By Dominic Toner
Glenn Hoddle believes that defender Layvin Kurzawa is the weak link that Arsenal can exploit in Paris Saint-Germain’s team in their Champions League showdown.
Arsenal travel to France to play PSG n on Tuesday night in the their group stage opener of Europe’s elite competition.
The Gunners are hoping to better last season’s European efforts, where they were eliminated by Barcelona in the last 16, and have been drawn alongside PSG, Basel and Ludogorets.
Kurzawa has started all four of PSG’s league matches, in which they have picked up seven points, and is known for his attack-minded thinking from left-back.
Former Tottenham and England manager Hoddle believes that Arsenal can enjoy success down their right-wing, with either Alexis Sanchez or Theo Walcott having the potential to cause danger.
“Where Arsenal can really cause PSG a problem is down this left hand side,” Hoddle told the Unibet twitter account. “Kurzawa wants to get forward, he is an attacking player but he really is aggressive. He get’s very high up the pitch.
“I think Walcott or Sanchez, whoever plays out here wide, instead of going goal-side and letting him drag you back, I think they’ve got to take a bit of a gamble and just play on the offensive side. So let’s see if that can work for Arsenal because they (PSG) are vulnerable down this left hand side.”
The defender has already scored two goals this season, including the winner in a 1-0 win over Bastia.
Both Walcott and Sanchez will have the pace to rival Kurzawa and the individual battle is set to be an interesting one.
PSG were eliminated by Manchester City in the quarter-finals last season and their Qatari owners are desperate for European success.
Arsenal have been eliminated in the last 16 of the competition for the previous six years and Arsene Wenger is still trying to help the club lift their first Champions League trophy.
In other Arsenal team news, their senior defender has an injury concern ahead of the PSG clash.