Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has the squad to make a serious push in the Champions League this season.
With the signings of Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez, the Arsenal boss is looking to make it far in Europe’s most prestigious club tournament. The Frenchman feels he has a squad with experienced players that is up to the task.
“I was used to playing with younger squads because, when you build a new ground like the Emirates Stadium, you don’t have the resources,” Wenger said.
“Now I have a team with more experienced players. There are exceptions, obviously, but the majority of the squad is basically between 24 and 30 in age. That’s where you have a good combination of physical strength and experience.
“They are not 19 or 20 years old. This is one of my strongest squads, certainly. And certainly one of the oldest as well. I always believed we had a chance, even when we had young players but, certainly, I haven’t had a squad of players [like this] for a long time; full of players who have enough experience to compete.”
Wenger also said that he’s turned down several approaches from Tuesday’s opponent PSG, due to his love for Arsenal.
“I know well the PSG owners but I feel always I remained loyal to Arsenal Football Club because I think it’s a club that has the qualities I love. And that’s why. This is an important game but I don’t think it goes beyond two good sides playing against each other. There’s no symbolism to it, no symbolic meaning to this match. We just want to pick up the three points.”