Wenger sees United qualifying, NOT his 11-assist protege

Old Trafford

Arsenal manager tips Manchester United for Round of 16 glory in Champions League, rather than effective attacker Joel Campbell.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fully expects there to be at least one Premier League representative in the Champions League quarterfinals as he foresees a Manchester United victory when the Old Trafford outfit take on Olympiacos looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit sustained from the first leg, last month.

That in itself may not seem too bold a prediction, after all, no Greek club has ever enjoyed victory on English soil when competing in Europe's premier club competition. Furthermore, until that upset in Athens in February, United had defeated Olympiacos on each and every encounter the pair had previously participated in.

However, in seemingly backing United, is Wenger going against one of his own players?

"The result of Manchester United against Olympiacos was surprising, they missed their game which can happen but I believe United have the potential to qualify," the Frenchman expressed to Eurosport ahead of the showdown on Wednesday evening.

While Arsenal rely on Olivier Giroud to lead their line and act as their primary source of goals this season, the club do have a prolific goal-scorer and provider - yet he has been excelling away from Ashburton Grove, for the Karaiskakis Stadium team.

In Super League competition alone, Campbell has returned seven goals and 11 assists from 26 appearances - an attacking efficiency of a goal/assist every 103 minutes.

In 263 minutes of Champions League competition he has created seven clear goal-scoring chances, completed nine successful dribbles, has a passing accuracy of 75% and even has a goal to his name - struck against United.

Following his wondergoal in February, Wenger remarked: "I will decide his future later."

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