Wenger calls on Arsenal to embrace ‘fear factor’ at Olympiacos

Date published: Tuesday 8th December 2015 5:46

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal need to embrace the tension in their do-or-die encounter with Olympiacos in the Champions League.

Arsenal travel to Olympiacos – where they have been beaten on their previous three visits – knowing they need to win by two goals to qualify for the knockout stages.

Such a result would see the Greek champions – who are currently second in Group F – have to settle for a Europa League spot, and Wenger admits his side need to make their opponents nervous.

“Let’s not forget Olympiacos are qualified at the moment but they can lose what they have. That can create a fear factor,” he said.

“We have a history of positive results, we have won everywhere in Europe and we know we can do it. We just want to focus on a top quality performance.

“If you want to jump over a hurdle, you do not think what happens if you miss it.”

The situation is not too dissimilar to the situation last season, when the North Londoners traveled to Monaco in the round of 16 needing to score at least three goals.

Arsenal won the tie 2-0 but were eliminated on away goals, but Wenger says his players can draw on that experience.

“We can learn from that. The game we played was very positive, maybe we rushed it in the last ten minutes. That’s what we can learn,” the Frenchman said.

“I believed we played quite well in that game.

“It is important that we focus on the performance and the goals will come. When the goal will come, I do not know. But when we play well we have a chance to score.

“We might need to be patient. We must go into the game with the desire to win, knowing that we have to get both parts of the game – attacking and defending – well.”

However Wenger is not taking the challenge Olympiacos present lightly, with the Greek outfit having won 3-2 at the Emirates in September.

“They played well against us. They were well organised on counter-attacks and set pieces. Overall they were a solid unit,” he added.

“You can see they are used to dominating their championship because they had the confidence when they had the opportunity.”

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