Arsenal face Champions League challenge from France, Switzerland and Bulgaria
Arsenal face Champions League challenge from France, Switzerland and Bulgaria

Arsene Wenger has been speaking at his press conference this morning about the Champions League group stage draw made in Monaco yesterday.

The Gunners are joined in Group A by Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), FC Basel and Lodogorets.

Arsenal open their campaign against PSG at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday 13 September.

“As we were in pot two, we got what we basically expected, Wenger said. Maybe Paris Saint-Germain is the favourite, but we want to qualify of course and if possible finish first in the group. We start in Paris, so that will be a very interesting test. At the moment, we don’t know a lot about Ludogorets and Basel, if you look at their record against English teams you become cautious. They’ve done extremely well against Chelsea, against Manchester United, and I believe we have to be on our toes and prepare very well.

I believe it’s a mixture of them being the dominant team in Switzerland, so they do what they want in their own country, and they also have good coaches in Switzerland too. They have a good youth development system, and Basel especially have done some good scouting. They discovered Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny players from Egypt who maybe the English clubs don’t watch too much. They’ve been scouted in countries where there’s less competitive edge maybe compared to big leagues.”

On PSG Wenger added.

“They are the team who has absolutely unlimited financial potential and they have bought really well. But of course we want to challenge that. We’ll see – it’s a good test for us to play against PSG. Our first game is on the 13th of September, let’s hope we can get a good first result there. They have hit the headlines on the transfer market in the last five or six years.”