While Arsenal are not exactly in a bad place right now, as we sit just three points off the top of the Premier League and are already guaranteed a place in the next round of the Champions League, you could argue that we have not really pushed on as we would have hoped after comfortably beating our bogey team Chelsea.
The two big matches since then have been against Tottenham and Manchester United and we have not won either of them when we really should have going by form. So while the Champions League clash with PSG at the Emirates this evening is only important as it will probably decide whether we finish first or second in the group, Arsene Wenger has admitted that one of the main reasons he wants to win is to get back the momentum that we have lost of late.
The Frenchman said, “It would be important for us to win the group. We can win a big game at home and that’s important for us. But the rest, November, December or June – we win football games and we perform. It’s as simple as that.
“When you go on the pitch you don’t look at the calendar and look at what month are we in. You just try to focus on the quality of your game and we have created a momentum, even if we are stuttering a little bit at the moment because we did not win some games. We want just to strengthen that momentum again with wins.
“We want to show that we can beat any style of team. That’s what we have done since the start of the season. We play a team with a different style, a team who play possession, slow and quick.
“We have to show that we can cope with that because they play a lot of possession and then suddenly they play quick with Cavani, Lucas Moura – they can accelerate a game. We have to show we can deal with that style, a different style to what we are used to. In England, we always play with power.”
With Wenger very keen to get another big match win he is likely to field the strongest Arsenal side possible, so are we finally going to finish on top of a Champions League group?