Arsene Wenger has hinted that goalkeeper David Ospina will keep his Arsenal place for the remainder of the Champions League ties. The Colombian was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up last night, but went on to be the stand-out performer in the Gunners side, making a number of decisive saves to deny their hosts.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans will disagree with my choice of Francis Coquelin as our Man of the Match from the away draw with PSG anmd most would probably give it to Ospina for keeping us in the game or Alexis Sanchez for hitting the leveller, but Coquelin for me deserves it. He did really well to stay disciplined after an early booking and still put himself about to stop Arsenal being overrun. And for long periods it was him making the runs into the box that should have come from Ozil, Cazorla, Iwobi and the Ox.
The Arsenal and France international striker Olivier Giroud must have done something to upset the manager, or he must be wondering if he has, because Arsene Wenger has left the big centre forward out of the starting line up once again, meaning Giroud is still waiting for a first start of the season, for the Gunners at least.
I must admit that I thought Arsene Wenger got his Arsenal team selection wrong for the Premier League game against Southampton at the weekend. Luckily for us and the Frenchman we got away with it and if the squad is now rotated and the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud help Arsenal to beat PSG away then the manager’s risks will seem well worth taking.
One of the reasons that Arsenal found it so hard to win at home to Southampton on Saturday was the complacent attitude of some of our players. It appeared to me that a lot of the Gunners out there on the pitch almost believed they only had to turn up to claim the points.
I think it is fair to say that Arsenal were quite pleased with how the draw for the Champions League groups panned out this season. There were some easier clubs for us to get from the top seeded pot of title winners, most notably CSKA Moscow who our jammy north London rivals Tottenham got, but there were a lot worse as well, so we are happy to have dodged Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus.
It remains to be seen what Arsene Wenger does with the new Arsenal striker Lucas Perez on Tuesday after the Spaniard endured a pretty miserable Arsenal debut in the Premier League win over Southampton. But if the Frenchman was looking for options up front as we head to Paris to face the French champions PSG in the Champions League, he could do worse than look to the striker in form for the Gunners at under 23 level.
With all of the first round of international games now done and dusted, Arsenal can get back to business and our season really starts to hot up, with our first domestic cup action coming up along with the Champions League group stages and the Premier League to consider.