Arsenal have put themselves in a precarious position after losing three out of their first five Champions League games, but Arsene Wenger believes that the Gunners have been unlucky with referees, sendings off and own goals which has left them in this situation.
Joel Campbell knows the quality of Olympiakos more than any other member of the Arsenal squad having played there on loan for a year, and famously scoring a goal when they beat Manchester United in the Champions League. But now he is expected to be lining up for the Gunners on Wednesday against his old club and he is well aware of the difficulty of the task ahead.
Olympiacos vs Arsenal
Date: Wednesday 9th December, 2015
Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
Arsenal have it all to play for in the final round of this season’s Champions League matches, needing to win by a scoreline other than 1-0 or 2-1 away from home against the Greek champions in order to progress to the second round.
So we can now start the buildup to Wednesdays crucial match in Athens in a much more confident mood than we would have imagined a couple of weeks ago. We have got Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott and Ramsey back in the squad and we have had a confidence boosting second half against Sunderland on Saturday.
Arsenal’s never-ending injury woes left Arsene Wenger feeling nervous ahead of the visit of Sunderland yesterday, but his rag-tag collection of understudies came good and finally came away with the three points to leave us second in the Premier League.
I know I am probably being a bit too optimistic, but I can’t help but get the feeling that Arsenal now have all the ingredients (and the fixtures) to go on a winning run to make a serious assault at the top of the Premiership.
Us poor old Arsenal fans are quite used to seeing the Gunners having a bit of bad luck a few times a season, but last week’s game against West Brom really took the biscuit! Arsene Wenger described it perfectly: “It was a bad result – but on the day everything went against us,” Le Prof said. “They had one shot on target and scored two goals – that will not always happen.