Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players know full well what they have to do against Olympiacos in Greece tonight. Only a win will do and we must get enough goals as well so the tactics should be fairly simple and it should make for an exciting game from the Gunners.
The manager does know that Arsenal have a tough task though and that history is against us after we lost all of the three previous away games against the Greek club. But Wenger was bullish ahead of the game and wanted to channel the great Champions League away games we have seen in recent years, such as beating the great Bayern Munich in Germany and nearly rescuing our UCL dream away to Monaco last year.
The Frenchman´s words are designed to free his players from too much concern about the team dropping into the Europa League, with a sort of we’ll cross that bridge if we come to it attitude. He wants them to just go for it, as a Daily Mail report reveals and to believe in their own quality.
The boss said, “We have a history in these sort of games where we have positive results. We have won everywhere in Europe. We know we can do it.
“At the moment we are not in this scenario (where we have to think about the Europa League), we just want to give absolutely everything to qualify.
“If you want to jump over a hurdle you don’t think what happens if you miss.
“If you fall down then you respond, if you want to have a chance to get across you have to give absolutely everything to get over it.”
Hang on to your hats Gooners, it is going to be a real ride and I have a feeling that Arsenal will do it. What do you think?