“If they hide, I don’t like it”: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta warns his players to show their courage to Olympiacos in the first part of the Europa League match of last 32
- Arsenal faces Olympiacos in the first leg of their final 32 Europa League match
- Mikel Arteta is preparing for his first European competition under the leadership of the Gunners
- The Arsenal boss expects a tough test and a hostile atmosphere on Thursday
- He has warned his Arsenal players not to hide in the Karaiskakis stadium
Mikel Arteta has warned his players not to hide when they resume their Europa League bid against Olympiakos.
Arsenal faces the Greek frontrunners in the first leg of their final 32 draw on Thursday and knows exactly what to expect in the Karaiskakis Stadium, where Olympiacos lost only once this season.
Arteta has seen a lot from Pedro Martins for his first European match over Arsenal, while he could also rely on the insight of the Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Mikel Arteta is preparing for his first European competition to be in charge of Arsenal on Thursday evening
Sokratis Papastathopoulos knows that a tough test is awaiting the Gunners against Olympiacos
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The centerback of Greece knows that a ‘tense’ atmosphere awaits Arsenal, as well as opponents who are used to winning. Arteta is now wary of their passion and quality.
It will be a serious character test for the Arsenal players, especially the younger ones who select Arteta, and he said, “It’s part of the process. You only know when you expose them [how they will handle it].
“They may have the best intention, but they must go to a stadium like this and if they make a mistake or make a bad decision, they have the courage to try again and play again.
Artetas lead the Europa League clash in confident form after beating Newcastle with 4-0
Matteo Guendouzi traveled with the Arsenal team after being shot against the Magpies
‘And I want to see that in my players, whether they are 17 or 35. That is what I expect from them.
“If they keep trying, they have my full support. If they hide afterwards, I don’t like it.
“But what I have seen so far, every time they play on that field reacts very, very well. I hope so and I am sure they will do it tomorrow. “
Arsenal traveled without Mesut Özil, who stayed behind because his wife is expecting their first child soon.
Matteo Guendouzi is part of the team that brought Arteta to Greece after kicking off Sunday’s victory in Newcastle after he had angered the Spaniard for his attitude during the Arsenal winter break training camp in Dubai.
Mesut Özil stayed behind in London because his wife is expecting their first child soon