Olympiacos v Arsenal live stream, BT Sport, Thursday 11 March, 8pm GMT
Arsenal will be looking to secure a first-leg advantage as they begin their Europa League last-16 tie with Olympiacos on Thursday.
The Gunners have become regulars in this competition in recent years and will hope to reach the final as they did under Unai Emery in 2018/19. They did not do things the easy way in the round of 32, but overcoming Benfica was no mean feat and their dramatic 4-3 aggregate victory over the Portuguese giants will give Arsenal confidence going forward. Mikel Arteta knows that his own job prospects could depend on how well his team performs in this tournament, with Olympiacos representing tricky opposition.
The Greek side booked their place in the last 16 with a 5-4 aggregate victory over PSV Eindhoven. Olympiacos were in Manchester City’s Champions League group before Christmas, but a third-place finish saw them drop into Europe’s secondary club competition. The Greek Super League leaders have only lost two games at home this term, so this could be a tough game for the Gunners.
Arsenal will need to assess Emile Smith Rowe ahead of the match, with the youngster having complained of discomfort in his hip last week. His is the only injury issue for Arteta to deal with, which is pleasing for the Spaniard as the business end of the season approaches.
With Arsenal languishing in mid-table in the Premier League, the Europa League represents their best chance of securing a place in next season’s edition of the Champions League. As such, Arteta may soon begin to rest his key players in domestic games with an eye on continental competition.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has rediscovered his scoring touch and will start up front, with Bukayo Saka providing support from one flank. Willian and Nicolas Pepe are competing for the remaining berth on the other wing, while Martin Odegaard looks set to get the nod at No.10 with Smith Rowe nursing a slight injury. Granit Xhaka looks set to keep his place in the centre of the park despite his error in Saturday's draw with Burnley.
Kick-off is at 8pm GMT and the game is being shown on BT Sport 2 in the UK. See below for watching details where you are.
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