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Arsenal take fringe squad to face injury-plagued Olympiacos

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have the luxury of resting his senior players ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Everton, knowing that qualification for the Champions League last 16 has already been secured.

French tactician Wenger has stuck to his word by promising to ‘respect’ the competition after selecting a ‘strong’ 18-man squad against the Greek giants who still have a chance of qualifying for the last 16.

Midfield trio Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin are all included following impressive Carling Cup performances against Manchester City last week.

Tomas Rosicky returns from injury, while young defenders Nico Yennaris and Ignasi Miquel could also be involved in the clash at Karaiskakis Stadium.

Experienced players Thomas Vermaelen, Andre Santos and Andrey Arshavin make up an 18-man squad which should be more than capable of getting a positive result in Athens.

Meanwhile, Olympiacos are struggling with injuries ahead of Tuesday’s game. Ariel Ibagaza, David Fuster, Jean Makoun and Ljubomir Fejsa have been ruled out, while Francisco Yeste is also a doubt.

Squad to face Olympiacos:

Goalkeepers: Fabianski, Mannone.

Defenders: Miquel, Yennaris, Vermaelen, Santos, Squillaci, Djourou.

Midfielders: Benayoun, Coquelin, Eastmond, Frimpong, Ozyakup, Rosicky.

Forwards: Park, Chamakh, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin.

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Steven Coulter
Steven Coulter
9 years ago

If the play anything like they did against Man City then it will be a solid performance. 2-0 Arsenal 🙂

Gabriel Ronan
Gabriel Ronan
9 years ago

If Chamack doesn’t play, Arsenal may win in Greece

GoonerNelly86
GoonerNelly86
9 years ago

I think we will win. However, I don’t think its fair to consider this squad “weak”. Obviously, most of these guys aren’t in our first team but there’s a massive amount of talent heading to Greece. I’m pretty excited for the match!

Danish Gooner
Danish Gooner
9 years ago

A game of zero importance…..very rare !!!

Danish Gooner
Danish Gooner
9 years ago

Looks forward to seeing the OX in action.

Fortune Ugwu
Fortune Ugwu
9 years ago

Arsenal wil win no matter d squard we travel wit.

Dom Almond
Dom Almond
9 years ago

Why not take Miyachi!

Dee Brown
Dee Brown
9 years ago

Hitachi is injured mate!

goonerstoner
9 years ago

glad to see the young ones in action again need some of these lads to do well for when the african nations starts. oxlain-chambers to replace gervinho frimpong to replace song.

Simon Hewitt
Simon Hewitt
9 years ago

Just like to say after seeing Frimpong, i think Nasri is stupid for trying to argue with him, i wouldnt mess with him!
Love Frimpong!!!

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