Tuesday 29 September 2015

Arsenal host Olympiacos in the second game of the Champions League group stage with both looking to get off the mark in Group F.

The Gunners are going in search of their first win in this season’s competition after suffering a surprise 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb last time out.

However, Arsene Wenger’s side come into this match off of an impressive 5-2 weekend victory against Premier League surprise packages Leicester; Alexis Sanchez bagging a hat-trick.

26 September 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Leicester City v Arsenal - Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates scoring a goal to make it 1-4 - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

The Greek champions themselves also lost their opener as they went down 3-0 at home to group favourites Bayern Munich.

Marco Silva’s men have been in great league form though, winning their opening five matches and scoring on average of over three goals a game.

These two sides have been drawn into the same group and met in the Champions League on six occasions since 2009, with the home side taking all three points every time they’ve met.

With Oliver Giroud serving a one-match ban after his dismissal against Dinamo two weeks back, expect to see Theo Walcott start upfront again, whose pace could be a real decider tonight in getting behind the Olympiacos defense

Petr Cech could also sit out with David Ospina again expected to be given his chance in the Champions League, like he did in Zagreb.



Francis Coquelin could return after missing the win at Leicester with a knee problem but fellow midfielders Mathieu Flamini (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (dead leg) are out.

Gabriel is back following a one-match domestic suspension but Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky are still sidelined.

Olympiakos midfielder Luka Milivojevic is suspended following his dismissal against Dnipro in last season’s Europa League. Defender Manuel da Costa is also out with a knee injury.

For the Greeks, English fans can expect to see the familiar face of Brown Ideye, the former West Brom striker, at the Emirates but Arsenal should be more wary of young Greek midfielder Konstantinos Fortounis. The 22-yearold has got five goals in five games so far this season, and with a few assists on the bored will have to be marked tightly.

Defender Manuel da Costa (knee) and midfielder Luka Milivojevic (suspended) miss the trip.

Group Position: Arsenal – 3rd, 0 pts.; Olympiacos – 4th, 0pts
Last Meeting: Olympiacos 2-1 Arsenal, December 4 2012
Key Men: Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez; Olympiacos – Konstantinos Fortounis
Form: Arsenal – WLLWW; Olympiacos – WWLWW
Shoot Says: Arsenal 2-1 Olympiacos

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