Heading to Greece on Tuesday for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash, Arsenal know exactly what’s required of them.
Qualifying from the group stage for a 16th consecutive season is very much in our own hands, and it’s a streak Arsène Wenger and the players want to keep going.
“Personally the record means a lot because it’s important for the club and for the players,” the Arsenal manager said as he looked ahead to the game. “I want to win and I want to qualify. For me our job is to win the next game, and do what is requested.”
Having lost 3-2 to Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal know they must at least match that scoreline to go through. That’s what is requested.
Any win by two goals would be enough, as would 3-2, 4-3 and so on.
“There is one positive thing for us – we know exactly what we have to do,” Wenger added. “We know that we have to go for it from the start. So let’s do that and hopefully we can get through. We know what is expected and we have studied Olympiacos.”
The Gunners put it in a slightly nervous performance on Saturday on the back of three winless games in the Premier League, but Wenger isn’t expecting the same sort of nerves on Wednesday.
“I believe [Olympiacos] is a different game psychologically, it’s clear, we just have to go for it.”
If we concede once we need to score three goals, so going for it may be the best way forward.