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Arsenal took on Olympaicos in the Champions League on Wednesday and our Talking Heads for this game were Nigel Winterburn and Andrew Mangan of Arseblog.
NIGEL WINTERBURN, CO-COMMENTATOR
It was a good win for Arsenal, but in terms of performance it wasn't the best. But when you come off after a game like that you need to make sure you have won, and Arsenal have done that. It was frustrating at times because Olympiacos were organised defensively and got a lot of men back behind the ball. We didn't really move the ball with great authority - but having said that, we now have six points on the board and that puts us in a really strong position. I thought Kieran Gibbs did well again, Carl Jenkinson did well and Gervinho obviously scored another goal. But on this performance, I am sure they will all look at it and say that individually and collectively they can do better.
I think it will be a technical game. Arsenal have started well, aside from the match against Chelsea, while Olympiacos are top of their league. Technically they’re very good but over the last few seasons Arsenal have played them twice at home and won both, though both games have been quite tight. If Arsenal play at a high tempo, I think that will really test Olympiacos and I fancy them quite strongly. If they can get an early goal then it could be a comfortable night.
Arsenal were far from their best on Saturday, but Chelsea created very little. The frustrating thing will be the two goals they conceded. It just wasn’t good enough at the highest level. This match against Olympiacos will be a great test now - good teams bounce back very quickly. This current squad are up to the task and I think it will end up either 3-0 or 3-1 to Arsenal. I’m confident they will win, but you’ve got to earn the right to win.
ANDREW MANGAN, ARSEBLOG
Arsenal, and stand-in manager Steve Bould, will have found the first half more difficult than they would have liked. Olympiacos set up to frustrate us and we didn't do ourselves any favours with some uncharacteristic sloppiness in possession. We could have been behind when they contrived to miss an absolute sitter but Gervinho's goal should have seen us go in ahead at the break. Instead we paid for our carelessness and conceded almost straight away. Bould must have had plenty to say at the break because Arsenal were much better in the second half. Podolski's goal owed much to the industry of Gervinho and, although Ramsey's fantastic finish came very, very late, we always looked more likely to score again than to concede. Overall it was a good win which puts us in control of our group and will help restore confidence after the Chelsea game. With a tricky trip to West Ham coming up on Saturday it's good to get back to winning ways.
After the disappointment of Saturday's game against Chelsea, the Champions League provides a good chance to get back on track and build confidence ahead of a tricky away trip to West Ham this weekend. Arsène Wenger will be looking for more solidity from his defence but also more from those tasked with scoring the goals we'll need to win the game. We missed decent chances last weekend and we have to be more clinical against Olympiacos.
I suspect the schedule might also play on his mind when it comes to team selection. Playing again on Saturday might give him pause for thought so maybe there'll be a touch more rotation than the changes enforced by the injury to Abou Diaby and the potential absence of Mikel Arteta. All in all I feel this is a game we should win against familiar opponents, this being the third year in the last four we've drawn them in the group stages. Last season goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andre Santos secured the three points, I'd take the same again.
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