Former England boss urges Arsenal to gamble on PSG weakness

Glenn Hoddle has urged Arsenal to take advantage of Layvin Kurzawa on the left side of the Paris Saint-Germain defence.

The former Tottenham and Chelsea midfielder has been talking about the upcoming Champions League tie between PSG and the Gunners tonight, and claims he can see a weakness in their line-up.

Hoddle claims that Kurzawa is great going forward, but will leave his side weak in defence as he looks to push up the pitch at every opportunity. With this, he has urged Theo Walcott, or whoever is chosen to play on the right-wing, to resist the urge to follow Kurzawa back into their own half, and take a risk for their own attacking present.

For this sort of tactic, maybe we could tinker our XI to field Mesut Ozil on the right, with Santi Cazorla or Mohamed Elneny ahead of Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin in midfield. This could allow the extra midfielder to drop back into the base of midfield, and allow Coquelin to track across to deal with the attacking full-back, with Ozil to stay forward as we look to exploit the gap in defence.

We should certainly be looking to take advantage of our opponents struggles at present, with PSG having failed to win either of their last two matches, and we come into the back with some confidence having won our previous two.

Wenger also rested a couple of players for the weekend’s fixture with Southampton, giving us an even stronger chance of coming away from Paris with some points, and we should hold onto some confidence in our side, despite being the underdogs according to the betting odds.

Should we risk leaving Kurzawa to push up and try to take advantage of the space? Would this give us the best chance of a win?

Pat J

Tags Arsenal Hoddle Kurzawa PSG


  1. Break-on-through says:

    We are away from home so we need to be hard to beat first and see if we can nick a first goal. Theo probably would have let him go at times without this being said but he has someone to blame now if it goes badly. I think we might see Ramsey on the wing in this game.

  2. GoonerP says:

    Yes Wenger will try and stop PSG as long as possible and hope for the quick break, this is why Xhaka will play to start spraying long balls upfield for Giroud to pass to Walcott.

    1. ger burke says:

      xhaka will definately play will he ?, please tell wenger your news !.

  3. Twig says:

    Do we really play to our opponent’s weaknesses? I think we play just the way we want to play. Bournemouth or Bayern, it’s all the same!

  4. Arsenal_Girl says:

    After losing to both Kiev and Olympiakos last season and defeat to Bayern we put ourselves in a very bad position but won are remaining matches including big win against Bayern
    We can’t put ourselves in that position
    PSG are favourites but they are beatable
    we need to improve our performance from Saturday
    We need to work hard for 90+ minutes and who knows
    We need to expect PSG to be at their best
    But we have a lot of talent and we can do it

  5. G-Rude says:

    Hoddle is a wally. Has he seen Walcott play lately?

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