Arsenal may unleash Giroud against PSG

Arsenal will make a late decision on whether to start striker Olivier Giroud against Paris Saint-Germain as they begin their 19th successive Champions League campaign on Tuesday, manager Arsene Wenger said.
Giroud has made just two appearances as a substitute for Arsenal this season and would relish the chance to be involved in the city where he last appeared for France in their Euro 2016 final defeat by Portugal.
The 29-year-old played an important role on Saturday, coming on to draw the foul from Southampton defender Jose Fonte that allowed Santi Cazorla to score Arsenal’s last-minute penalty and secure a 2-1 Premier League win.
Giroud seems likely to spearhead the attack in Paris but Wenger, who has presided over all of Arsenal’s Champions League campaigns, was guarded about his lineup.
“I have not decided that,” he told a news conference on Monday. “The players do not know the team. I have 24 hours. Is he ready to start? He is close.”
Wenger added that Laurent Koscielny is in contention to start despite getting a kick in the face on Saturday.
“He has recovered quite well,” said Wenger, who is expected to pair the 31-year-old France international with new signing Shkodran Mustafi, who plays for Germany, in central defence.
Arsenal will look for more momentum than last year when they lost their opening two games before scrambling out of their group. But Wenger rejected the notion that victory was essential against probably their most dangerous group opponents.
“For us this is an important match, but there is no symbolic desire to win. We want to play well and win,” he said. “Last year we were second because Bayern were in front of us. Bayern were more consistent.”

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