After winning 1-0 away in Greece in the first leg, Arsenal will be aiming to complete the job when they face Olympiakos in the second leg of the Europa League last-32 tie at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.
Mikel Arteta’s men showed maturity and quality last week and deserved to take a lead back to north London.
With that and home advantage to double up, we feel it should be a comfortable night for the Gunners where they’ll look to add to their lead and go through.
However, Olympiakos are a good side going forward. They will surely get better compared to last week and give a better account of themselves on Thursday.
In terms of Arsenal team news, Sead Kolasinac picked up a serious shoulder injury against Everton and is out for a while.
Kieran Tierney is recovering well but still far away from being in the squad, while Calum Chambers is a long-term absentee.
That all being said, here’s how we think Arteta may line his XI up:
GK - Bernd Leno
Even though Emiliano Martinez has been the keeper in Europa League games this season, Arteta went with Leno in the first leg of this tie.
That should be the case in the return leg as well.
RB - Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Hector Bellerin might get a rest for this game, meaning a chance for Maitland-Niles to step in and do well at right-back.
CB - Shkodran Mustafi
Mustafi’s form has been top-notch in the past month or so.
He is probably one of the first names on the teamsheet these days.
CB - David Luiz
Luiz is another player who has been tremendous for Arsenal in the past month or so.
We think the Brazilian should be in the XI come Thursday.
LB - Bukayo Saka
Even though he was rested for the Everton game, Kolasinac’s injury meant Saka had to come off the bench and play almost 80 minutes of football on Sunday.
Now, with Arsenal still short on left-back options, the youngster looks set to fill in once again.
CM - Matteo Guendouzi
The young Frenchman came off the bench on Sunday and played really well.
Knowing that he started in the first leg, we can predict that the same could happen on Thursday.
CM - Granit Xhaka
Xhaka has been a changed player for the good since the arrival of Arteta.
He has been one of those irreplaceable players in the team now. So, it isn’t hard to predict that he is going to start the coming game.
RW - Nicolas Pepe
Pepe has been doing well, especially when it comes to providing the numbers in terms of goals and assists.
We think he should start on the right wing on Thursday, hoping to add to his goal tally.
CAM - Mesut Ozil
Ozil missed the first leg due to personal issues.
The German has been in good form and should start as a number 10 in this return leg.
LW - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The captain has been on fire and we think will once again lead the team out this Thursday, hoping to continue his remarkable form in front of goal.
ST - Alexandre Lacazette
Even after scoring the winner in Greece last week, Lacazette was dropped to the bench on Sunday against Everton.
We think the Frenchman will get his starting place back for the second leg of this tie though.