Arsenal welcome Olympiacos to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening for the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday night.
The Gunners boast a 1-0 lead from last week’s reverse fixture in Athens thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal but Greek visitors, who have won at the North London outfit backyard before, are confident of getting a result.
ArsenalWith injuries to both Kieran Tierney (shoulder) Sead Kolasinac (arm) at left-back, Bukayo Saka will once again fill in for the Gunners. Calum Chambers (knee) and Cedric Soares (knee) are also missing from Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Mattéo Guendouzi, meanwhile, is pushing for a start in a now congested midfield.Elsewhere winter arrival Pablo Mari is still awaiting his debut for the club, which could well come on Thursday.
Rúben Semedo is suspended and misses the trip to north London. Another player unavailable to Pedro Martins is Algerian winger Hillal Soudani, who is recovering from a serious knee injury.
Despite having won four games’ to Arsenal’s five in past meetings between the clubs, Olympiacos have managed to spoil Arsenal’s party on a number of occasions, most spectacularly beating the Gunners 3-2 at the Emirates under Marco Silva to leave them winless after two Champions League group games in 2015.
However, that 3-2 victory remains the only win that Olympiacos have managed on the road against Arsenal, and having failed to display the same fortitude at home which held Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham to a 2-2 draw earlier this season.
Arsenal are now unbeaten in all ten of the games that they have played in 2020, with Sunday’s victory against Everton their third victory in a row after a run of four successive Premier League draws.
Olympiacos meanwhile bounced back from Thursday’s defeat with a 1-0 away win at title rivals PAOK to stretch their lead at the top of the Super League to five points.
Their loss to Arsenal was their first in any competition since Tottenham came back to beat them 4-2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in November.
Arsenal Predicted XI: Leno; Bellerín, Mari, Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Ceballos; Pépé, Özil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
Olympiacos Predicted XI: Sa; Elabdellaoui, Cisse, Ba, Tsimikas; Fortounis, Guilherme, Camara; Masouras, El-Arabi, Valbuena.
Scoreline prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Olympiacos