Arsenal are beginning to show signs of rejuvenation under Mikel Arteta, and they’ll be out to continue their upward trajectory tonight against Olympiakos.
Sunday’s 3-2 win over Everton made it three wins on the spin for Arteta’s side, who hold a 1-0 lead ahead of this evening’s clash after a crucial away goal from Alexandre Lacazette seven days ago.
While a top-four finish in the Premier League isn’t out of the question, the Europa League remains a solid chance for Arsenal to secure Champions League football next term.
There’s still work to do for the Gunners, but they look to have turned a corner and go into tonight’s clash as 8/15 favourites to win in 90 minutes.
Arsenal are still unbeaten in 2020 – a 10-game run – and have fired in 10 goals in their last five matches in all competitions. It’s 13/5 for Arsenal to win and over 3.5 goals.
The ever-impressive Bukayo Saka is set to again deputise on the left-hand side, and Arsenal’s highest assist-provider this season will be a threat down the left flank.
Arteta has options up front, with each of Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah among the goals in recent games.
Mesut Ozil has only played 30 minutes of Europa League football this season, so expect two from Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira or Dani Ceballos to hold court in midfield.
For the visitors, Ruben Semedo is suspended, with Pape Cisse the likely man to come in at centre-back.
Olympiakos must score tonight or they’re out, and 33-year-old Youssef El-Arabi will lead the line, supplied by former Marseille and Lyon creator Mathieu Valbuena.
For Olympiakos, 15/2 says El Arabi sparks a nervous frenzy at the Emirates with the opening goal, while he’s 22/1 to really put the Gunners under the cosh with a brace or better.
Where: Emirates Stadium, London
When: 8:00pm, Thursday 27th February
How to watch: BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication