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:
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– Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 18, 2021
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:
Arteta can easily play Martinelli in LW / RW, so ESR can play at 10. but no, Arteta chose to play Ceballos at 10 ?? while ESR is literally available. Ceballos has consistently abandoned the disaster class in each of his last two performances. Arteta loves to get complicated? https://t.co/s7yvDAQ81t
– Devia (@deviapspt) March 18, 2021
Bruh PLEASE let Martinelli try?
– Martinelli_SZN (@ MartinelliSZN1) March 18, 2021
No Martinelli yet what’s going on ?????
– Emil Ericsson (@ emilericsson02) March 18, 2021
What does Martinelli need to do to get started? https://t.co/9TiwXXvbtZ
– ProjectPartey (@ProjectTeye) March 18, 2021
If Martinelli doesn’t get off the bench, we riot… .jk …… unless #COYG
– LT_AFC (@LT_AFC) March 18, 2021
Martinelli should have started?
– Passa ?? The (@Sakanellii) March 18, 2021
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.