24th March 2019



29th September 2015

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Olympiakos are helped in their Champions League campaign by the lack of competition in their own league.

Olympiakos have won the Greek title for the past five seasons and have won all their domestic league games so far.

"They are a team with a big advantage. They dominate their league easily at the moment so they can prepare for these kind of games," said Wenger.

Arsenal have won their last two games, at Tottenham and Leicester.

But Wenger acknowledges both were testing matches for his players.

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He added: "When you go to Leicester and see who sits on their bench then you know that has changed in England.

"It makes every game very difficult and demands a lot of mental concentration to get it right.

"But we want to do well in the Champions League and when you are a big club you have to face it and deal with it."

Arsenal lost their opening Group F fixture 2-1 at Dinamo Zagreb, while Olympiakos were beaten 3-0 at home by Bayern Munich.

Wenger added: "You have to win your home games if you want to qualify from the group stage. It's as simple as that.

"We can't afford to drop points against anybody at home. We are in a position where we have to win our games and I am confident we will."

Arsenal could have holding midfielder Francis Coquelin back following a knee problem which kept him out of last Saturday's 5-2 Premier League win at Leicester.

Midfielders Mathieu Flamini (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (dead leg) are ruled out, while forward Olivier Giroud serves a one-match ban following his red card in Arsenal's opening defeat Dinamo Zagreb.

Defender Gabriel is also available following a one-match domestic suspension but Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky all remain out.

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.

The Gunners are 2/7 for a home win, but teh bet has to be both sides to score at 10/11. arsenal are banging in the goals and theo walcott is on fire. Olypiakos have scored 16 so far this season in just five league games and have plenty of options with Jimmy Durmaz three from five so far.


Joe Ross