By Nik Brumsack

Olympiacos goalkeeper Roy Carroll admits his team face a big task against Arsenal, but insists they have come to win.

The Greek champions have dominated domestic football of late, winning the Greek Super League seven times in the last eight years.

But they started this season’s Champions League campaign with a home defeat to Schalke - which Carroll believes makes Wednesday’s game even more crucial for his side.

“We know what we can do. We did it last year. We lost our first game and bounced back - hopefully we can do that this year,” he said.

“We have to go into these games to win. We have to come here and not lose the game.

“It’s a big task coming to Arsenal but we know we’ve got good young talent and experience as well. It’s a good mixture and hopefully we can pull it off.”

Balasz Megyeri was picked in goal against Schalke, though Carroll has been first choice in the Greek Super League. And while the ex-Manchester United goalkeeper would relish starting Wednesday’s game, he is just pleased to be at Olympiacos.

“It’s fantastic for me to come back and play in the Champions League. It’s been a long time,” he said.

“I’m much more relaxed now and living in Greece has been fantastic for me and my family. I’m just looking forward to playing and enjoying my football.

“If I play, I play. If I don’t, I’m here to back the players. We’re here as a team and we’re going to work as a team.”

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3 Oct 2012