After a really fun weekend against Leicester City, Arsenal dive right back into the Champions League fray with a match at the Emirates against the team currently in first place in the Greek Super League, Olympiakos of Athens.
Olympiakos are currently the only team in the Greek Super League to have not dropped points; after collecting fifteen points from five games, they lead second-placed Panathinaikos by three points. The only name I recognize on the Olympiakos roster is Esteban Cambiasso, who played, most recently, for Leicester City after 10 years at Inter.
And with that, I've exhausted my well of knowledge of Olympiakos. I now turn the preview over to TSF commenter apostolos, who gave me the following info about Olympiakos' team:
They're a decent team but definitely have their weaknesses. Their goalie, Roberto, is really good, and at CB they have Manuel Da Costa (Former West Ham player) who is out injured for this game, as well as Dimitrios Goutas, a really talented young CB. This means that it's likely Dimitrios Siovas & Alberto Botia that will start for Olympiakos - they're both slow CB's that if Theo plays against, he should really tear them apart (Botia especially is awful).
Their fullbacks are good but I doubt they can handle Sanchez. In midfield their main threat is Kostas Fortounis, who has 5 goals in 3 games so far & with Tsori Dominguez (their star player) out becomes even more important for them. They also have two strikers that are workmanlike but both haven't scored yet. And there's a few pacy wingers Arsenal should keep an eye on, like Seba, who is on loan from Fc Porto.
In addition to the above, as far as players to be careful of: Kostas Fortunis and his five goals in three games, Alejandro Dominguez, the French defender Arthur Masuaku, and the aforementioned Roberto as a last line of defense.
Thanks for the info, apos!
On the Arsenal front, Francis Coquelin is back in training, but it's not a certainty that he'll play tomorrow. Flamini and Arteta are doubts with muscle strains, and Giroud is suspended following his two card performance in that last wonderful CL match.
This game probably would have been easier had that game against Zagreb gone according to plan; with Manchester United coming up at the weekend, three points in the Zagreb game would have meant some breathing room in this game to rotate a few players, but now, not so much.
Hopefully that experience is well in the rear view and Arsenal can take care of business at home today, and do so injury free so that this weekend won't utterly terrify me.