Arsenal may have lost their first game of the season yesterday but they won’t have too much time to dwell on it as there is the small matter of a Champions League game coming up on Wednesday, which could be perfect to lift the team ahead of the coming league matches.
Arsenal need another win to cement their expected progress through to the Group stages, and Arsene Wenger will want qualification tied up as quickly as possible. Although Olympiakos lost their opening Group game against Schalke, they are certainly no pushovers having won their first five games in the Greek League planting them firmly on top of the pile.
Kieran Gibbs, who helped keep out Montpellier’s onslaught in the second half of our opening Group match, is also expecting another hard game against the Greek Champions. “We know Olympiacos are going to be a difficult test,” he said. “We’ve had a good start in the Champions League with the win in Montpellier, so it’s important that we’re at home, we get another win and we can put ourselves on the front foot to finish top of the group.
“Montpellier was a big test for us. I think we knew what was coming for us in the second half. When we went in at half time 2-1 up, you could tell that they were going to put the pressure on and we did very well to soak up the pressure.
“We defended well as a team and did enough in the end to get the three points – that’s what’s important, the three points and a strong start to our Champions League season.”
And a nice lift ahead of next weekends game against West Ham would be nice. Let’s see a return to winning ways and get some of that confidence back!