Looking ahead at Chelsea's clash with Paris Saint Germain at the Parc des Princes this evening may have haunted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as, when the Frenchman was looking through the playing roster available to Jose Mourinho, he found Champions League winning experience as well as difference-makers all over the pitch and he perhaps couldn't have helped but looked back at the aberration that was the 6-0 drubbing the Blues mercilessly dished out a fortnight ago.
Chelsea defeated Arsenal within 17 minutes, as Samuel Eto', Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard all scored, providing Chelsea with a 3-0 lead within the first third of the first half. Oscar ended up adding a brace, prior to Mohamed Salah's 71st minute effort.
Because there were five different scorers against them, Wenger is correct when asserting that "anybody, any time, can make a difference for Chelsea" and that is precisely what PSG will need to look out for, rather than focusing solely on the best way to nullify key man Eden Hazard. If Hazard is shut down or double man marked, for instance, that just affords players like Oscar, or prolific European goal-scorer Fernando Torres increased license.
On Eurosport, Wenger had more: "Chelsea have a lot of experience with some of their players having played, and won, the final of the Champions League. Guys like [John] Terry, [Petr] Cech… there is a lot of experience there but their young players are extremely talented too. Hazard, Oscar, Schurrle and Willian are all dangerous and very fast.
"I don’t think that PSG are playing every week against players as skilled as Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Eto’o or Torres. The difference is that while PSG are playing in France against good attackers, they are not facing four or five good forwards in the same team. Anybody, any time, can make the difference for Chelsea.
"PSG will have to spend more time than usual focusing on their defence."
On the greatest threat to PSG, Wenger said: "Hazard is the big danger man for me. I would say Eto’o too if he was playing, but I don’t think he will. Hazard is very efficient because he can score, he can assist and because he can get his team out of pressure situations by unlocking defences, which is key in a team with fast counter attacking players.
"There are other players at Chelsea that can do this, but he often starts actions," concluded the Frenchman.