UCL Preview: Arsenal Vs. Olympiacos

Published On: September 26, 2011, 4:34 pm (9 years ago)
Author: Emmanuel McCarthy

Predicted Starting XI (4-4-2):

Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Arteta, Song, Gervinho, Walcott; Ramsey, Van Persie

Player to Watch:

Although he has been perceived as an unnatural leader and his fate at the club is reportedly in flux, Robin van Persie fulfilled his armband-bearing role in a big way over the weekend against Bolton, scoring his 100th goal for the club in their 3-0 victory. As questions over his staying start to appear, coupled with the fact that he's playing very well, all eyes will be on him in these next few matches for the Gunners.

Predicted Starting XI (4-2-3-1):

Costanzo; Torosidis, A. Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Holebas; Orbaiz, Modesto; Fuster, Abdoun, Djebbour; Mirallas

Player to Watch:

Mirallas has been on fire, with a great performance in his opening Champions League appearance against Marseillem and has led Olympiacos to two consecutive Greek Super League wins. His versatility and capability as a wide player as well as a striker will give Arsenal's defense a headache.



Although missing some key figures in the lineup, Arsene Wenger's side can take some relief as Theo Walcott will most likely not have to sit out this one due to injury. After he pulled his hamstring during a cracking performance against Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal feared he would miss the Olympiacos match.

Expect a similar lineup to the one that took out Bolton Wanderers over the weekend. Another possible formation would be a 4-2-3-1 with van Persie as the sole striker and Gervinho, Ramsey and Walcott backing the attack.


Ernesto Valverde's side has looked strong with back-to-back wins at the start of the Greek Super League season.

Expect an attack-focused lineup with the possible addition of Swedish defender and former Aston Villa-man Olof Mellberg, who, while in the Premiership, was the first opposing player to score at the new Emirates stadium.

As in the Marseille match, expect the team from Piraeus to bring on Kevin Mirallas in a key offensive role, either as a winger with veteran Marko Pantelić in the striking role or with Mirallas as the sole striker and Pantelić as a clutch substitute in the second half (probably the latter).

Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-09-2011 04:34 PM | Gistmaniac
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Arsenal are going to win this match!
Posted: (9 years ago) on 28-09-2011 12:27 PM | Gistmaniac
Arsenal all the way
Posted: (9 years ago) on 28-09-2011 01:02 PM | Gistmaniac
ars 2-0oly
Posted: (9 years ago) on 28-09-2011 05:06 PM | Gistmaniac
Posted: (8 years ago) on 16-06-2012 11:44 PM | Addicted Hero
all this football sef???
Posted: (3 years ago) on 6-12-2016 01:44 AM | Gistmaniac