Arsene Wenger planning to rotate team for “must win” Champions League match with Olympiacos
Arsene Wenger is planning to rotate his Arsenal team for tonight’s Champions League Matchday 2 Group F match with Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium.
As he did in the Matchday 1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia Wenger is likely to start David Ospina in-goal instead of Petr Cech.
He may also start with Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs at full back rather than Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal.
With a further eye on the Super Sunday clash with Manchester United at the weekend, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to start in place of Aaron Ramsey.
If he does play tonight it would be Ramsey’s third match in six days.
With injury concerns over Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s central midfield options are reducing by the match.
Coquelin trained yesterday and is likely to play tonight.
Wenger confirmed though that Arteta and Flamini will both miss tonight’s match, but is hopeful both will return shortly.
When asked at his press conference yesterday whether it was a must-win match tonight, Wenger said: “Yes, you sum it up well. You have to win your home games if you want to qualify from the group stage, it is simple as that.
“We have an opponent… we cannot afford to drop points now against anyone at home.”