Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has warned Arsenal his team are a better side than the one they faced at Parc des Princes back in September.
The two clubs clash on Wednesday at the Emirates in the Champions League in a tie that should decide who finishes top of Group A.
The first game between the two sides finished in a 1-1 draw with Edinson Cavani opening the scoring in the first minute with the hosts wasting several chances to extend their lead before Alexis Sanchez grabbed a late equaliser.
Arsenal rode their luck at times in Paris and Emery feels his side could have taken all three points but is expecting a different game second time around.
“It’s going to be different simply because they play at home, but the intensity will be similar,” he told The Guardian.
“It’s a game with big actors, great football players, this is the beauty of it. We played a good first game and we could have won it.
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“There are things that we will change from then, mainly because we are a better team now. What [that is] I’m not going to tell you.”
Cavani was guilty of missing a host of chances against Arsenal but has 11 goals in 11 games for PSG this season and Emery admits he can be inconsistent.
“Confidence is an everyday job. You need to prepare your players and get them in the best condition; physically, technically, tactically and mentally, to get the best out of them,” he added.
“At times it works well, at times it doesn’t, Cavani can score one day and then not. The best recipe is being consistent. It’s about sticking to your ideas.
“When they praise you, follow the idea, when they criticise you, follow the idea. It’s my best advice.”
PSG have certainly improved after a somewhat shaky start under Emery, having not lost a game in almost two months meaning Arsenal will need an improvement from Saturday’s display against Manchester United if they are to taste victory.