The Gunners travel to Athens knowing only a two-goal victory over the Greek champions will put them through to the knockout stages at the expense of their opponents.
While Arsenal certainly have their detractors wishing them to fail, seeing them through is of benefit to their Premier League title rivals and it would help maintain England’s top three coefficient rankings.
But former West Bromwich Albion striker Ideye Brown hints that matters little to some as he tells reporters how the Greek champions have many English fans backing their cause.
“We can’t wait, we have to be to attack. We have respect for Arsenal, which is really a great team. Many friends from England called me hoping to get through the round. Many people cheer for us,” he said.
Olympiakos boast a fabulous domestic record this season, winning every game in the Greek Super League and putting in some fine displays in front of their home supporters.
Arsenal know all about the dangers they possess, having suffered a 3-2 defeat in the reverse fixture.
It is not the first time at Arsene Wenger’s men travel to Athens in the ultimate game of the Champions League group stage, and their record at Olympiakos doesn’t bode well for the upcoming clash.
However, knowing exactly what they have to do on Wednesday night may work in their favour and with Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil all firing, they have every chance of success.