Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud is likely to make his first start this season when Arsenal take on PSG Getty


  • Arsenal are classed in Group A alongside PSG, FC Basel and Ludogorets.
  • Laurent Koscielny is available for Arsenal, while Thiago Silva remains a doubt for PSG.

Arsenal will travel to Paris to take on PSG in their first group stage game of the 2016/17 Champions League campaign at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday (13 September).

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2HD.


Arsenal will travel to Paris to take on Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in their first Champions League game of the season. The two teams are in Group A, which also includes FC Basel and Ludogorets.

The Gunners will be hoping to get a positive result at Parc des Princes in what is their toughest game of the group. Arsene Wenger will hope to qualify in first place, which could ensure a favourable draw in the last 16 stage. The French manager is hoping to take his team further than the last 16 stage this season, something they have failed to do in recent years.

Arsenal will have the services of Laurent Koscielny after the defender recovered from an eye injury suffered during their win over Southampton on Saturday (10 September). Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka are expected to return to the starting lineup after starting on the bench at the weekend.

PSG will also look to start their Champions League campaign on a positive note when they take on the Gunners, with Unai Emery still in the process of adapting to his new side after taking over just this summer. The former Sevilla manager has had a difficult start in the Ligue and similar to Arsenal they are seventh in the table with two wins, one loss and one draw in their first four games.

Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva is an injury doubt for PSG's Champions League clash against Arsenal Getty

The Spanish manager also has a few injury concerns of his own, with the main issue being the fitness of Thiago Silva, who is struggling with a hip injury. Layvin Kurzawa and Serge Aurier are out with injuries, but Javier Pastore and Maxwell remain a possibility to be available for the clash on Tuesday night.

What managers say

Unai Emery: I expect a tough game, a different contest to our game at the weekend, because Arsenal have a different formation and brand of football. The team look good to me, although we haven't won our last two league matches.

I've assessed the whole squad, and they've looked me in the eye. It's the same as it was on the first day. It's about hard work, being determined and being optimistic — but, above all, hard work. We will see how [Thiago Silva] feels after training. There's a chance he could be involved.

Arsene Wenger: I love to come to Paris. It's my country, and Paris are a good test for us, a club that's above everyone else in France. France always produce good teams and good players, so it's exciting for us to come to the city and compare ourselves. We'll play our own game and look to attack. PSG are very strong in midfield, and we'll try to stop them feeding their forwards.

Koscielny's alright. He had a big knock on his face, but he's recovered well. For me, he's one of the best defenders in the world and I hope he'll prove it tomorrow.

Betting Odds (Betfair)

  • PSG Win: 1
  • Draw: 5/2
  • Arsenal Win: 11/4

Team News


Possible XI: Trapp; Meunier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe; Verratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi; Lucas, Cavani, Di María.


Possible XI: Čech; Bellerín, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Xhaka; Walcott, Özil, Alexis; Giroud.