Former Arsenal striker turned pundit Kevin Campbell has predicted Arsenal’s starting lineup against Olympiacos ahead of the game in Greece tonight.
The Gunners go into the game in search of revenge after what happened last year. Olympiacos humiliated us in our own backyard last time around, and nothing but a win tonight and next week will be acceptable.
Mikel Arteta will have to get his team spot on. The Arsenal boss has a lot of decisions to make in various areas of the pitch, but none more controversial than at right full-back.
Hector Bellerin was dropped for the games against Leicester City and Burnley after his poor showing against Benfica in our last Europa League fixture.
Cedric Soares played against the Foxes and although his stats looked terrible after the game (read here), he passed the eye test. Many expected him to keep his place against Burnley, but Arteta surprised everyone by picking Calum Chambers.
The Englishman had a very good game on Saturday. He did fairly well offensively and his defensive display was solid as well.
It will be interesting to see who Arteta picks at right-back for the game tonight. Campbell, who is very vocal about Arsenal, has predicted that it will be Bellerin who will get the nod for the first time this month.
Here’s how Campbell thinks Arsenal will line up against Olympiacos tonight: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Pepe, Odegaard, Saka, Aubameyang. (Highbury Squad)
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Whatever call Arteta makes at right-back, he will annoy a few people.
Starting Chambers to add an extra body inside the box in set-piece situations makes a lot of sense, while the balance Cedric provides between attack and defence can’t be ignored either.
However, if Arteta gives Bellerin the nod, it will likely be due to the Spaniard’s European experience. The Arsenal boss knows the full-back ever since he was a teenager with the youth teams.
Arteta labelled him as a ‘very brave’ player (TalkSport) when Bellerin was coming through the ranks, and that courage could well be the reason why he starts ahead of Cedric and Chambers in Greece tonight.