Coquelin - What we learnt in Paris

For long periods of our Champions League opener at Parc des Princes, it looked as though we would be starting with a defeat.

But then, with 13 minutes to play, Alexis’ equaliser secured us a valuable point.

So what lessons can we take from that into Wednesday night's winner-takes-all clash? Here’s Francis Coquelin’s take.

“We need to start the game a bit better than what we did in the first game, I think that will be crucial,” he told Arsenal Player. “I thought it was a difficult game, obviously we expected it. To go to their place was always going to be tough.

“In the end I thought it was a great point for us, even if we were under pressure for the most part of the game. But we dug in.

“We’re playing at home this time, so it will be down for us to put the pressure on them.

“Of course it’s a special game and the two top teams in this group so everyone will be expecting a big match - and we do as well.

“We expect a good result - I think the fans will be behind the team for 90 minutes. We just have to perform.”

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