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Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal tips and betting advice - Gunners face tough Champions League start

Aaron Ramsey (left) of Arsenal in action during a pre-season friendly match against Manchester City on August 7 2016 in Gothenburg (credit: Getty Images)
Arsenal could hardly face a more difficult start to their 2016-17 UEFA Champions League campaign, away to a Paris Saint-Germain side who will have designs on lifting the trophy.

Our best bet for this match: Under 2.5 goals at Evens with bet365

The problem Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City had going into European combat this term was that, having been beaten to last season’s Premier League title by Leicester City, none of them was among the top eight seeds for the group-stage draw.

That meant there was a strong chance of them having to face a European giant in the round-robin phase, thus reducing their prospects of finishing top of the table and potentially making life easier for themselves when the knockout stage begins in February.

Sure enough, while Tottenham will have been fairly happy to go in with CSKA Moscow, City got Barcelona and for Arsenal it’s a double-header against a PSG side whose fundamental priority now has to be making further progress in the Champions League, if not winning it.

The super-rich Qatari-backed club completely dominate football in France but for the last four years they have exited Europe’s elite competition in the quarter-finals, and that stagnation cost Laurent Blanc his job as coach this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery (Getty Images)
In his place came Unai Emery and it cannot be a coincidence that the Spaniard has led Sevilla to the Europa League crown for the last three years, so clearly brings the sort of pedigree that will have attracted PSG’s owners in their quest to take the next step.

Given these two big guns open up their campaigns against each other and that one of them, if not both, will drop points, it will be reassuring that the other teams in the group are Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad who, on the face of it, appear unlikely to gatecrash the qualification party.

But then most people probably thought likewise when the same duo were in with Real Madrid and Liverpool two seasons ago and Basel sent the Reds tumbling out!

However, the sheer consistency in Europe of PSG and Arsenal ought to stand them in good stead, with the Gunners having got through the opening group stage every season from 2000-01 onwards.

These clubs have not met competitively since a European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final in 1994 which Arsenal won on the way to lifting that now defunct trophy, and we will count on them keeping things fairly tight at the Parc des Princes and perhaps also gaining a positive result.

Recommended bets:

Under 2.5 goals @ Evens with bet365
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Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal tips and betting advice - Gunners face tough Champions League start

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