Saturday April 25, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Arsenal left half of its first team out of Olympiakos match

Arsenal has opted to leave six first-team regulars in London ahead of its final Champions League group stage match against Olympiakos Piraeus in a bid to avoid fatigue, manager Arsene Wenger said on Monday.

Midfielders Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta, forwards Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott as well as defender Per Mertesacker were all missing from Arsenal's 18-man squad named to travel to Greece for Tuesday's match.

Wojciech Szczesny, Thomas Vermaelen, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, and Gervinho will be surrounded by fringe and youth team players, five of whom are yet to make their first-team debut.

"Some players needed a rest because they were a bit on the fringe of injury, and some players are injured," Wenger told club website (www.arsenal.com).

"When I count the injured players I speak about Podolski and Walcott. We needed to rest Wilshere, 100 percent, and Cazorla, Arteta and Mertesacker played many games recently. They have been rested.

"It is [to avoid fatigue], and we have one luxury, that we can do it. But we have as well one necessity, to win the game tomorrow night. I tried to find the right balance between resting some players and as well having a competitive team tomorrow night."

Arsenal has already guaranteed its passage through to the last 16. It can top Group B if it wins and German side Schalke, who leads the English club by one point, draws or loses at French champion Montpellier.

Despite a weakened side, Wenger will be hoping his 150th Champions League match in charge as coach ends in glory, however Arsenal's last visit to Olympiakos's Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium 12 months ago ended in a 3-1 defeat for the north London side.

Arsenal overcame the Greek side by the same margin at home in October.

[Reuters]

ekathimerini.com , Monday December 3, 2012 (19:37)  
Rival soccer fan clashes leave man stabbed
Grabbing the shoes that have gone a long way
Printezis sends Olympiakos to the Final Four
Panathinaikos surrenders to the might of CSKA
Greece not playing a game of chicken on debt
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Friday he respects Germany just not German politics, nor the way Berlin views Greeces economy, which faces the prospect of running out of money ...
Tsipras to see local officials as decree dispute heats up
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to meet regional governors and mayors in Athens on Saturday in an attempt to defuse a political row that has erupted as a result of the governments deci...
Inside News
Construction material costs slide anew
The decline in oil rates has contributed to the further fall in construction material prices and the cost of building new residential properties, according to data released on Friday by the ...
Navios taps German shipping opportunities
The wide margin of difference between the health of Greek and German shipping is clearly illustrated by the deal for the sale of 14 oceangoing vessels by German bank HSH Nordbank AG debtor c...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
Five years ago
This week marks five years since Greece officially entered a period of crisis when then Prime Minister George Papandreou announced that the country would seek a bailout from the eurozone and...
EDITORIAL
Slippery slope
The extremely divisive language that is currently being used by parliamentary deputies and coalition ministers is both unacceptable and dangerous. It is high time that the tired, old argumen...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Greece not playing a game of chicken on debt
2. Rival soccer fan clashes leave man stabbed
3. Tsipras to see local officials as decree dispute heats up
4. Kotzias talks Cyprus at UN
5. Construction material costs slide anew
6. Navios taps German shipping opportunities
more news
Today
This Week
1. Five years ago
2. Greece not playing a game of chicken on debt
3. Slippery slope
4. Greece offers concessions in talks with creditors
5. EU frustration mounts as Greeks try to sidestep aid process
6. FinMin sources say gov't 'not bluffing' in opposing austerity
Today
This Week
1. Quarantine for Greek bank subsidiaries in neighboring countries
2. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
3. Putting off payments led to Q1 budget primary surplus
4. Obama calls for flexibility in Greek reform talks in brief exchange with Varoufakis
5. It's up to the Greek government to ensure deal with lenders, says ECB's Coeure
6. Europe's collision course with Greece
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.