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Arsenal hosts Greek champion Olympiacos on Tuesday (29 September 2009) in a Group H match of Champions League 2009-10. Both teams had a winning start to the Champions league campaign this season. Arsenal pulled off an excellent 3-2 come-from-back victory over Standard Liege, while Olympiacos defeated Dutch side AZ 1-0 in their Champions league openers. So, the winner of the game will move to the no. 1 position in point table. With Arsenal playing at home, it seems that the Gunners will have some advantage, but you can not rule out the chances of Olympiacos, given their recent form.
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Match: Arsenal vs Olympiacos, Group H, UEFA Champions League 2009-10
Date: 29 September 2009
Venue: Emirates Stadium,
Kick off: 18:45 GMT (Local Time 19:45)
Following two successive defeats at the hands of Manchester United and
Arsenal is currently at the no. 5 position in the premier league standing with 12 points from 6 games, though they are level with 6th placed
Olympiacos has been in high-flying form so far this season. Since the arrival of new coach Brazilian Zico, the Greek champions have won all of their four games. Zico replaced Temuri Ketsbaia as the new manager of Olympiacos just before their Champions league opener against AZ.
Ahead of the trip to
"We hope to play good football in
," Zico said to Sky Sports. London
"I am worried because of the tiredness. At the second half against Panionios [on Saturday] I saw tired players and this is something that I have to resolve.
"We hope to overcome the problem and have a good game. We know very well the difficulties of playing against Arsenal.
"They are a big club but we are confident of doing well in
. We must show that winning mentality that we show in London ." Greece
Olympiacos now stands second in the standing of Super League
Arsenal’s recent form may indicate that they do not need to worry a lot about the Olympiacos game, but still Wenger has to deal with a number of injury concerns ahead of the European fixture. First of all, Arsenal is missing the service of striker Nicklas Bendtner who suffered bruises in a car accident on Sunday when he was on his way to club training ground. The accident did not let him take part in the training and Wenger has confirmed that the striker will be out for the Olympiacos match.
Times Online reported:
"Nicklas did not practice because he had a car accident yesterday," Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, said. "Fortunately, there was no real long-term damage, but he was bruised and we thought it better he did not train. He should be back for Sunday."
Meanwhile, another bad news for Arsenal fans is that Brazilian midfielder Denilson will be on the sideline for two more months. Initially, his back injury looked minor, but doctors have now found out a fracture on his back. Let us now come to the good news of the Arsenal camp. Arsenal starlet Theo Walcott is now all set to return to action with the Olympiacos match. The English striker has been sidelined since he picked up a back injury during the pre-season match against
Wenger concedes however, that Walcott will not be named in his starting XI but has a chance of making the squad as the Gunners look to make it back-to-back victories in Group H.
"He has a chance to be in the squad but not to be starting," Wenger told The Sun. "He has played only 45 minutes since June."
Following his heroic performance during last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Fulham, Arsenal’s third choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone is now all set to start against Olympiacos too. First choice Manuel Almunia and second choice Łukasz Fabiański are both injured at this moment, and it has been reported that Almunia has not yet got over the chest infection fully. Naturally, Mannone will be seen in the Arsenal goal in the upcoming match in
Olympiacos does not have any big injury concern and it is expected that the Greek side will give some tough challenge for the Gunners, even though they will be playing at Arsenal home ground in front of Gunners fans. They now have an inspirational coach in Zico, former legend of
Until Arsenal’s semi final defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates stadium last season, Gunners were undefeated at home for five years. It is pretty much clear that Arsenal fortress is always very strong to break in
However, it would be a big mistake if Arsenal takes the Greek side lightly and feel any level of complacency ahead of the game. No doubt, Arsenal has a very good squad and their recent form is pretty much satisfactory. I do not think that they need to worry about the absence of Bendtner. Arsenal has two excellent forwards in Robin van Persie and Eduardo.
Arsenal midfield also features some creative players like Cesc Fabregas and Andrei Arshavin, but in the absence of Denilson, Arsenal may face some problems in deciding whom to deploy as the holding midfielder. I think, Abou Diaby should be perfect person to play in this position, but Wenger can also think about Emmanuel Eboue. Back line should be pretty much same with Gallas and Vermaelen taking up the central roles, while Sagna and
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I think, Arsenal has an edge given their home advantage, but having said that, I am not writing off Olympiacos. The Greek side will be looking to create an upset in the