Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(9) 8 Goals 4 (10)
(6) 2 Assists 3 (9)
(6.6) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.9)
29.5 Average Age 27.1
182.5 Average Height (cm) 181.5
(0.9) 1.1 Shots pg 0.8 (1)
(46%) 52% Aerial Duel Success 58% (61%)
(0.7) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.9 (0.7)
(2) 1.8 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Champions League grp. B.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Avraam Papadopoulos Out N/A
José Holebas Out 7.29
Player Reason Status Rating
Lukasz Fabianski Out N/A
Vassiriki Abou Diaby Out 6.68
Theo Walcott Out 6.53
Lukas Podolski Out 7.47
Jack Wilshere Out 7.56
Per Mertesacker Out 6.85
Mikel Arteta Out 7.38
Santiago Cazorla Out 7
André Santos Doubtful 6.64
Bacary Sagna Doubtful 7.08

Team News

  • With Jose Holebas suspended due to a third yellow card of the season in the Champions League, Drissa Diakite - normally a right-back - could fill in on the left.
  • Roy Carroll could start between the posts, back in England for the first time since moving to Greek football.
  • With 3 goals in 5 CL appearances this seaosn, Konstantinos Mitroglou will lead the line once again.
  • Arsene Wenger will field a fairly strong side as he seeks to overtake Schalke in Group B and finish top of the group. A win here coupled with the German side dropping points would secure that for the Gunners.
  • Arsene Wenger has admitted that he has left several first team players at home to rest, with Wilshere, Mertesacker, Arteta, Cazorla and Giroud amongst those rested after plenty of games recently, and Podolski and Walcott both having picked up knocks at the weekend.
  • Carl Jenkinson could play if Bacary Sagna is deemed unfit to return just yet.

Prediction

  • Olympiakos are four points behind Arsenal and five points ahead of Montpellier in the standings, thus guaranteed third spot and a place in the Europa League knockout stages, so this game has no consequences for them.
  • While Arsenal are definitely through to the next round of the competition, they will still be looking for a win and hoping that Schalke slip up at Montpellier as they seek to secure top spot and thus a slightly easier draw in the next round.
  • Arsenal have played at Olympiakos twice in the last 3 years, losing on both occasions. The atmosphere will have played a part those times, though, and the crowd will be up for it again. Arsenal will dominate but may struggle to get the win they want.
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Comments (6)

 
  • Not a bad result considering the team Arsene put out, at least they got through.

  • misery? Wenger obviously doesn't want to get anything but experience and playing time for the reserves in this match, of course they won't cruise Olympiakos.

  • *A much changed Arsenal side will struggle in Greece with the home side playing for pride. Expecting more misery for Wenger

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  • I don't see Arsenal having enough motivation to try and pull off a win in the intense atmosphere over there. A draw is very likely.

  • Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski are both injured, while Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud will miss the trip to Athens.

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