Arsenal faced the French Champions PSG yesterday and destroyed the by 5 goals to 1, but we have to face the fact that we had most of our squad fit and ready to play to a top level, while PSG had to play many youngsters as loads of their top stars were on extended holidays after their exertions at the World Cup in Russia.
The new PSG boss Thomas tuchel, who replaced Unai Emery at the Parc des Princes, believes that Arsenal’s extra fitness could give us a big advantage when we play Man City and Chelsea in our first two matches. ‘It could give (Arsenal) a big advantage,’ Tuchel said. ‘Chelsea had few international players when they became Champions two years ago.
‘It is a big advantage. It is very complicated for us. To manage is almost not to manage.
‘We want our players to rest but we want them back because they are our players. We have a new coaching staff and the league starts very early.
‘It would not be first time there are strange results like this. When I managed Mainz in Germany, I always wanted to play the big teams early on after the European Championships or the World Cup.
‘We would have had six weeks pre-season and be raring to go. This can happen.’
With a very fast start Arsenal could take precious points from two of our main challengers and give us a great confidence boost going into Emery’s first season. Perhaps lady luck has actually smiled on us for a change?