Final throw of the dice for Arsenal at Champions League

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Arsenal are travelling to Greece to battle Olympiakos on Wednesday having it at the back of their mind that a possible two goals margin result in their favour could see them through to the next round of the competition.

Olympiakos qualification will be in their hands as well if they fail to hold Arsenal strongly at home.

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Head to Head Guide

Arsenal suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos at the Emirates in September which was the first time Olympiakos had a win at the Gunners home grounds in the last five outings between them.

The Gunners have never secured a win at Olympiakos in the Champions League since September 2011.

The last five meetings between these sides have seen Arsenal winning two and remainder three wins in favour of Olympiakos.

League Form Guide

Arsenal have won two, lost one and draw two in their last five games in all competitions.

Olympiakos have observed four wins and just a game lost in their last five games in all competitions.

Three of Olympiakos victory in last five games is over 2.5 goal-line while Arsenal slim wins with the exception of the 3-0 win at home to Dinamo Zagreb.

Olympiakos have enjoyed 12 wins out of 12 games in the Greek league this term, the only club to take win from them was Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Arsenal : Team News

The Gunners key players such as Santi Cazorla, Francis Coqueline and Alexis Sanchez are all sidelined through injury.

Walcott could possibly start the game after returning from injury to replace Alex Oxlade-Chambaline in their 3-1 win over Sunderland.

Arsene Wenger is not ready to gamble in this game therefore David Ospina will sit for Petr Cech to start the game.

Arsenal : Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)

Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, -Ransey, Flamini, – Ozil, Joe Campbel, Oxlade -Chamberlain, – Walcott.

Olympiakos – Team News

Alberto Botía is likely to be at the heart of defence for Olympiakos after his impressive performance in the side’s game aganist Panthrakikos over the weekend.

Full back Omar Elabdellaoui and midfielder Esteban Cambiasso could face suspension in their next bookings.

Forward Felipe Pardo, who has scored 3 goals in the Champions League for the side would have to pass a late fitness test.

Andreas Gianniotis and Giannis Maniatis will missed this game due to injury.

Olympiakos – Preidicted Line Up (4-2-3-1)

Masuaku, Siovas, Botía, Elabdellaoui, Kasami, Milivojevic, Sebá, Fortounis, Pardo, Ideye

Prediction

This game means a lot to Arsenal as the only way to ensure qualification to the Knock-out stages depend on tonight’s match if they win by two goals margin against Olympiakos, but the Greek side are brimming with confidence going into the game because the consistent performance they have shown in both Europe and domestic league tells they can be a thorn in Arsenal’s flesh and the Gunners should not forget Olympiakos had a 3-2 over them.

From my point of view, I think Arsenal have what it takes to qualify tonight not only enough players to step into the shoes of the injured key players but also the Gunners mentality is huge morale boosting for themselves going into a must win game.

Arsenal must not just win, but also with a better goals margin against Olympiakos at their own turf. The players individual motivation, focus and mental toughness that helped them seal Man United with a 3-0 scoreline in less than 20 minutes is what is needed here.

So Arsene Wenger and his boys would save themselves from embarrassment if they show character in tonight decisive game. If Arsene Wenger and his boys subscribe to my point, I am of high hopes that they will win the game by 4-1.

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