Can Gunners gain from exits of Zlatan and Luiz?

BACK ON FIRMER FOOTING: Santi Cazorla was on target against Southampton as Arsenal won their second straight EPL game to reach sixth spot.


    Sep 13, 2016

    Can Gunners gain from exits of Zlatan and Luiz?


    ARSENAL'S long-serving manager Arsene Wenger will feel at home when he takes his team to the Parc des Princes for tonight's Champions League opening Group A match against Paris St Germain.

    A regular visitor to the French capital, the Strasbourg-born Wenger has often been linked in the past with an executive role at PSG when he finally leaves Arsenal, the club he joined in 1996.

    Since then, the London side have qualified for the Champions League in every full season of his management.

    For the last 16 years in succession, they have reached the second stage of the competition, only to suffer the frustration of defeat in the first knockout round for six seasons in a row.

    Arsenal, who have a good record on recent visits to France, have recovered from taking a single point from their opening two Premier League games, winning the next two to reach sixth place in the table.

    They needed a disputed late penalty, however, to beat Southampton 2-1 on Saturday.

    PSG were also involved in late drama in their weekend game, although it went against them. Visitors St Etienne scored in the final minute on Friday to force a 1-1 draw.

    New coach Unai Emery, who arrived from Sevilla to replace Laurent Blanc in the close season, lost important players to the Premier League in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender David Luiz but was pleased to keep influential midfielder Blaise Matuidi.