Robin van Persie admits it would be foolish to take Olympiacos lightly when they visit Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

Van Persie will captain the Gunners in their second Group F clash as they look to build on the solid point picked up in Dortmund two weeks ago.

The Dutch striker is well aware of Olympiacos’ dominance in Greece and insists Arsenal will be completely focused when the teams meet.

“We know that tonight’s match will be a very difficult challenge,” Van Persie told the Official Matchday Programme. “I was looking at their record and they have been champions in Greece 13 of the last 15 years.

“That’s pretty amazing and they will provide a really tough challenge, just like they did a couple of years ago.”

Van Persie has already hit two goals in the competition so far this season - against Udinese and Borussia Dortmund. The Dutch international will have to get past former Aston Villa man Olof Mellberg if he wants to add to his tally and he remembers the defender well.

“Since we last played them, their team has changed a lot and we must make sure we are focused because you don’t win the Greek league nowadays without being a good team,” he said.

“One player who remains is Olof Mellberg who I have known for a long time. He has his own bit of history here at Emirates, scoring in the first ever [Premier League] match.

“I prefer to remember Gilberto getting the equaliser, though!”

You can read Robin’s programme notes in tonight’s Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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28 Sep 2011