The Gunners take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has warned his teammates to beware ‘little magician’ Marco Veratti when they take on Paris Saint-Germain, speaking to the club’s official website.
The Gunners travel to the Parc des Princes on Tuesday in the first game of their Champions League campaign.
They head to France as underdogs, with many not expecting them to get anything from last season’s semi-finalists.
If they are to secure a positive result they will have to be at the top of their game, with the French champions line up one that is full of talent.
But Coquelin has warned them about Veratti in particular, describing the Italian as a little magician.
“I think you have one key player in each line,” he told the club’s official website.
“In the middle, it is difficult because you have Thiago Motta or Marco Veratti who are two really important players. Veratti is the little magician with the ball, so this middle is a strong middle.”
If Veratti is the man that Arsenal must contain to secure a positive result, then it will likely be on Granit Xhaka’s shoulders to contain him.
The midfielder has impressed since joining in the summer transfer window, adding the kind of bite that has been sorely lacking from their midfield for a number of years.
They will need that against PSG and Veratti in particular and it will be interesting to see how he fares.