Arsenal Reside Press Convention: Mikel Arteta on Smith Rowes Health, Martinelli and Olympiacos


Arsenal travel to Greece to face Olympiacos in the Europa League round of 16 at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium on Thursday evening.

It’s probably no exaggeration to say this is the Gunners’ biggest game of the season.

A frustrating draw with Burnley on Saturday means qualifying for Europe via the Premier League is becoming increasingly unlikely. If they have any hope of entering continental competition next season, winning the Europa League is more or less their only hope.

There is also the possibility of taking revenge on the Greek champions who they excluded from this competition last season in the last sixteen with a last-minute goal by Youssef El-Arabi.

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It promises to be a delicious game that will also reunite Sokratis with the club he left two and a half months ago.

You can follow every word Mikel Arteta has to say ahead of the game with our Arsenal writer Kaya Kaynak on our live press conference blog below.