Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has issued a rallying call to the side ahead of tomorrow’s game against Greek side Olympiacos (via Arsenal.com). The Gunners head into the final group stage match knowing that defeat would mean elimination from the Champions League, something that we have avoided for 15 seasons. However, thanks to a poor start to the campaign which saw us lose our opening two games, Arsenal need to win by at least two goals tomorrow at the Karaiskakis Stadium (with a few other permutations acceptable).
Our previous encounter with Olympiacos ended in a 3-2 defeat at home thanks to some defensive shambles, which included David Ospina dropping the ball into the net and the entire team falling asleep and letting the opposition score from kickoff. This time around, the players are sure to be much better prepared to handle the Greek side, although the injuries have dented our midfield severely.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Ozil acknowledged the difficulty of the upcoming game, saying, “It will be very, very hard. Olympiacos can play good football and we saw that at the Emirates. They want to play on the counter-attack but we can’t concede goals like we did before again.
“The fans will be behind them and our goal has to be to beat them. I have played in Greece before. I know that there will be a very good atmosphere, the fans are crazy and they really support their team right through the full 90 minutes.
“We have to be focused on the game, we have to give a really good performance. It is possible to win there with two goals in our favour and that’s what we want to do. We have to really give everything so that we can achieve this and get through to the next round.”
The German World Cup winner has been the man in form for Arsenal this season, leading the Premier League assist charts and also netting twice so far. He is sure to be the critical player tomorrow as well, and the rest of the team’s job is basically to ensure that he gets the time and space to work his magic against what will definitely be an ultra-defensive setup. Let’s hope for a convincing win from the boys tomorrow.