Arsenal takes on Greek side Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday, and manager Arsene Wenger sees it as a must-win game.
The Gunners lost in the opening group stage game against Dinamo Zagreb, and Wenger was asked in the pre-game press conference is the game against Olympiacos is a “must-win” game.
“Yes, you sum it up well,” Wenger said. “You have to win your home games if you want to qualify from the group stage, it is simple as that. We cannot afford to drop points now against anyone at home.”
He was also asked if the approach changes playing at home compared to on the road.
“It is not much different,” Wenger said. “What changes more is the attitude of our opponent. We always try to play and go forward. At home we face maybe a different kind of problem, teams regroup in front of their box and you need to be penetrative with your passing, with your movement, and clinical with your finishing.”
Wenger also spoke about the first game against Dinamo Zagreb and if he took any lessons away from the loss.
“I don’t believe it is down to selection at all, I believe that the 20 players I have available can play in every single game,” Wenger said. “I close my eyes, just take a position and I am confident we have a very strong team. On the day [at Zagreb], basically the same team played at Tottenham and won in the League Cup in a game that was much more physical, so I believe it was just on the night that we didn’t play well.”
Wenger was also asked if the game against Manchester United on Sunday will play any part in his team selection against Olympiakos.
“The game will not interfere with that at all. It is more the games we played before that could have an influence. Some players had two tough games at Tottenham and at Leicester, where they were a high level physically. I will have to analyze that today and make my decisions.”