Arsenal target Serge Aurier showed his versatility on Wednesday night as he played as part of the Toulouse back three that kept a clean sheet against Coupe de la Ligue runners-up, Lyon. The Ivorian defender had mostly been playing a right wing-back recently, but in a tactical switch, Alain Casanova moved the defender back into the centre, and the moved paid off as Aurier was named as Man of the Match by WhoScored.com
It was the 100th game Aurier has played in Ligue 1 and judging by his twitter timeline, he is quite keen on a move to the Premier League, Arsenal being his preferred destination. There were rumours at the weekend that Arsene Wenger had begun talks, but we will have to wait for clearer confirmation of this.
Aurier’s 100th game came as Toulouse drew 0-0 with Lyon. In a game of few chances, Toulouse controlled the game’s possession and had more shots than their opponents. Both strikers Wissam Ben Yedder and Martin Braithwaite were denied by the woodwork as they tried to give Aurier a reason to celebrate on his centenary.
In Wednesday’s other game, Paris Saint-Germain left it late to see off 10-man Evian Thonon Gaillard as Blaise Matuidi’s 89th minute goal put the Parisians only one win from winning consecutive Ligue 1 titles. Something the club has never achieved before.
PSG’s performance was far from impressive, but they controlled a high majority of the possession, and once they had the man advantage it seemed inevitable that they would score. Evian deserved to take something from the game, but the instinct to drop back deeper and deeper eventually cost them dearly.
PSG are top, now 10 points head of Monaco in second. Lyon are still fifth, two points from Saint-Etienne in fourth and nine points from Lille in the last Champions League place. Evian are still five points clear of the drop zone, with Toulouse a comfortable ninth.
On Sunday afternoon, PSG go to Sochaux and will be 90 minutes away from being crowned Ligue 1 Champions.