Arsene Wenger expecting tough test for Arsenal against FC Basel
Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League group match with FC Basel at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow night (7.45pm kick off UK time).
The Gunners boss is expecting a tough test against the Swiss champions.
Arsenal drew their Group A opener 1-1 in Paris with Paris St-Germain two weeks ago thanks to a late equaliser from Alexis Sanchez. Edison Cavani had opened the scoring for the French champions.
FC Basel also drew their first group match 1-1 at home against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets.
“They have beaten everybody in England – Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool,” said Wenger of Basel.
“They have had strong results in Europe.”
Wenger confirmed that Francis Coquelin will miss tomorrow’s match after picking up an injury in the Premier League win over Chelsea on Saturday.
“Francis Coquelin is out for the game tomorrow – it should be a short-term injury. The scan was quite positive” said Wenger.
The midfielder picked up a knee injury in the 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday. He’s expected to be out for three weeks, added Wenger.
Granit Xhaka is set to start against his former club in place of Coquelin with Wenger saying
“Xhaka plays against Xhaka tomorrow so it’s a family reunion. We know Basel well because we bought Elneny from them and I know them quite well”
Theo Walcott also attended the press conference and said of his current good form.
“I found it difficult towards the end of last season, I didn’t get many opportunities.” said Walcott, who scored in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Chelsea.
I spoke to many people and woke up something in my system – I am completely different.
I just want to do better and better, after all the faith people have had in me. Maybe in the past I was thinking about others rather than myself, and I think it’s about getting the balance right.
There are always ups and downs, but it’s all about now, and now it is going well.”