Mesut Özil has been in breathtaking form as of late and his quality was on display once again against Sunderland this past Saturday afternoon. He’s now fully focused on Olympiacos though, and has issued a rallying cry ahead of our crunch Champions League fixture this week, as reported by the Express.
It’s an all or nothing game for us this Wednesday, as anything less than a stellar performance will see us dumped out of the Champions League and into the Europa League.
We can’t afford to let our guard down for even a moment against the Greek side, as conceding will make things oh so much harder. We need to beat them by two clear goals – so 2-0 or 3-1 – or by one goal with a scoreline of 3-2 or higher in order to qualify, and they will no doubt be doing their best to lock up shop.
Getting the win required certainly won’t be easy, but it’s definitely not out of the question. If we can beat Bayern Munich 2-0 then we can definitely do the same to Olympiacos.
Özil knows it’s going to be difficult, but is confident we can progress to the last 16.
“It will be very hard. Olympiakos can play good football and we saw that at The Emirates,” he said.
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“We can go there and win by two goals if we give everything, but we can’t concede goals like we did before.
“We have to be good in defence. If they score a goal then we have to score three goals, but we know that we can score.
“We know we have a lot of quality up front, but our goal is to go into half-time ahead and then we will know that everything is possible.”
The playmaker has been key to our season so far, and will no doubt continue to be so as the campaign goes on. He’s been involved in a huge number of goals, not only assisting but scoring as well. He’s in the form of his life, and we’re really reaping the rewards.
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Arsenal fans were at one point hoping we lost to Dinamo Zagreb, finished bottom of the group, and crashed out of Europe altogether. That is no longer an option though, and dropping down to Europa League could be disastrous. Hopefully Özil’s words stir something in the dressing room, and we go all out to get the dominant win we need against Olympiacos.