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Olympiacos v Arsenal


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Santos: Back from injury

Arsenal travel to Greece on Tuesday night to face Olympiakos in their final group game of this season's UEFA Champions League.


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Thrylos haven't lost to an English team in European competition in 10 years and will be looking to keep the run going against the Gunners.

The Greek champions are unbeaten in their top flight this term, but are essentially out of the Europe's elite club competition, with the Europa League beckoning next year.

Olympiakos boss Leonardo Jardim has almost a full compliment to call upon for the midweek fixture.

Avraam Papadopoulous the only definite absentee from the squad with a serious knee injury that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Kostas Mitroglu and Giannis Maniatis will be handed late fitness tests after both picked up slight knocks in the league win against Platanias.

The visitors, meanwhile, seem to be in a tail-spin in the Premier League and have dropped to 10th position on the table after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea on the weekend.

Amid the turmoil, Arsene Wenger knows his side need to secure a better result than group leaders Schalke, who are in action against Montpellier, in order to win Group B.

The Frenchman could ring the changes ahead of the match with qualification to the next round already secured, although he is adamant he will field a full-strength team to battle to top the group.

Abou Diaby and Lukasz Fabianski will both definitely miss out, but Andre Santos might get the nod at left-back after returning from an abdomen injury.

Johan Djourou, Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky are all set to start the tie, with Wenger likely to rest key players ahead of Saturday's league clash against West Brom.

Posted: 03/12/12 13:56

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