Olympiacos head coach Marco Silva says his side will go for victory even though they could lose 1-0 or 2-1 and still inflict Arsenal’s first group elimination since 1999/2000.
Having lost 3-2 at home to Olympiacos on match-day two, Arsenal have to better that result when the sides meet again in Piraeus to decide second place in Group F behind Bayern Munich.
“It is true that tomorrow we have the opportunity to knock out Arsenal. The fact that we [can afford not to win] will not have an impact on us. We don’t go into any game thinking we will lose. We want to win every match and that’s what we work for.
“I don’t care which players are missing for Arsenal. We used players for the first time when we went to the Emirates because we had injuries and used young players with no experience but they wanted to win. Why would this be any different for Arsenal? No matter who is playing, they will play to win. I don’t believe Arsenal underestimated us in the first match in London. I think that at this level all matches are quite difficult.” Silva told UEFA.com
The clubs are in the same group for the fourth time in seven seasons, having also been drawn together in 2009/10, 2011/12 and 2012/13. In each of those campaigns Olympiacos hosted Arsenal on matchday six.
Three years ago, Olympiacos came from behind in Piraeus after Tomáš Rosický had put the Gunners ahead, Giannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou scoring in the second half. Arsenal were already assured of finishing second in the group behind FC Schalke 04, while the Greek club were third.