Why Wenger must resist temptation to ring the changes for Arsenal clash against PSG
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Arsene Wenger must field his strongest available Arsenal team against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
Arsenal have already booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages and could be tempted to rest some of their star players.
The Gunners are currently level with PSG on 10 points and the pair are fighting for top spot, with Ludogorets and FC Basel both on one point with two games remaining.
Wenger’s team have the home advantage against the French Champions and must ensure that they top their group.
The north London club have been eliminated in the round of 16 in the past six consecutive campaigns, with four of those defeats coming against Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively.
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Arsenal fans feel that the Champions League draw is constantly unkind to them but they have finished top of their group just once in the last six seasons, meaning they are always more likely to face a European giant immediately in the knockout stages.
The Gunners have finished behind Shakhtar Donetsk, Schalke, Bayern and Borussia Dortmund on two occasions, with the 2011/12 campaign the only time in the past six seasons they topped their group.
Wenger must play his star names such as Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla as they try to overcome a very strong PSG side.
Arsenal face a home match against Bournemouth on Sunday and an EFL Cup quarter-final with Southampton next Wednesday, but must prioritise their upcoming European match.
The Gunners have a squad that could potentially compete for the Champions League trophy and need to give themselves the best chance of reaching the business end of the tournament.
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