Olympiacos boss Marco Silva, third cousin-in-law on his father’s brother’s side of former Gunner Gilberto, has acknowledged his side are underdogs tonight, but says his team have qualities which can get them a result.
With both sides having lost their opening games, there’s pressure to get points on the board, and Silva believes that although Arsenal will be favourites, his team can spring a surprise.
“We never start the game thinking it is impossible to get a result, we never think that way,'” he said.
“We know it is a difficult game but it is a difficult competition. We know how big a team Arsenal are but we believe in our abilities. We are ready.
“Against Bayern we played well and we were competitive but the result didn’t reflect that. If you asked who would be the top two teams in the group, most would say Arsenal and Bayern, but football is not always like this; there is no rule that says all favourites win their games.
“Zagreb’s result against Arsenal has made things more difficult for us, though.”
He’s obviously expecting a response from Arsenal who warmed up for this one by scoring 5 against Leicester.
However, Arsenal’s defenders should take note that Olympiacos did exactly the same last weekend, hitting 5 past PAS Giannina in a 5-1 Greek Superleague win.