Okay so what are the anti Arsenal brigade in the football media going to accuse the Gunners of now? For years it was the lack of a trophy, as they blithely and ignorantly ignored the fact that Arsene Wenger had no money but was still managing to beat big spending clubs around us to the Champions League places.
Arsenal had never won against Olympiakos in Greece in three previous attempts so it looked like an impossible task for the Gunners to go there and win by two clear goals, but the team handled the pressure like experienced campaigners and came away with their heads held high and, more importantly, the win they needed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Even though the Arsenal and Chile international forward was nowhere near the Karaiskakis Stadium, I reckon that Alexis Sanchez would have been keeping a close eye on what his Arsenal team mates were up to and I bet that no one was more pleased that him at the performance and the 3-0 result that puts our name into the draw for the knockout phase of the Champions League.
The theme for Arsenal’s midweek game at Olympiakos is clear, and the message we need to get through to the players is simply Attack! Attack! Attack! We have the players to do it. We have got our confidence back after hitting Sunderland with three goals at the weekend, and the target is simple.
There is likely to be a lot riding on the shoulders of the Arsenal and Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell this week, as far as our hopes of staying in this season’s Champions League competition goes anyway. With no Alexis Sanchez and after Oxlade-Chamberlain’s very ring-rusty performance against Sunderland, Campbell is almost certain to start on Wednesday.
This is the way I see things going tomorrow for Arsenal, when Sam Allardyce bring his struggling Sunderland side to north London to face the Gunners. Just like in our last two Premier League games against clubs we were expected to beat, O think that Arsenal will take the lead.
Arsenal made up for last weekends crazy loss to West Brom by going all out to beat Dinamo Zagreb from the kickoff on Tuesday, and now that the Gunners have to score at least two goals in Athens in a fortnight Per Mertesacker believes that we just have to copy that template, and go all out for the win from the beginning of the game.
When Arsenal travel to Athens in a couple of weeks to face the Greek champions Olympiacos in the final Champions League group game, the job of Arsene Wenger will be a pretty easy one, or at least when it comes to the tactics to send the players out with anyway.