UEL R32 1st Leg: Olympiacos v Arsenal | Thursday, February 20 | KO: 20:00 GMT | BT Sport

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Match Prediction

Poll closed Feb 20, 2020.
  1. Arsenal Win

    65.7%
  2. Draw

    28.6%
  3. Olympiacos Win

    5.7%
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  1. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

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    • The clubs have been paired together four times in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and on every occasion Arsenal have staged the home fixture on Matchday 2 and Olympiacos the return game on Matchday 6.
    • The first six matches between them – in 2009/10, 2011/12 and 2012/13 – all ended in home wins, but last time out, in 2015/16, the roles were reversed, Olympiacos winning 3-2 in north London only to succumb to a 0-3 defeat at home. Olivier Giroud's hat-trick enabled Arsenal to pip their hosts to the runners-up spot in the group on the head-to-head rule and therefore secure a 16th successive appearances in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase.
    • Olympiacos's record at home to English visitors is W7 D4 L4, one of the drawn matches having taken place earlier this season when they came from behind to hold Arsenal's local rivals Tottenham 2-2 on Matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League thanks to goals from Daniel Podence and Matthieu Valbuena, a penalty. Their last knockout phase tie against English opposition, in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League round of 16, yielded a first-leg 2-0 win in Piraeus against Manchester United, only for ex-Gunner Robin van Persie to score a hat-trick as United won the return 3-0 at Old Trafford.
    • Arsenal have won only three of their nine previous UEFA competition encounters in Greece, losing five. That 3-0 victory in Piraeus four seasons ago ended a five-game winless run in the country (D1 L4).​

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  2. <<reed>>

    <<reed>> Meme Merchant

    What are the chances of your boy Martinez starting, boss?

    Still have flashbacks of Ospina throwing the ball into his own net in the CL.
     
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  3. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    The #ArtetaOut brigade will gain another member if he does.
     
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  4. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Think its wise to play Pepe here to see if he can gain some momentum.
     
  5. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    We need to field a strong team, EL is still our best chance of CL next season, and we need to keep the momentum going after Sundays brilliant 2nd half. Laca should stay on the bench, Saka, Pepe and Ceballos must start.

    Martinelli Auba Pepe
     
  6. IchirotoV2

    IchirotoV2 Well-Known Member

    Would like to see how Mari would fare
     
  7. kraphtous

    kraphtous Raul Stanllehi

    How can you rotate in this competition? It’s our only realistic chance of CL football next year.

    I wouldn’t even play Martinez, but I guess Arteta is going to have to. Other than him, play the first team and get a good win here so we can relax in the return leg. We play Everton at home on Sunday where we can afford to rotate some players.
     
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  8. krengon

    krengon One Arsene Wenger Trusted

    Play the first team, this is our best chance at cl football next season.
     
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  9. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Nketiah
    Nelson - Özil - Pepe
    Xhaka - Torreira
    Saka - Luiz - Don't Care - AMN
    Leno
     
  10. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia

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    ...this fixture brings the best, out of our **** keepers :lol:
     
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  11. boxerumble

    boxerumble Well-Known Member

    Can see a score draw here but we’ll do them dirty at the Emirates.

    some rotation is likely but we’ll play a strong team. martinelli must start.

    We should be going ballsdeep in the EL. PL realistic goal should just be improvement and best of all training for EL knock outs.
     
  12. Ashybashy86

    Ashybashy86 Well-Known Member

    Same. I think this will be his debut.
     
  13. Ashybashy86

    Ashybashy86 Well-Known Member

    My guess is Martinez :( AMN, Papa, Mari, Kola, Xhaka, Torreira, Willock, Nelson, Laca and Martinelli.
     
  14. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    Hope we don't see Guendouzi. I hate him in away games.
     
  15. El Duderino

    El Duderino 99 Problems But A Mitch Ain't One

    Would happily take a 2-2 draw away from home.
     
  16. Morning_woody

    Morning_woody Member

    Every player that started on the bench against Newcastle should be in the starting lineup for this one. This is not a game where we should risk injuries to our key players. We can get a good result here without all guns blazing.

    Note.
    I wrote key players.
    Who would've thought Mustafi should be rested in a EL game couple of months ago?
     
  17. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Could Mannone not have gone to save that with his hands?
     
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  18. Camron

    Camron Established Member

    Hydro remixed this?
     
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  19. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia

    Common sense says yes, but the Arsenal GOALKEEPER says...

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    I like Emi, but I hope we just play Leno from now on.
     
  20. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia



    ...obviously this is Giroud's game, but I remember little Joel Campbell having a decent run of form around this time, with Olympiacos probably being his best game...



    ...decent player, always looked completely out of energy though :lol:
     
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