It’s a simple job Arsenal – Just go for it!

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.

Arsenal have qualified for he knockout stages of the Champions League every season this century, and Arsene Wenger has no intention of losing that run now, as he said on “Personally the record means a lot because it’s important for the club and for the players,” Le Prof said last night. “I want to win and I want to qualify. For me our job is to win the next game, and do what is requested.

“There is one positive thing for us – we know exactly what we have to do. We know that we have to go for it from the start. So let’s do that and hopefully we can get through. We know what is expected and we have studied Olympiacos.

“We changed the team completely [against Sunderland] because we’ve lost the core in midfield of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin in the past two weeks, and we had to find a new balance. We were a bit insecure as well because we had not won last week. I believe [Olympiacos] is a different game psychologically, it’s clear, we just have to go for it.”

I guess it’s not really a surprise that Wenger is trying to rally the troops for an all out assault on the Greek Champions, but our legend Thierry Henry has also been trying to emulate Le Boss and laying out the positives for our players. “The Gunners should have cruised through and if they go out, they will have no-one to blame but themselves.” Henry said.

“Losing Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla is a major setback but it is time for other players to step up and show they are good enough.

“It helps that they know exactly what they need to do on Wednesday. There is no relying on other teams doing them a favour or being caught in two minds about how to play.

“The job is straightforward. Go out and attack, win by two goals or go into the Europa League.”

And there is the greatest incentive. None of the players want to be flying out to far flung destinations on a Thursday night, playing in front of a few thousand spectators in freezing temperatures for the rest of the season, and I’m sure Wenger doesn’t either. So do us proud boys. Go for it!

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  1. jamesbrowney says:

    …. Lol… Attack, Attack, Attack…. Surely we ain’t Man United frustrated fans…
    .. Anyway, We have been attacking even when leading, I remember the westbrom game where we attacked till the very end, I want a similar performance on Wednesday , I want the sort of determination and hunger we displayed against Bayern Munich at the Emirates..
    .. If we display such, then it won’t matter if we have lost the core of our team or not, we will get the required results or like the King said, we will have ourselves to blame.

    1. GoonerLad says:

      Exactly, there’s a difference between moving forward with the ball and actually attacking with INTENT. So many times we attacked and failed to create any goal scoring chances and then as soon as we relax the opposition scores from a silly mistake we make due to not having a DM like Coquelin. I would rather sit deep and defend and be extremely quick and efficient with counter attacks. Hopefully Ramsey plays in the middle then I know we can definitely get 3 goals.

      1. Colin says:

        Santi has been awesome, but like you I rather hope, and expect Ramsey to play through the middle. In this game we need goals, 3 really to be sure of safety, I think Arsenal become more aggressive and direct going fowards with Rambo in the middle. We needs to get players into their box and Rambo will do that.

  2. Davros says:


    There is no reason to change our style and play with desperation from the start.

    I think our defense should be strong and our attack should wait for chances. Believe me the mighty Ozil will provide chances.

    It’s also important for our attackers to finish well.

    Winning by two goals or scoring more is not unusual for us.

    1. GoonerLad says:

      False. You want to know why we lost against Zagreb and Monaco ? Because we did not play with any form of desperation or urgency. And the key to challenging for the CL is to learn how to play against different opponents, passing the ball and keeping possession won’t work when Flamini barely held his own against Norwich and West Brom.

  3. Johannesburgunner says:

    I can only hope that Ramsey stays injury free in december and Wilshere comes back stronger. With Cazorla out now, we going to depend heavily on both for that box-to-box role. Wenger must get a DM in early January and not wait for last minute buys.

  4. Davros says:

    I’d much rather our attack wait for opportunities with the odd shot on goal then to wildly shoot many times.

    Keep desperate attacking for the last few minutes if required

    We need our players to play with belief and play hard but be sensible also.

    Strong wall of a defense and good finishing will win us the match.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      Exactly. Pick em off with precision…

      1. Davros says:

        Yes “precision” is an awesome word
        Ozil’s passes will be precise but the players on the other end need to finish with precision

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I am not a football god nor do I consult a medium neither am I soothsayer. But I have a strong hunch that tells me Arsenal will beat Olympiakos with the necessary&needed enough goals to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League as they have always done for the past 16 seasons without a break.

    Let the Boss do the needful to play Bellerin as mid right winger for this game while Debuchy takes control of the right wing back position. And the Ox starts on the bench in my updated review of my earlier bench that I posted earlier on this website.

    That’s the only 1 change & 1 positional adjustment the Boss needs to do to his starting line-up that he started for the Sunderland match. If the Boss accepts my proposal, the Gunners forward-line will become razor-sharp than to start the blunt starting Oxlade in Sunderland game for this crucial game despite his pace(no disrespect to him). With this razor-sharp front 4 of: BellerinOzilCampbell & Giroud leading the line and Walcott coming off the bench to relieve him of line leading duty, the Gunners will be so razor-sharp to split open and penetrate the parked bus the Olympiacos will park in front of their goalmouth.

    Just should in case Olympiacos get funny and want to surprise the Gunners by launching an early attacks in the early stages of the game to make things more difficult for the Gunners if they score. Ramsey&Flamini SHOULD hold their defensive base tightly and not allow it to be slackened. While the defense-line quartet MUST be very vigilant to any Olympiakos assault and hold their defense-line impregnable. I believe Cech will be equal to the task of keeping any occasional or stray shots or headings and free kicks by the Olympiacos away from crossing his goal line.

    The Gunners MUST guide themselves against scoring a calamiteous own goal or give away a penalty in this match. Above all, every Gunner MUST constitute himself to a defender and an attacker in this match. These jobs should not be left only to the Gunners that are allotted the job to do. They MUST be assisted when it’s necessary to assist them. The team MUST play as one unit.

    My starts&bench once again: Cech; DebuchyRhino’KoscielnyMonreal; RamseyFlamini; BellerinOzilCampbell; Giroud. OspinaChambersDeAbreuGibbsKamaraWalcotIwobi.

  6. admin says:

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