Arsenal will need to produce the best out of them to ensure a qualification to Champions League Round of 16 for 16 consecutive years.
The Gunners need to win the match and not only that, they should not win it by 2-1 or 1-0. According to Joel Campbell, who also returns to face his former club, this is the “most important fixture this season so far” for his club.
Olympiakos won the other leg of this tie surprisingly at the Emirates and they will again like to sit back and defend to keep the London side at bay. Arsenal’s man-in-form Mesut Ozil thinks that apart from scoring goals, they will also have to do away with the counter-attacking threat from the Greek side.
Arsenal did not earn a single point from their previous three trips to Greece. This time, they are in search of a convincing win with a badly injury-hit side. More likely, they will end up in Europa League like Manchester United but the Gunners have a knack of making miracles when they find their back at the wall.
Arsenal did not suffer a new injury this gameweek, which will be a relief for Wenger in these bad days. Theo Walcott is likely to get back into the starting lineup in place of Chamberlain who did not impress in the last match. The rest of the squad will look similar to that against Sunderland at home.
Olympiakos will miss Andreas Bouchalakis and Giannis Maniatis remains a doubt with knee injury.
- Arsenal have lost their last three away matches against Olympiakos.
- A 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich is the only time Olympiakos lost at their home during 2015.
- If Arsenal fail to make the cut, it will be the first time in last 16 years that they will feature in Europa League.
- Arsenal could not manage clean sheet in last 11 of 12 away matches in group stages of Champions League.
Olympiakos: Roberto; Elabdellaoui, Botía , Siovas, Masuaku; Milivojevic, Cambiasso, Kasami;Pardo, Ideye, Seba.
Arsenal: Cech; Bellerín , Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Campbell, Özil , Walcott; Giroud.
Olympiacos win 5/2, Draw 5/2, Arsenal win 21/20
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