Sokratis urges Olympiacos to exploit Arsenal weaknesses in Europa League clash

Sokratis Papastathopoulos will return to face Arsenal with Olympiacos in the Europa League
Sokratis Papastathopoulos will return to face Arsenal with Olympiacos in the Europa League (Getty)

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is confident Olympiacos can exploit Arsenal’s weak points during their Europa League last-16 tie next month.

The 32-year-old spent nearly three years with the Gunners before leaving in January to join Olympiacos on a free transfer.

And the defender will face his former club on March 11 as the Gunners travel to Greece for the first leg of their Europa League tie.

Arsenal will be seeking revenge after they were knocked out of the competition by Olympiacos last year.

And while Sokratis feels Arsenal still have vulnerable spots in their team, he admits Olympiacos will need to be fully focused across both legs.

‘It is something special because until a month ago I was with them. I think it will be a difficult game. Arsenal are a very big team,’ said Sokratis.

‘We have to be focused during both games to repeat last year.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Olympiacos knocked out PSV to reach the Europa League last-16
Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Olympiacos knocked out PSV to reach the Europa League last-16 (Getty)

“There are no big differences because he is the same coach. More or less it is the same team with two or three additions.

‘It is a team with great quality, but there are also areas we can hit to harm them.

‘Each game will be different. We should see them as two separate games.

‘I believe that the coach has in mind the tactics that we must follow. In combination with a good appearance and a good day, I believe that we have chances.’

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