Arsenal Team News at Olympiacos (Europa League): Chambers, Soares, Nelson

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While Arsenal are having one of the most disappointing seasons, domestically that they have seen in quite some time, their European form has been most spectacular. The only plausible route back to Champions League for the Gunners this season is through winning the UEFA Europa League title, so they will be highly motivated when they travel to Greece to take on Olympiacos in midweek.

Heading into the road leg of their round of 32 tie, Mikel Arteta’s squad has several fitness concerns. Defenders ?Calum Chambers (knee) and Kieran Tierney (shoulder) remain long-term injury absentees. Elsewhere new January transfer window addition Cedric Soares, still recovering from a knee problem, is another unavailable player in the back line.

Elsewhere, Reiss Nelson is a doubt for this one having missed the win over Newcastle United due to a hamstring problem.

Meanwhile for Olympiacos, the only major fitness concern is winger El Arbi Hillal Soudani, who is dealing with a knee injury. Basically, the powerhouse of Greece has a fully fit side for this one.

Arsenal FC at Olympiacos UEL Round of 32, Leg 1/2 FYIs

Arsenal Starting XI Prediction: go to this link

February 20, 8pm, Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis

TV/Streaming: BT Sport 2

Form Guide: Arsenal   WDWDD    Olympiacos  WWWDW

Odds via Bet 365: Arsenal FC win 11/8, Draw 5/2,  Olympiacos win 15/8

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Prediction: Arsenal 3, Olympiacos 2

While the hosts have a more fit and fresh squad, Arsenal’s talent advantage will be too much here.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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