By Joe Brewin   

Olympiacos manager Ernesto Valverde is adamant that his side will not come to Emirates Stadium as pushovers.

The Greek outfit have won both of their opening fixtures in their domestic league, most recently claiming victory against Ergotelis on Saturday.

Olympiacos may be heading into the match as the bookmakers’ underdogs but Valverde believes his side can get a positive result if they stick to their guns.

“Every time we have clubs playing against each other the one that will win is the one which imposes its own style of play and who will do it better,” the Spaniard said. “Usually the team that has to change its style for the other is the one that will lose.

“We have to face an opponent who is probably one of the toughest we could find ourselves against. They are a great team, we know that we are the underdogs but we are here to give a good impression and why not take something out of this game.”

Valverde acknowledged that the Gunners may have several key players missing for the Group F clash but insists it matters little when their squad is so deep.

“I want to acknowledge that we recognise the high calibre of our opponents,” he said. “It does not matter if Arsenal have one, two, three, four or five players missing, it is the same for us.

“Arsenal is a great club, they have a lot of players that can replace the ones that will not play.

“Certainly we know that some of their most important players will not be available for the match, but we are here to face Arsenal as a team and not 11 individual players.”

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27 Sep 2011