Arsene Wenger sat alongside Hector Bellerin for his pre-match press conference on Monday evening. As always we have the transcript in full (via The Mirror).
Is It Special To Play PSG?
I like to come to Paris, it’s a city I love, the country I love. PSG is a good test, a team above everybody else in France. Very interesting for us to come to this city and have a good level of comparison to see where we are with everybody else.
He’s alright. He had a big knock on his face but he recovered quite well. I was concerned after the game that he wouldn’t be available tomorrow but he’s alright.
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Being In The Last Year Of His Contract
I just focus on the next game. I played over 170 games in the Champions League, and it’s every time the same, you want to do well. My personal case is not at stake in that.
Why Didn’t Wenger Join PSG In The Past?
Because I love where I am. I know the owners but I feel always loyal to Arsenal FC. I think it’s a club that has the qualities I love and that’s why.
Mature Squad – Is It Better For Champions League?
I think so yes.I was used to playing with much younger squads when we built the stadium because we had not the resources. We have experienced players with top level footballers. The squad is between 24 and 30, we have good combinations of physical strengths and experience. We also want to give chances to young players and get the mixture right – I say that because Hector Bellerin is next to me.
Improvements Needed To Win Group Stage?
Last year we were second behind Bayern. We did beat Bayern at home and lost away, Bayern were more consistent. Last year we had a bad start, we lost out first game away to Zagreb and then the result against Olympiacos, and Bayern were a little more consistent than we were. What we need to do of course to win the group stage is to get a good result here tomorrow.
How Can You Prove This Squad Has The Qualities?
Better than all my speeches is the way we play and the dynamic we have and the intensity we can put into our games. We play in a championship, you look at the results over the weekend it’s very intense. We are used to playing with the intensity that is need in the Champions League. I think that’s what we need to do in every game, better than talking is playing well and making the results and that’s what we want to do tomorrow.
Is Giroud Ready To Start?
I have not decided, the players don’t know the team. We have 24 hours. Is he ready to start now? He’s close now, yes.
Effect Of Ibrahimovic’s Departure on PSG
I think as a club they have lots of good players, I don’t think it affects them at all, they have a really strong front three at the moment and any player they can play up front is going to be dangerous We face the match in the same way we would have done if he had played. The team is ready, I think defensively we have had a few good performances so the team is up for it.
Coming Up Against Di Maria As You Did Against Manchester United
I remember that game but he was playing the other side, I remember I was facing Ashley Young. We know the player, we know he’s very tricky, a very good left foot and he’s going to be a difficult player to defend. We have all faced a lot of top quality players, this is the level that is required, so I’m sure whoever defends [against him] will be ready.