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Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos clash – part 2 0

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On young players and what gives him confidence to use them against Olympiacos:
It’s part of the process. You don’t know until you expose them. They can have the best of intentions but they need to go to a stadium like this and when they make a mistake or a bad decision, have the courage to try again and play again. I want to see that in my players whether they are 17 or 35. That’s what I expect from them. If they keep trying, they have my full support. If they hide after that, I don’t like it. But from what I’ve seen up to now, every time they play on the field, they’re responding really, really well and that’s why I’m hoping and I’m sure they will do the same tomorrow.

Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos clash – part 1 0

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On his first European cup game as a manager:
Well, it’s another big competition for us. The run that the club has been through in this competition and last year as well makes it really important for the objectives that we have for the season, and we know the type of game we are expecting tomorrow. Papa has made us even more aware of that, if we had any doubts. We have to be ready.

Team News: Ozil and Torreira left out of Greece trip 0

Posted on February 19, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

As Arsenal prepare to take on Olympiacos in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, it has been confirmed that both Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira aren’t available for selection.

Ozil has been given permission not to travel for personal reasons, and while the club haven’t provided any further details, BBC report that they “understand” the attacking midfielder’s wife is expected to give birth to their first child soon. As for Torreira, the Uruguay international is currently ill and has been left at home for that reason, though if by some chance he recovers in time, he could yet fly to Athens to join the team for the match.

Europa League priority? 0

Posted on February 19, 2020 by Harry Kettle

The amusing part about getting into Europe is that the primary focus, more often than not, then switches towards trying to achieve qualification the very next season. Football should be all about living in the moment and for large periods of this campaign, many Arsenal supporters have already started talking about the future under Mikel Arteta.

The next step

While we also think the future is going to be bright if Arteta is able to implement his style at the Emirates, that doesn’t really matter at this moment in time. What does matter is the season we’re currently in the midst of and the progress Arsenal are making on all fronts.

Gabriel urges calm despite recent Champions League failure 0

Posted on October 01, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal centre-back Gabriel has urged the supporters to not turn on the side or manager Arsene Wenger despite a major setback in the Champions League this week. The Brazilian defender was on the wrong side of a 3-2 home defeat to Olympiacos on Tuesday night, and called the shock loss “complicated” while admitting they had no one else to blame but themselves for conceding three goals at the Emirates.

After losing their opening Champions League group game to Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal really are in a precarious position with a double-header against Bayern Munich to come. The Londoners could be knocked out of the European competition at the group stages, and supporters are understandably frustrated with the side’s failure this season as a result.

Could Arsenal be suffering their first Champions League group stage elimination under Arsene Wenger? 0

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s defeat to Olympiacos sees the Gunners in a precarious position in their Champions League group with Bayern Munich next up in Europe. Arsene Wenger’s men are rock bottom without a point from their first two games, and defeat in their next group game could see their fate all but sealed.

Six points from first-placed Bayern Munich, the gap could be extended to nine if Arsenal fall short against the Germans next month, which could also see them six points off a second-placed finish should Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb’s clash see one side taking maximum points. They will be behind to all three teams on head-to-head records, so their fate could be sealed by game week three.

Arsene Wenger defends decision to play David Ospina over Petr Cech in the Champions League 0

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Despite Arsenal’s second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina suffering an error-ridden performance in the Londoners’ Champions League defeat to Olympiacos on Tuesday, while first-choice Petr Cech sat on the bench, manager Arsene Wenger refused to blame the Colombian shot-stopper for Arsenal’s defeat, insisting that Ospina is more than capable between the sticks.

“David Ospina played 19 games last season and kept 14 clean sheets and last week he had a fantastic game. No keeper is mistake free, it could have happened to Petr Cech as well. I make the decisions and selections for the team and I’m responsible for it, but it is not because of that we lost the game,” he said.

Arsenal 2/5 to pick up all three points against Olympiacos tonight in the Champions League 0

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Greek giants Olympiacos to the Emirates Stadium tonight in their second Champions League group game of the season, and the Gunners are big favourites to earn all three points given their recent upturn in form.

Coming off the back of consecutive wins in the Capital One Cup (Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal) and Premier League (Leicester 2-5 Arsenal) respectively, Arsene Wenger’s men are hoping to finally get off the mark in Europe.

The Gunners surprisingly lost their Champions League opener to Dinamo Zagreb, so they are desperate to turn things around tonight. With Bayern Munich to face next month only a win will do this evening.

Kostas Manolas on Arsene Wenger’s radar 0

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

As Arsenal are currently thin on options at the heart of their defence following Thomas Vermaelen’s sale, Greek defender Kostas Manolas is a target for the Londoners this summer.

Manager Arsene Wenger signed Southampton right-back Calum Chambers, who can play centre-back too, but he’s the only cover option for the side.

With the fitness of Laurent Koscielny currently a worry, Arsenal are in need of at least one more defensive recruit, especially considering Per Mertesacker may miss the season opener as Wenger is resting him following his World Cup showings.

Could Arsenal loan star gun down English champions in the UCL? 1

Posted on February 25, 2014 by David Nugent

Manchester United face Greek champions Olympiacos in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the first leg taking place on Tuesday night in Athens. One player that will be hoping to gun down United in the Champions League is Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell, who is on-loan from Arsenal.


Campbell believes that his current side can defeat the reigning English champions. The striker told the Daily Mail: “We believe we can beat them. Manchester United are a historic team, even as a boy growing up in Costa Rica it was a famous team, but we have a strong team.”

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