Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier is ruled out for Champions League game against Arsenal after revealing he will miss out his next two games

ARSENAL will head into their first game of the Champions League with a slight advantage.

Paris Saint-Germain are without their first-choice right-back Serge Aurier ahead of the Champions League group stages.

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Aurier will miss Tuesdays Champions League opener[/caption]

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Aurier is a key player in Paris SG outflit[/caption]

Aurier, 23, suffered a sprained ankle in the 3-1 defeat at Monaco just before the international break and left Stade Louis II on crutches

Aurier told Le Parisien: “I am still recovering and I have lots of steps to go through before I can return to the pitch, either for Friday or next Tuesday.

“I hope to be back in contention [for a starting role] as quickly as possible though.”


However, the Ivorian defender insisted his team-mates are ready to take up the challenge to win against Arsenal.

“We have the right to loose a match, even when our name is PSG.”

“But, everyone is mentally ready for the challenge that Arsenal will pose us.

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Wenger is looking to reunite with fans with Champions League glory[/caption]

“First of all, we must win in the league [against Saint-Etienne]. Then, in the Champions League, we are in a favourable group [to advance], but top spot could be very important.

“Arsenal will also want to finish first. The battle begins now and everybody wants to bounce back [from the defeat at Monaco].”

After the late-minute departure of David Luiz to Chelsea, which coach Unai Emery admitted he did not want it to seal, Aurier also expressed his view about the move.

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Barcelona knocked out Arsenal of the Champions League last year[/caption]

He said: “Luiz was someone who brought a little bit of madness to the squad.”

“His joy for life gave us a lot of things. We lost a really great defender but we will stick together.

“What is nice is that we have a lot of versatility. As I told the coach, I am available to play in central defence if he needs me to.

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Shkodran Mustafi trained with his team-mates for the first time on Wednesday
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“We need to have players willing to sacrifice their position for the good of the team and I am one of those players.”

Arsenal travel to Paris on Tuesday 13 to kick-off the Champions League group stages.

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