Arsenal warn Olympiakos


LONDON — Mikel Arteta has warned Olympiakos that Arsenal will take out their frustrations on the Greek team in tonight’s European Champions League football clash at the Emirates Stadium.

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Arsene Wenger’s side suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday as Chelsea punished some slack defending from the hosts to clinch a 2-1 victory and Arteta admits his teammates are desperate to make amends against Olympiakos. Spanish midfielder Arteta believes that desire to get back on track quickly will spark a dominant display as Arsenal, who have made a bright start to the campagin despite the Chelsea defeat, look to maintain their 100% start to the group stage.

After winning in Montpellier in the opening group fixture, a victory over Olympiakos would put the Gunners firmly on course for the last 16 and Arteta said: “We have played some of the best teams in the league and we haven’t been battered at all.

“In fact it has been the opposite, we have been better than them through the 90 minutes. I think that is a very positive thing.

“We will bounce back on Wednesday (today) in the Champions League against Olympiakos.”

The main concern for Arsenal in recent weeks has been their weakness when dealing with set-pieces from the opposition.

Manchester City’s goal in their draw against the Gunners came from a corner, while Chelsea took full advantage of Arsenal’s defensive frailties to score twice from Juan Mata free-kicks.