Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that his team has to go at Olympiacos on Wednesday to secure a place in the Champions League knockout stages.
Arsenal must beat Olympiacos on the road in order to advance from Group F. The Gunners must either beat the Greek champions 2-0 or win by a one-goal margin while scoring three or more goals. Arsenal has reached the knockout stages in 15 consecutive seasons, and Wenger admitted that the record means a lot to him.
“Personally the record means a lot because it’s important for the club and for the players,” Wenger told arsenal.com. “I want to win and I want to qualify. For me our job is to win the next game, and do what is requested.
“There is one positive thing for us – we know exactly what we have to do. We know that we have to go for it from the start. So let’s do that and hopefully we can get through. We know what is expected and we have studied Olympiacos.
“We changed the team completely [against Sunderland] because we’ve lost the core in midfield of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin in the past two weeks, and we had to find a new balance. We were a bit insecure as well because we had not won last week. I believe [Olympiacos] is a different game psychologically, it’s clear, we just have to go for it.”
Olympiacos won the first meeting 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium back in late September.