– Marco verrati says knowing how Arsenal play makes it easier for PSG
– The Italy midfielder insists that PSG would overcome a talented Arsenal side
– PSG vs Arsenal is both team’s first Champions Leagues match of the season
PSG star Marco Verratti says he is looking forward to sqauring up against Arsenal when the two teams face each other in the Champions League.
The Italy midfielder says knowing Arsenal’s game plans will make the match easier for his side but conceded that the Gunners are a strong team with good individual players.
Verratti however insists his side’s aim is to improve in the Champions League where they have crashed out at the quarter-final stage in each of the last three seasons.
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He added: “Arsenal are a big club. They’re used to playing at this level. They’re always in the Champions League. They’re a team with a lot of good, technically proficient individual players.
“But I think we’ll prepare in the best way possible and we know what we have to do to cause them problems. We know what they can do, too. That might actually make the match easier. When you play against a top club, you always give 100 per cent out on the pitch.”
He added: “I prefer it like this, playing them right from the outset. You always want to play as soon as possible after not winning a game, which is why this is such a big match.
“We have to remind ourselves that we’re a top club and a top team, and that we can achieve great things. I’m delighted to be playing Arsenal. This is why we want to be at this level, playing a top club in front of a full stadium. It’s great.”
PSG have made a disappointing start to their Ligue 1 campaign under new boss Unai Emery with a last gasp draw with St Etienne and defeat to Monaco.