Arsenal have won three games on the bounce in all competitions for the first time since September after a good 3-2 victory against Everton on Sunday, and will be confident ahead of their Europa League clash against Greek club Olympiacos on Thursday night.
Mikel Arteta’s side have a 1-0 lead following their strong away win, and are in the driver’s seat in the tie.
The north London side are also undefeated in their last 10 games in all competitions, and they are expected to win this match and progress to the round of 16 stage of the competition.
Early Arsenal Team News
Calum Chambers is out for the season, while Kieran Tierney is only just getting back from his injury, so both of them won’t be in the Gunners squad for the Europa League game.
January signing Cedric Soares is also not ready for action and now Sead Kolasinac has joined him on the sidelines after injuring himself in the win against Everton. Pablo Mari could once again make the squad but may not be thrust into action right now.
Let’s take a look at the possible starting lineup for the game against Olympiacos:
Predicted Arsenal Lineup vs Olympiacos
Bernd Leno started for the first time in the Europa League last time, and he could once again play in goal.
Shkodran Mustafi has been a constant fixture for the Gunners in the Europa League this season, and he will continue at the back, possibly alongside Sokratis.
David Luiz may be rested for this game. Kolasinac and Tierney’s injuries mean that Bukayo Saka will continue at left-back, while Hector Bellerin could keep his place at right-back.
Granit Xhaka will most likely keep his place in midfield and play alongside Lucas Torreira. Mattéo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos are other options for Arteta in the middle of the park.
Mesut Ozil has not played much in the Europa League, and he could be rested with Ceballos or Joe Willock playing in the No. 10 role.
Alexandre Lacazette was dropped for the Everton game, but the Frenchman could return for the Europa League game. Gabriel Martinelli and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could play on the flanks for the Gunners.