Date: 13th September 2016 at 3:02am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has now held his pre Paris Saint-Germain press conference, and despite changes over the summer…he’s still expecting a very tough test from the French Champions.

Switching head coaches with Unai Emery coming in and losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United, Wenger knows they lost ‘more than a player’ in Ibrahimovic, but he knows they are still a good side, he expects them to continue to dominate French football – however with such changes it means there’s an element of the unknown about them this week.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media, Wenger explained.

‘They will be continue to be the dominant team in France but they lost more than a player with Ibrahimovic. He was the leader, the captain, a charismatic carrier of the ambition of the club and it`s always difficult to measure when you lose a player of that stature, how big the damage is. At the moment they have also changed managers so they are trying to find their feet at the moment.’

In terms of team news given the blow that Laurent Koscielny took in the last match, Wenger confirmed that he remains in contention for the game.

‘He’s alright. He had a big knock on his face after the Southampton game but recovered quite well. I was concerned after the game that he wouldn’t be available, but he’s alright.’

Wenger also confirmed that he’d rejected advances from PSG on three occasions as he was enjoying the job where he was.

‘Because I love where I am. I know well the owners of PSG but I feel always I am loyal to Arsenal football club. I think it’s a club that has the qualities I love, and that’s why.’

He also confirmed that talks will soon begin with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over new contracts for them, with each having two years left on their existing deals.

He also explained that he felt Arsenal had a better chance for success this year in Europe given the group we have.

‘I think we have a better chance, yes. I was used to playing with my younger squads when you build a stadium because you don’t have the resources. Now I have a team with more experienced players. The squad is between 24 and 30, basically. That’s where you have a good combination of physical strength and experience. But we want to keep giving chances to young players and get the mixture right. I say that with Hector sitting next to me!’

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