Arsenal fans react to starting XI against Olympiacos

Arsenal’s 3-1 win last week means this tie should be dead and buried, but Mikel Arteta can’t take any chances and there will be nerves if Olympiacos can get the opening goal.

Winning the Europa League is still Arsenal’s only realistic hope for Champions League football next year, which leaves Mikel Arteta with some interesting choices to make tonight.

The squad will need a rotation as this game is sandwiched between big games with Spurs and West Ham, while it is also likely that the Greek side will have to come out and attack.

Ideally, Arsenal need to be solid at the back while having the pace to catch up with them on the counterattack, and that is reflected in tonight’s roster:

Xhaka, Ceballos and Elneny midfielder three is a more defensive option with Odegaard remaining on the bench, but there should be plenty of room for Aubameyang and Pepe to use their pace to cause problems.

It looks like a pretty solid selection and the overall reaction is positive, but there are a few gutted fans who were hoping to see Gabriel Martinelli have a chance early on tonight:

I hope he has a chance to come soon enough if the tie is completely put to bed, but he will be gutted so he doesn’t have a chance to start tonight.



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