'Verratti is their little magician'

As Arsenal get set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital on Tuesday night, one man above all else has caught the eye of Francis Coquelin.

Marco Verratti has become a mainstay of the Parisians' line up, building a reputation as the playmaker in a star-studded line up for the Ligue 1 champions.

“I think you have one key player in each line,” Coquelin told Arsenal Player. “I’d say if you start at the back you have Kevin Trapp or Alphonse Areola, and at the back there is Thiago Silva, the captain and he is the main man at the back.

“In the middle, it is difficult because you have Thiago Motta or Marco Verratti who are two really important players because they can break the lines and move the ball - especially Motta.

“Verratti is the little magician with the ball, so this middle is a strong middle. Up front you have so much quality, but obviously Edinson Cavani is now the main striker, so we will have to be careful with him.”


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