ARSENE WENGER was hailed a “genius” after identifying Presnel Kimpembe as Paris Saint-Germain’s weakness – THREE weeks ago.
The former Arsenal boss, 69, was a studio guest for beIN Sports ahead of the first leg at Old Trafford on April 12.
During his pre-match analysis, he suggested Kimpembe was a weak link in the PSG defence as Thomas Tuchel opted to start Marquinhos in midfield alongside Marco Verratti.
Wenger said: “He has made two important decisions. The first one is not to play Marquinhos at the back and to play Kimpembe.
“Kimpembe recently has not been convincing in this position because he was too impulsive and made too many fouls.
“For me it is a little risk because recently Kimpembe has not been convincing. He’s a very promising defender but since January, Paris Saint-Germain have been a little bit not convinced.
“Is it because they have the Champions League in mind? Is it because their real level is not what it was before in November and December?”
The French defender, 23, was booked in the first leg but did volley in the opening goal in the 2-0 win in Manchester.
However, he was of course the player controversially penalised for handball in injury time of last night’s game at the Parc des Princes.
That gave Marcus Rashford the chance to slam home the penalty which sent United through on away goals and confirmed another season of disappointment in Europe.
And fans on Twitter could not believe Wenger’s prediction.
One said: “Do you want to say it? Or should I? Arsene Wenger, he’s done it again.”
Another added: “‘Arsène Wenger believes Presnel Kimpembe will be a weak point for PSG tonight.’ Football wasn’t ready. What a man. What a legend. Un prophète.”
A third simply wrote: “Genius = Arsene Wenger.”
However, despite being punished for the penalty, many backed Kimpembe, instead saying he had a good game and it was Thilo Kehrer at fault instead.
Kehrer gifted the ball away, allowing Romelu Lukaku to open the scoring in the second minute and immediately put his side on the back foot.
One wrote on Twitter: “I’m a huge Wenger fan but no. Kehrer was at fault. Kimpembe did well all game. Punished by a VAR review penalty which is highly debatable.”
Another said: “Kimpembe wasn’t even the weak link either, just because he gave away a soft penalty doesn’t mean wenger’s right.”