Olympiacos v Arsenal Confirmed Team News & Predicted XI for EL 1st leg

Arsenal will make the long trip to Greece to take on Olympiacos this evening, and will do so with a full squad of options.

The only player unavailable for selection is Alex Runarsson, having been deregistered from our Europa League squad to make room for January signing Mat Ryan, who will likely fill the bench this evening.

Emile Smith Rowe is believed to have travelled with the squad after completing a full training session with the first-team yesterday afternoon, but whether he will deemed ready to start the clash will be assessed ahead of kick-off, as confirmed in Arsenal‘s match preview.

Predicted Arsenal XI:

Bellerin Holding Mari Tierney
Partey Xhaka
Saka Odegaard Pepe

Naming the centre-back pairing is almost as difficult to predict as the front line at present. Holding has been missing since he caught a blow to the head against Man City, but I feel like he will return to the line-up today, while Mari appears to be the most consistent at the back so he gets the nod over Gabriel.

The front four is also up for debate. Willian’s return to form could well see him start this evening, while if Smith Rowe could prove he was 100% he should be starting also, but all-things considered I believe the above to be most likely.

Which players do you expect to start that are missing from my predicted XI? Who do you think could make the difference this evening?


Tags Europa League Olympiacos


  1. S.J says:

    Predicted line up –


    Willian. Odegaard. Saka.

    Xhaka. Partey.

    Tierney. Mari. Luiz. Bellerin.


    1. foreverinourshadows says:

      So you don’t want Arsenal to win

  2. Antipaz says:

    Granit Xhaka is out of Arsenal first eleven

  3. Twig says:

    My only request for the starting line up is Chambers doesn’t start at right back.

    1. Declan says:

      I think they will save him for the weekend to help counter spurs aerial threat as both Bellerin and a Cedric are rather small.

      1. McLovin says:


        Funny enough, Bellerin isn’t that small, he just cant jump..

  4. mishael says:

    Tierney | Mari | Holding | Cedric

    Elneny | Partey

    Martineli | Smith | Saka

    Laca boom….

    key subs: Pepe for Martneli, Auba for laca, Odegaard son of Odin for Smith …..

    1. Leigh of SL says:

      Son of Odin right😂😂

  5. Declan says:

    The game against spurs this weekend will also be in Arteta’s mind so I’m thinking ESR won’t play, possibly not Saka or Xhaka either. I’ve a feeling Martinelli will make an appearance too.

  6. Kayzy says:

    I think ESR will start today’s match ahead of Ordegaard…. Bcos weekend’s game will be more physical for him. My line up is Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney
    Partney, Xhaka
    Pẹpẹ, ESR, Martinelli

  7. GoonerMo says:

    I think I would start Cedric rather than Bellerin.


    for me my predicted stating xi is, leno tieney gabriel mari bellerin partey xhaka smith rowe pepe aubameyang saka

  9. Darren says:

    Holding can not pass

    1. Admin Pat says:

      Really? So he plays for one of the top ten teams in the world on a regular basis, but OH NO, he can’t pass….

  10. Mogunna says:

    Bellerin ChambersHHolding Tierny
    Partey Xhaka
    Auba Laca. Saka.

    Auba scored many from that RW rushing to middle…Played there a lot in past.

  11. S.J says:

    My preferred line up –


    Pepe. Odegaard. Saka.

    Ceballos. Partey.

    Tierney. Mari. Holding. Cedric.


  12. Aemann says:

    Auba, laca saka
    Xhka Partey
    Cedric luiz Mari Teirny

  13. Pepe says:

    I think we are in course to meet old friends we will get over this and meet Villarreal

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