Arsenal v Olympiacos Champions League LIVE stream

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Arsenal will be looking to get their 2015-16 UEFA Champions League campaign underway with victory at home to Olympiacos this evening.

The Gunners were surprisingly beaten at Dinamo Zagreb a fortnight ago and anything less than three points at the Emirates versus the Greek champions will be a big concern.

Alexis Sánchez netted a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Leicester City on Saturday as the team head into their Champions League group stage game in good form up front.

Here is the Arsenal team we think will face Olympiacos:

Goalkeeper: Petr Čech
Two goals conceded in back-to-back Premier League games, Petr Čech will be looking to get back to keeping clean sheets as early as this evening’s game.

Defence: Héctor Bellerín, Gabriel Paulista, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal
This is Arsène Wenger’s back four these days with Brazilian Gabriel replacing Per Mertesacker in the centre of the defence.  Olympiacos are quite a narrow team so the Arsenal full-backs should have freedom bombing forward in a game that the hosts are expected to take charge of.

Midfield: Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez
The most interesting battle for a place in the Arsenal first team this season has been on the right wing with Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain battling it out.  Arsenal may need to use the width of the pitch this evening to stretch the narrow Olympiacos side out.  In that case, the Englishman should start.  Alexis Sánchez is coming off a hat-trick at the weekend.

Striker: Theo Walcott
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have rotated this season but we’re going with the pace up front to cause the Greek side some problems at the back.  If that doesn’t work out, then Olivier Giroud can always be brought on from the subs bench.

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Arsenal face arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur tonight in the Capital One Cup game at White Hart Lane.

Despite losing two games in a row, manager Arsene Wenger has named his second string squad against the Spurs.

Colombian international David Ospia returns to the starting XI and replaces summer signing Petr Cech. French right back Debuchy replaces Spanish international Hector Bellerin.

German center half Per Mertesacker missed the last few games for the Gunners but today he starts in the central defense with Calum Chambers. Gibbs has replaced Nacho Monreal in the left back position.

Mikel Arteta and Flamini start in the central midfield for Arsenal. Cazorla is suspended and Coquelin is out due to injury.

Chamberlain, Ramsey and Campbell start in the attacking midfield behind star striker Olivier Giroud. Here is Arsenal’s confirmed starting XI formation vs Tottenham.

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‘Wenger’s hurting Arsenal by not starting Walcott’

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has questioned the Gunners boss over his decision to start with Olivier Giroud in place of the England forward

Former Manchester United and England centre-back Rio Ferdinand has criticised Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave Theo Walcott on the bench against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

The England forward was left out of the starting XI as the Gunners boss rang the changes in Croatia for the Champions League group stage opener, with Olivier Giroud, who was preferred in attack to Walcott, sent off after only 40 minutes.

Walcott was eventually introduced as a second-half substitute and scored as Arsenal fell to a 2-1 defeat and Ferdinand believes that Wenger made the wrong call in not opting to feature the 26-year-old from the start.

He told BT Sport: “They’ve got to give Theo a chance [up front]. He’s been there all these years, he’s mooted about wanting to be a centre forward. I think Wenger is hurting Arsenal by not giving him a sustained period playing up front.

“Give him a chance to prove himself, if he can’t do it then go out and buy someone.”

Gunners legend Ian Wright added: “I would’ve started Walcott just because he played against Stoke, scored a very good goal. Came on tonight again and scored a very good goal. He’s got the momentum.

“At the moment Giroud doesn’t seem to be in the right place. Booed off for France the other week. It’s just not quite happening for him. It’s Theo’s time. Arsenal have to find a way to play to Theo’s strengths.”

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Arsenal to rotate heavily in Zagreb with Chelsea in mind?

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Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal 2006



This is a big week for Arsenal and it could hardly have got off to a better start, with a dominant performance against Stoke that will surely have restored a lot of confidence and optimism to the players and fans. But there are still two big games to play.

First up is the Champions League opener, away to Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night and then what could turn out to be a crucial away game against last season´s Premier League champions Chelsea. With the domestic title being our clear priority, the game at Stamford Bridge is obviously the most important and with the timing of the fixtures, we might have to rest a few key players in midweek because the Chelsea game kicks off at 12.45 on Saturday, giving the players just two days in between games and a long flight.

Arsene Wenger has a big decision to make as he will also be determined to get off to a winning start in Europe but there are good reasons for him to risk a second string Arsenal side in Zagreb. For one thing, an Arsenal win over Chelsea would keep us right in the title race, boost morale but also wreck Chelsea and Mourinho´s and effectively end their quest to retain the title, so it is definitely worth the risk.

Also, the Gunners squad now has great strength in depth and you would think that we could still beat our Croatian opponents. Look at this second string team that Wenger could field.

Debuchy, Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs
Arteta, Flamini
Chamberlain, Alexis, Campbell

I have included Alexis because he is like a duracell bunny and can keep going at full tilt with no problem and Wenger could select another few key players to increase the quality as well, such as Ozil and Walcott. So Gooners, do you think Arsenal should prepare for Wednesday with Chelsea firmly in mind?

Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal

Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal

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GNK Dinamo Zagreb return to the group stage for the first time since 2012 and welcome Arsenal FC seeking to end a 15-game winless run in the competition proper.

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GNK Dinamo Zagreb return to the UEFA Champions League group stage after an absence of two seasons with a home game against Arsenal FC, who are in their 18th successive campaign.

Previous meetings
• Dinamo were beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Arsenal in the 2006/07 third qualifying round, losing 3-0 at home and 2-1 away.

• The teams in Zagreb on 8 August 2006 were:
Dinamo: Turina, Buljat (Vukojević 90), Nowotny, Ćorluka, Čale (Carlos 90), Cvitanović, Modrić, Mamić(coach now), Etto, Eduardo, Vugrinec (Agić 27).
Arsenal: Almunia, Eboué, K Touré, Djourou, Hoyte (Flamini 80), Hleb, Fàbregas, Gilberto Silva, Rosický (Flamini 82), Adebayor (Aliadière 82), Van Persie.

Match background

• The Croatian champions have never previously qualified from the group stage in their four previous attempts – 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2011/12 and 2012/13.

• In fact in all ten previous UEFA club competition group stages – six in the UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup – Dinamo have yet to make it through to the next phase.

• They began in 2012/13 with a 2-0 home defeat against FC Porto and continued to lose every game without scoring until matchday six when they drew 1-1 at home to FC Dynamo Kyiv.

• They have scored only four goals in their last 12 UEFA Champions League group fixtures and have not won since matchday three in 1999/2000 – 3-0 at home to SK Sturm Graz – a run of 15 games with only two draws.

• The Zagreb team qualified after a 4-1 home win (6-2 on aggregate) in the play-offs against KF Skënderbeu.

• In third qualifying round they were held 1-1 at home by both CS Fola Escah in the second qualifying round (4-1 aggregate) and Molde FK (4-4 aggregate, Dinamo win on away goals) in the third qualifying round.

• Dinamo have lost the last three home games with English visitors, have lost all the last six home and away, and have yet to win against Premier League opponents, drawing twice and losing seven times.

• This is the Gunners’ 18th successive group stage campaign. Last term they reached the round of 16 for the 15th time in a row but again deparated at that stage – as in the previous four campaigns.

• Arsenal began 2014/15 with a 2-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, the first time they had lost in 11 matchday one fixtures (winning eight). Wins in their other two group away games, they finished second in Group G with 13 points, the same as Dortmund.

• A 3-1 home defeat by AS Monaco FC put them on the back foot in the round of 16, a 2-0 away victory not enough to keep them in the competition.

• Play-offs included, Arsène Wenger’s side have won seven and lost only two of their last 11 away fixtures in the UEFA Champions League.

• Arsenal also faced HNK Hajduk Split in the 1978/79 UEFA Cup second round, losing 2-1 in Split but winning 1-0 at home.

Coach and player links
• Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick in England’s 4-1 victory over Croatia in this stadium in a FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifier on 10 September 2008.

• Tomáš Rosický scored for the Czech Republic in a 4-2 defeat in Croatia in a friendly match staged in Pula on 9 February 2011.

• Alexis Sánchez and Ángelo Henríquez are team-mates with Chile.

Match facts

Dinamo Zagreb
• The Croatian champions are 40 matches unbeaten in all competitions since succumbing 1-0 to FC Astra Giurgiu in the UEFA Europa League group stage on 27 November 2014.*

• Dinamo have not lost in the league since a 2-1 reverse at NK Istra 1961 on 10 May 2014. Last season they became the first team to go through a Prva Liga campaign unbeaten.*

• El Arbi Hilal Soudani has scored six goals in his last five appearances for club and country.*

• Soudani is the joint top marksman in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying with four goals after registering twice in the Desert Foxes’ 3-1 victory away to Lesotho on 6 September.

• Marko Pjaca made his competitive debut for Croatia in the 0-0 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw against Azerbaijan.

• Arsenal have profited from decisive own goals in both of their league victories this season – 2-1 at Crystal Palace FC on 16 August and 1-0 away to Newcastle United FC 13 days later.*

• The Gunners have failed to score in both of their home league fixtures this term.*

• Jack Wilshere was ruled out for six to eight weeks after sustaining a hairline fracture to his right ankle in training on 1 August.

• Danny Welbeck, who has not played since 26 April because of a knee injury, had an operation on 3 September and is expected to be sidelined until December.

• Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started England’s 6-0 victory over San Marino on 5 September – a win that confirmed their place at UEFA EURO 2016 – and the 2-0 triumph over Switzerland three days later. Theo Walcott scored twice in the former fixture after coming on midway through the second half.

• Petr Čech featured for the Czech Republic as they qualified for next summer’s finals by defeating Latvia 2-1 in Riga on 6 September.

• Alexis Sánchez started every game of Chile’s triumphant Copa América campaign on home soil in June and July, scoring once.

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