PARIS, Sporting Alert – Arsene Wenger makes three changes to the Arsenal side that featured against Southampton in the Premier League at the weekend for today’s Champions League Group A clash with Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes.
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Wenger has decided to name David Ospina as his starting goalkeeper, which means Petr Cech drops to the bench, while Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi come in to replace Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott in the attack.
Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi start in the heart of the defense, with Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starting as well.
French striker Olivier Giroud remains on the bench today, as he continues to wait for a first start in the new season.
Kieran Gibbs, Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are all on the bench for the Gunners.
Meanwhile, PSG make some eight adjustments from the team that finished 1-1 with St Etienne in the French league on Friday.
Serge Aurier, Angel di Maria, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva and Maxwell are all among the players coming into the starting lineup today.
Interestingly, Paris Saint-Germain have lost just once in their last 39 home games in European competition, and have won 25 of those matches, according to OptaJoe.
The only defeat came last year against Barcelona in April.
PSG last face-off with Arsenal in the 1993/94 Cup Winners Cup semi-finals, when the Premier League side won 2-1 on aggregate.
Paris Saint-Germain: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Coquelin, Iwobi, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez. Subs: Cech, Holding, Gibbs, Xhaka, Elneny, Lucas, Giroud.
Arsenal: Areola, Aurier, Marquinhos, Silva, Maxwell, Verratti, Krychowiak, Rabiot, Di Maria, Matuidi, Cavani. Subs: Trapp, Kimpembe, Lucas Moura, Motta, Pastore, Meunier, Jese.