We all know that Arsenal are up against the odds tonight, as we prepare for a must win game away to Olympiacos. The manager and players are no exception although they know that they will only have themselves to blame for the way we set about the first two group games.
While our France international centre forward accepts that it will require a Herculean effort from the Gunners tonight, Olivier Giroud also spoke with real belief about Arsenal being able to do it and prove the doubters wrong. His comments reported in the Daily Mail also alluded to the current injury crisis at the club.
He was not trying to make excuses before the game though, because he went on to say that there was plenty of talent left in the squad to go and beat the Greek team that we were expected to, and really should have, beat at the Emirates.
Giroud said, “Would it be massive if we didn’t qualify? No.
“But this group was within our reach and we put ourselves in a difficult position losing our two first games.
“Now, we have the opportunity to show our mental strength.
“We’ll have to leave aside the atmosphere because it’s going be a very hot game. We need to be at 100 percent.
“In this kind of game, 95% won’t be enough.
“We have a lot of injuries. Probably 40 percent of our squad is out.
“But we have a squad with quality and deeper than the previous seasons. The guys who replaced injured players last weekend against Sunderland did their job.
“We know we have enough quality to go and win there (in Greece) This is a game where we will have to be strong in our head. We have to be ready mentally.
“We believe we can make it. If not, the club would send the youth team. We have a good chance.”
So do you agree with Giroud about Arsenal having a good chance of being in the draw for the next round or is there another glorious exit on the cards?