Olympaicos vs Arsenal preview, predicted line up and score line by KJ
It’s been a very difficult time as an Arsenal fan at the moment and it’ll be refreshing going into a game where you really have nothing to lose. We have already qualified for the second spot in the Champions’ league group. Usually that would be worrying but considering that the likes of Madrid/Juventus/PSG and so on are second, the last 16 will be very balanced.
We are expected to play our fringe players so our currently under performing star players get the rest that they apparently desperately need. Olympiacos won’t have much to play for and I wouldn’t expect as high an intensity game as we did last time round. However, our youngsters can’t underestimate the opponents and hopefully they won’t as they’ll be excited to display their talents in Europe’s biggest competition.
Jenkinson – Vermaelen – Coquelin – Meade
Ramsey – Chamberlain
Akpom – Rosicky – Arshavin
It’s a good mix of experience and youngsters. It’s quite an unbalanced team and I don’t really know the actual squad list yet, but it’s a decent estimation of what we’ll see tomorrow and it’s a team I’d like Wenger to play.
We have Szczesny to keep some stability at the back but we don’t have anyone else because Damian Martinez is ineligible to play in the Champions League.
Jenkinson and Vermaelen will apparently travel as punishment for their failings against Swansea. It’s an interesting story but it seems more like we need some experience otherwise the score line could be embarrassing.
Ramsey and Chamberlain aren’t defensive at all but can be decent CM as well as learning how to discipline their attacking and defensive work rates.
Rosicky has finally returned and I cannot wait for him to finally make a bit of difference to this squad. He seems to understand what it is to play for Arsenal. Maybe he can give Santi a bit of rest as he physically looks wrecked unlike others who I think are just lazy.
Finally, we have Akpom (an up and coming youngster) as well as the experienced head of Arshavin. Gervinho has been absolutely atrocious in the last couple of games and needs to redeem himself. How he does that is still a mystery to me.
I think it’ll be a tight one and we might just squeeze a draw. 1-1.