Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez both appear to be in positive mood ahead of our clash with Olympiacos this Wednesday, despite the fact the Chilean is at home nursing an injury. The German playmaker is confident of our ability to progress to the last 16 of the Champions League, while Alexis is delighted after being awarded the Football Supporter’s Federation’s Player of the Year award.
Özil has been phenomenal this season, and it’s hard to argue that he’s currently the best No.10 in football. He’s been orchestrating games, assisting with regularity, and getting himself on the scoresheet on occasion as well.
He knows it’s going to be difficult to get the result we need against the Greek side this Wednesday, but is fully focused on doing what it takes to progress.
“We have to be focused on the game, we have to give a really good performance,” Özil said (via the Mirror).
“If we score an early goal, I’m confident that we can win this game and go through. I hope that I can help the team with a good performance on the night.
“We know that 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. We have to also be careful in defence that we don’t concede a goal.”
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We can’t afford to take Olympiacos lightly, as failure to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League is unthinkable. Dropping down to the Europa League could be a disaster, so we need to do everything we can to secure the victory.
Alexis Sanchez took to social media to deliver his message, thanking the FSF for his award, as well as his teammates for helping him secure it.
“Thanks to the Football Supporters’ Federation for voting me Player of the Year 2015,” he wrote on his Instagram account.
“And thanks to all my team mates, without you it would be impossible. Let’s go Gunners!!!”
It would be fantastic if we had Alexis available this Wednesday, but we’re likely to be without him for quite some time unfortunately. We’ll just have to make do with Mesut Özil, not the worst player to be relying on.
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We’ve got a number of injuries to contend with, but still have a squad more than capable of getting the victory over Olympiacos.