It’s a case of must win game for the Gunners, when they host Olympiacos at the Emirates tonight. After losing their opening game to Dinamo Zagreb, Arsene Wenger’s men can’t afford another loss but after recording back to back wins last week, Arsenal should be confident going into the game.
The Greek side will not be short on confidence either, they swept their Superleague opponents Giannina 5-1 and are the Champions of Greece for the fifth year in a row. We should have enough firepower in attack and solidity at the back to see us through this game quite comfortably. But what we predict and what Arsenal do on the pitch are entirely different and lets hope we get our predictions right for this game.
For the second year running, Arsenal lost their opening Champions league game, putting them under incredible pressure going into the rest of the campaign. While last year’s loss to Dortmund can be dismissed as one where the superior side won, this year’s loss to Zagreb was downright dispiriting.
Things can’t be changed and we still have our future in our hands and its too early to talk about our Champions league future right now. However with Bayern on the horizon, it would be naïve to not treat this fixture as one of the utmost importance. Arsenal as ever have a host of injuries to contend with, Mikel Arteta and Spurs destroyer Mathieu Flamini are definitely out while Olivier Giroud is suspended after his red card against Dinamo. Arsene Wenger confirmed that Francis Coquelin is available after his knee inury and the team would be similar to the one that lined up against Leicester. David Ospina is likely to feature in goal tonight. Theo Walcott looks to have cemented the forward position while Alexis returning to form is great and we need him to continue that.
The Greek champions have lost all of their 12 meetings in England and have lost to Arsenal thrice at the Emirates. They defeated Arsenal in the subsequent fixtures at home but those were hardly meaningful fixtures. The Greeks as expected lost their opening game to Bayern Munich and they have to get atleast a point from this game if they want to stay alive in the group.
In terms of team news, midfielder Luka Milivojevic is suspended while defender Manuel Da Costa is out with a knee inury. The away side are on a splendid run of form in the league and in Esteban Cambiasso and Pajtim Kasami they also have players who have experience of the Premier league.
The game is a classic must win for both the teams involved although Arsenal have the upper hand. The Gunners finally found their ruthless streak against Leicester and hopefully they can continue that. COYG!!!!