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Arsenal are still in pursuit of their first major European Trophy, and while that would be a landmark occasion in the club’s history, it would also serve as a route back into the top tier of European football, so we’d expect Mikel Arteta’s men to focus almost exclusively on this competition now.
They did exceptionally well to get past a tough Benfica side last time out, and it took a late Pierre Emerick Aubameyang goal to do just that, but they’ll be hoping they can make lighter work of a side who aren’t quite at the level of the Portuguese outfit.
The Gunners would have wished Aubameyang had the same shooting boots on last season when they met Olympiakos, with the Greek side edging a thrilling contest that went into extra-time.
Youssef El Arabi’s 119th minute goal was enough to take the spoils, though they can consider themselves lucky as Arsenal’s star forward spurned a glorious opportunity in the dying seconds, so revenge will certainly be on the mind of the English side here.
As per usual, Olympiakos are a long way clear at the top of the Super League having lost just once in 25 matches this season, though in truth it’s difficult to judge their credentials in a game like this based off domestic results.
They’ve taken a slight dip in form of late going W3-D2-L2 across all competitions which certainly won’t help their confidence here.
Arsenal To Beat Olympiacos
We’d also be inclined to put last year’s result down as something of an anomaly as that was their only win in their most recent nine games against English sides, with two of the three stalemates in that run coming against Wolves and Burnley.
They’ve lost six of their last seven games in Europe which certainly isn’t the form they would like heading into this, and we’d expect Arsenal to take an advantage of some sort back to London.
The Gunners have a starkly different run of form on the continental stage this season, though they have faced far easier opposition having not competed in the Champions League.
They’ve now won seven of eight unbeaten matches and considering this should now be their main focus with the top four effectively unreachable (albeit still mathematically possible), the 1x2 market looks the best bet here.