Preview: Arsenal v. Olympiakos
Arsenal travels to Greece in the Champions League tonight, but you'd be forgiven if you felt like tonight was a Carling Cup fixture. In fact, this squad might be less experienced then the one that traveled to Manchester last week. In the squad we have a total of 10 teenagers, and I reckon 4 or 5 will start. Despite Olympiakos' own massive injury list, the Greeks will be liking their chances of progressing against the young side, much to Liege's chagrin.
Here is the 18-man squad: Carlos Vela, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Song, Mikael Silvestre, Jack Wilshere, Lukasz, Fabianski (GK), Vito Mannone (GK), Fran Merida, Kyle Bartley, Francis Coquelin, Thomas Cruise, Craig Eastmond, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Kerrean Gilbert, Luke Ayling, Mark Randall, Gilles Sunu
I suppose the starting eleven could be this:
Gilbert, Song, Silvestre, Cruise
Eastmond, Thomas, Ramsey
Walcott, Vela, Wilshere
JET and Eastmond being the Song-Denilson partnership, and Ramsey filling in for Cesc. Though, with Merida being locked in contract negotiations, I wouldn't be surprised if the Spaniard made the first XI. I just think we can't afford to throw on another attacking player. Anyways, Wilshere and Walcott have their work cut out for them. They need to help defend, but also provide ample support to Vela, because he was way too isolated against City.
The match will be on ITV1 in England and DirecTV in the States. Have a good week Gooners!