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Arsenal begin their 2016/17 Champions League campaign this evening with a tough away game against PSG.

After an inconsistent start to their domestic campaign, all eyes will be on just who Arsene Wenger entrusts to get a result in Paris. Whether Lucas Perez will be given a second opportunity to shine, and whether the likes of Theo Walcott will retain their place in the starting XI are all questions ahead of the crunch fixture.

One thing is clear, though, the side that lines up at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening will look absolutely nothing like the predicted XI in the Italian media today.

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The speculated line up printed in Italian daily newspaper Tuttosport on Tuesday morning has started to go viral ahead of the evening kick off. And, looking at the 11 names on the Arsenal team sheet, you can see why.

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Whilst Gooners might have shrugged off seeing some squad players such as Alex Iwobi or Mohamed Elneny in the predicted line-up, Tuttosport's 4-2-3-1 formation is notable simply because none of the players listed actually earn a living at the north London club.

Unless Mr. Wenger was far more busy in the summer transfer window that anyone gave him credit for, something went seriously wrong ahead of printing over in Italy.

And, before Arsenal fans rush to check the under 19 squad in search of Matri, Duncan or Ragusa, there is a far simpler explanation.

As noted by 101 Great Goals, the 11 names listed in Arsenal's line-up actually make up the squad of Serie A side Sassuolo.

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Presumably, whoever was in charge of the Champions League segment of the paper this morning wasn't quite awake when making the adjustments from the most recent Serie A previews. Rather confusingly, though, they did manage to get the PSG names spot on.

Rather confusingly, though, they did manage to get the PSG names spot on.

With just a few hours to go until kick off, Arsenal fans won't have to wait long until they discover just which 11 has been selected to get a result against PSG.

If the Premier League side can come away from France with a point it would be a solid start to their European campaign. However, Wenger and co. will be seeking all three points after PSG's less than impressive start to their own domestic season.


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