Champions League: Arsenal v Olympiakos match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League fixture at the Emirates Stadium

Saad Noor
Wednesday 03 October 2012 13:47
Olympiakos train at the Emirates stadium
Olympiakos train at the Emirates stadium

After suffering their first defeat of the season against Chelsea at the weekend, Arsene Wenger will want a positive reaction from his team.

The Gunners were fortunate to come away with a 2-1 win away to Montpellier a fortnight ago after a jaded performance and will want to put on a more convincing display in front of their home crowd.

David Fuster ensured Olympiakos continued their 100 per cent start to the league season with a 1-0 win away at Atromitos. The Spaniard headed in from a Jose Holebas free-kick to send Leonardo Jardim’s men three points clear at the top. With Arsenal conceding their last three goals from set-plays, including two against Chelsea on Saturday, Arsenal will be weary of Holebas’ dangerous deliveries into the box.

With the Greek side losing to Schalke in matchday one, they are playing catch up in the group and will feel they need to get something out of this game if they harbour any serious ambitions of progressing to the knockout stages.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm


Olympiakos 3 (Djebbour, Fuster, Modesto) Arsenal 1 (Benayoun), Champions League, December 2011

Arsenal 2 (Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andre Santos) Olympiakos 1 (Fuster), Champions League, September 2011

Olympiakos 1 (Leonardo) Arsenal 0, Champions League, December 2009


The two sides have met four times with each of the meetings culminating in a home win.

The Gunners have never lost at home to Greek opposition in Europe, winning five and drawing two games.

Since losing to Inter in 2003, Arsenal have only lost two out of 42 Champions League home games and those were against other English teams.


Arsenal to win: 1.36

Olympiakos to win: 9.00

Draw: 4.75

TV: Live on Sky Sports 4 at 7.45pm, highlights on Sky Sports 2 at 10pm.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in