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Arsenal already have one foot in the last 16 of the Europa League ahead of their last 32 second leg meeting with Greek club Olympiacos at home.
The Gunners have done the bulk of the job in the first leg which ended in a 1-0 win courtesy the strike from Alexandre Lacazette in the last ten minutes of the game.
Arsenal need to avoid defeat in the second leg to join Rangers in the last 16 of the Europa League for this season.
The first leg saw the Gunners become only the second team to beat Olympiacos at home this season after German champions Bayern Munich.
Arsenal have been much improved under new manager Mikel Arteta who has spent just two months in the role. Under his watch, Arsenal have won the last three games in all competitions.
The run started with the 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United at home before the aforementioned first leg clash at the home of Olympiacos ended in another victory.
Arteta and Arsenal made it three wins in the space of a week following the hard fought victory over Everton at home. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as the Gunners came from behind to beat the Toffees 3-2 at home.
Those wins have put the Gunners on the right track as they try to achieve their objective for the season. Arsenal want Champions League football for next season plus at least one trophy.
For the Olympiacos game at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal manager Arteta is not expected to make wholesale changes though Sead Kolasinac is expected to miss the game after his shoulder injury from the Everton game. Bukayo Saka came on for him during that game and he’s expected to deputise for him again for the clash with the Greek club.
Arsenal XI vs Olympiacos: Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Shkrodan Mustafi, Bukayo Saka; Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil; Gabriel Martinelli, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.