Arsenal comes into their champions league match well aware of exactly what they need to do in order to advance:
Wenger and company must either win by a 2 goal margin, or win by a 1 goal margin while managing to score three goals to advance.
This is no small task as Olympiakos handed Arsenal a stunning defeat earlier in the year at Emirates stadium with a scoreline of 3-2.
Arsenal must try and reverse the scoreline of previous match-up while away at Olympiakos; a stadium that is notoriously hard to walk away with points from.
Midfielder Mesut Ozil had this to say to Arsenal’s official website about wednesday’s match-up at Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece,
“The fans will be behind them and our goal has to be to beat them. I have played in Greece before. I know that there will be a very good atmosphere, the fans are crazy and they really support their team right through the full 90 minutes.”
“We have to be focused on the game, we have to give a really good performance.”
Wenger echoed Ozil’s statements, boiling the Gunners game-plan down to one simple phrase:
“It’s clear, we just have to go for it.”
“There is one positive thing for us – we know exactly what we have to do.”
Wenger’s who is known for his conservative style of play must be nervous with his top scorer Alexis Sanchez sidelined. He may be encouraging players to open up the throttle and take chances because it’s ‘do or die’, but if you haven’t been playing that way all year, that isn’t an easy switch to flip.
Arsenal’s Joel Campbell who played on loan for Olympiakos last year knows that the Gunners are entering one of their biggest match-ups yet,
“We already played against Olympiakos at Emirates Stadium. They are a great team, a great rival and especially because they play at home.”
“In the Pireo (Karaiskakis Stadium) it is very difficult to get points but it is the last game of the group stage and we will give our best.”
“It is the most important game of the season so far. It will be a cup final and we have to win to continue in the Champions League.”