Arsenal will attempt to put their weekend defeat to Chelsea behind them when they host Greek club Olympiakos at the Emirates Stadium for their second Champions League match of the season.
The Gunners lost 2-1 to the Blues on Saturday in their first defeat of the Premier League season, but have an opportunity to continue their unbeaten record in Europe after winning 2-1 against French side Montpellier in the opening Champions League match of the season two weeks ago.
The key for Arsenal will be to play solid defense because Olympiakos are an experienced Champions League team with a lot of quality in midfield.
Arsene Wenger's defense was poor at times versus Chelsea, but Olympiakos don't have the attacking quality that the Blues do. However, Arsenal cannot afford to have a bad start and allow the first goal, because Olympiakos are a disciplined team who protect a lead well.
Arsenal needs a strong performance from several players in this match, especially striker Olivier Giroud, who should see the pitch on Wednesday as a starter or second-half substitute. The Frenchman had another lackluster performance versus Chelsea, and has yet to score in league play. However, a goal in the Champions League could be what he needs to turn his season around.
This will be a tough match for Arsenal, not just because Olympiakos are a talented squad, but also because the Greek club lost their first Champions League match of the year 2-1 to Schalke 04, and cannot afford to suffer another defeat in their quest to reach the knockout stage of the competition.
The Gunners will get Olympiakos' best effort on Wednesday, but the English club should win because of their attacking depth and quality in midfield.
Let's look at all you need to know so you can watch every minute of this match.
When: Wednesday, October 3 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Watch: Fox Sports Net, Sky Sports 4/HD
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go
Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England
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