Can Arsenal break the Basel curse? The Champions League in Opta Numbers
Dec 06 2016
The Gunners now lie just three points behind their north-London rivals Chelsea and have been in terrific form of late.
'He has made a lot of progress this season, ' said Wenger.
"Maybe I am a bit naive, but it's more about getting to meet the players' needs". Today as well, I think they missed some important players in their squad. "The money is good everywhere for everybody".
Alexis Sanchez - who Wenger confirmed was nursing a back problem during the 5-1 victory over West Ham in which he still managed to score a hat-trick - will likely be rested as Arsene Wenger won't want to risk further injury to his star man, especially in a game that probably won't make a difference to their Champions League campaign.
The Frenchman told reporters: "I would like to say that the luxury in the modern game should be it is not only about the money".
However, with the Gunners no longer in control of their own fate in the group after a 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain handed the advantage to the French side, Arsenal will likely field a weakened team and this will be a boost to Basel.
With their chance of topping a Champions League group for the first time since 2011-12 looking unlikely, the Gunners will look back at their last game against PSG with the most regret.
Two of the hosts' last three group games on home turf have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them claiming another single point from this one.
Sanchez has enjoyed a prolonged spell as Arsenal's main striker this season, scoring 13 times in 19 appearances, but could start in a wider position behind Olivier Giroud at StJakob Park.
"I will make a decision on Tuesday as to who will start but, overall, the best way when a guy is in good success and confidence [is to continue picking him]", Wenger said.
Cesc Fabregas played a vital role in Saturday's win over Manchester City, putting in a huge shift despite not having played a full game in months.
The Gunners have not topped a Champions League group since the 2011/12 campaign and have been knocked out at the round of 16 stage for the previous six seasons.