys will want to get back to winning ways after two back to back draws.
Both teams do not have new injury worries, though some papers are reporting that Di Maria is a doubt for today’s game. Let’s hope the boys produce a performance that will install us as the group leaders in today’s battle for group supremacy. COYG!
-Fair Play Gooner.