Arsenal news takes a look at the team Mikel Arteta could name vs Olympiacos tonight as the Gunners look to book their place in the Europa League round of 32 stage.
Arsenal aim to finish the job when they host Olympiacos in the Europa League round of 32 second leg tonight.
Alexandre Lacazette’s goal last week has given the Gunners the advantage going into the game at the Emirates Stadium, but European ties in the past 12 months are proof that a 1-0 lead is far from a secure result.
For head coach Mikel Arteta, it’s all about repeating the positives from the first-leg seven days ago.
“I was very pleased with the performance in general apart from the first 10 minutes when we had some issues to control defensively in the final third in some situations and as well when we gave the ball away in difficult areas when we could progress our play and become dangerous,” Arteta said in his pre-match press conference.
“Apart from that the team played with a lot of personality in a very difficult stadium against a good opponent with a great record in their own stadium.
“We managed to score and win which is a positive thing too.”
In terms of team news, Arteta will be without as many as four first-team players for the game.
Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney, Cedric Soares and Sead Kolasinac are unavailable because of injury, with the latter suffering “a significant right shoulder injury” against Everton.
However, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international is the only fresh injury concern heading into tonight’s game.
Ahead of the second leg at the Emirates Stadium, football.london offered fans the chance to step into Arteta’s shoes and pick the team to take on Olympiacos.
Supporters were asked who they’d like to start the game against Olympiacos and those who responded have urged the Spanish tactician not to make wholesale changes.
Fans want Bernd Leno to keep his place in goal instead of Emiliano Martinez – who was the Europa League goalkeeper during under Unai Emery in the group stage.
In front of him, fans are hoping for the same back four which finished the game against Everton. That means Bukayo Saka replacing Kolasinac at left-back and Pablo Mari being made to wait for his debut.
The midfield three is altered from the Everton victory, with the one change being Lucas Torreira coming in for his first start since the 2-2 draw against Chelsea in place of Dani Ceballos.
As many as two changes in attack is the popular choice amongst supporters.
Not only have fans called for Nicolas Pepe’s inclusion, they want Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli to take the places of leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Luiz, Saka; Torreira, Xhaka; Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli; Lacazette