Olivier Giroud has called on Arsenal’s weakened squad to give everything against Olympiacos tonight as they seek qualification to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
We all know the permutations at this point, any win other than 1-0 or 2-1 will see the Gunners through, and the French striker says that anything less than their best won’t be enough tonight.
“We’ll have to be at 100 percent because 95 percent won’t be sufficient,” he told L’Equipe. ”
It’s a group that was in our range and we put ourselves in difficulty by losing our first two matches, now we have the chance to show our mental strength.
“We must have 40 percent of our team missing,” he continued, “but we have a more well-equipped squad than in previous years.
“The guys who have replaced them did the job at the weekend, like Joel Campbell. We know that we have the quality to impose ourselves there.”
Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil says it’s up to the Arsenal players to silence what is likely to be a feisty home crowd.
“The fans will be behind them and our goal has to be to beat them,” he said. “I have played in Greece before. I know that there will be a very good atmosphere, the fans are crazy and they really support their team right through the full 90 minutes.
“We have to be focused on the game, we have to give a really good performance. It is possible to win there with two goals in our favour and that’s what we want to do.
“We have to really give everything so that we can achieve this and get through to the next round.”