Arsenal labour to Champions League draw with PSG

Arsenal will go in search of the win that could seal the group winners spot in Group A when they take on PSG at the Emirates on Wednesday.

The Gunners, fourth in the Premier League after a late goal salvaged a point against Manchester United on Saturday, are poised to name a strong side for the game.

Manager Arsene Wenger is likely to start with Olivier Giroud after his goal-scoring heroics at Old Trafford. The French boss knows his side are assured of a place in the knock-out stages after three wins and a draw in their opening four games but he wants his side to “finish the job”.

“We have done the job in a convincing way. It is a luxury to be qualified after four games,” Wenger told a news conference.

“We have done it away from home. Now, we have to finish the job at home. We played a draw there and now it is down to us to win the game.”

Arsenal has been handed a major boost before the game with revelation that PSG defender Serge Aurier has been refused permission by British authorities to travel to England.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international, had been denied an entry visa because of an assault conviction he received in September for acting violently towards police outside a nightclub.

The loss of Aurier adds to the worries for PSG ahead of the game with midfielders Javier Pastore and Adrien Rabiot also out of the game after they picked up injuries.

Alexis Sanchez could start on the bench after Wenger was accused of forcing the Chilean forward to play against United. Sanchez suffered an injury on international duty but featured at Old Trafford.

On the suggestion that he made Sanchez play, Wenger said “I never forced in my whole life a player to play. Suggestions we forced him to play are wrong. If I have the possibility I would like to give a winter break to everyone. I just had a chance to do it with (Mesut) Ozil.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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