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P.J. Murray 27th Sep 2011 - 16:35

Arsenal should avoid a Greek Tragedy

Arsene Wenger has said that he would like another 14 years at Arsenal, if he doesn't salvage something from this season he may not get another 14 months.

But the Champions League may offer a slight reprieve as they host Greek Champions Olympakios.

Back-to-back wins over the mighty Shrewsbury and Bolton may have halted the slide, but they are hardly wins to signal a complete upturn in form. Olympiakos may provide another easy win as the Greeks are notoriously bad travellers in Europe, they have never taken a single point in England and have only ever scored one goal.

Wenger will be cursing his luck as he will be without the injured, Yossi Benayoun, Johan Djourou, Abou Diaby, Thomas Vermaelen, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshire, Gervinho, and Koscielny for the game. However the loss of Koscielny may actually be a blessing in disguise.

Arsenal (2/5) opened their account with a 1-1 draw away to Dortmund, only a sensational strike from Ivan Perisic denied the Gunners all three points. Olympiakos (7/1) suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to French side Marseille.

Robin Van Persie has played down any talk of a new contract as the star midfielder is probably waiting to see how things develop. But he will be the key to the Arsenal attack as his goal in Dormund proved. The majestic midfielder has scored eight goals in his last 10 Champions League games at the Emirates is 10/3 to score first and you can back him at just about odds on at 4/5 to score anytime.

Marouane Chamakh has only scored once so far this season and if the Moroccan really wants to impress then he will need to up his game and bag a goal. He is 7/4 to score at any stage.

Serb Marko Pantelic has scored 10 goals in his 21 appearances for the Greek side since he signed late last year. He is 12/1 to score first and 5/1 to score at any stage of the game.

Arsenal will want to get ahead early and will look to open the scoring as quick as possible and a double result of Arsenal/Arsenal at even money could be worth a pop.

Olympiakos' terrible record in England will not stop at Arsenal and i would fancy that Wenger's side could really put them to the sword, so i would opt for Arsenal -2 goals at 16/5 for a real value punt.


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