We will face Paris Saint-Germain in our opening Champions League group game at Parc des Princes tomorrow night.
These two clubs are favourite to progress to favourites to progress to the knockout stages from Group A, so the Tuesday’s game is of added importance. The two games between us and the Parisian side will most likely decide who will win this group and who will finish as the runners-up.
A lot of talent will on show at the pitch tomorrow night as both teams boast of several world-class players amidst their ranks.
It’s a bit tricky to come up with a combined strongest eleven when two teams of such calibres are involved. Nevertheless, we have attempted to pick the strongest possible bunch in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is definitely arguably a better and definitely a more experienced player than his counterpart, so he gets our vote in the starting eleven.
Hector Bellerin has been a revelation in the last couple of years, so we have picked him in front of our old transfer target Serge Aurier for the right-back spot.
Layvin Kurzawa has been impressive for PSG this season and has already scored three goals. He is bound to miss the tie with an injury, but if he’s fit, he makes our final eleven ahead of our very own Nacho Monreal.
In the centre of defence, PSG skipper Thiago Silva partners our temporary skipper Laurent Koscielny. Silva has recently recovered from his injury and is expected to play tomorrow, while Koscielny has also seemed to have overcome his facial injury and has travelled with the squad to Paris.
Central Midfield will be dominated by PSG players as they have a number of exceptional central midfield talents.
We have picked France international Blaise Matuidi in our team, and he is partnered by Italian Marco Verratti. Both players are proven on the club and the international stage and are clearly ahead of any of our options in the centre of the pitch.
However, German playmaker Mesut Ozil is the best playmaker among both teams, and he plays in the number ten position in our starting eleven.
There are obvious choices to be made for the wide positions in our team. Alexis Sanchez stands out for the position on the left wing while his fellow South American Angel Di Maria makes a strong case for the position on the right.
For the striker position, there is a tough battle between Olivier Giroud and Edison Cavani. However, if Cavani’s recent form is considered, then we are inclined to go with the French striker to lead the attacking lines of our combined line-up.
Cech; Bellerin, Silva, Kosceinly, Kurzawa, Matuidi, Verratti; Sanchez, Ozil, Di Maria; Giroud.