Van Persie: Gunners Must Stay Focussed
Robin van Persie has warned Arsenal not to underestimate Olympiacos in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger’s team are favourites to qualify from Group H as the section’s winners after being drawn with Olympiacos, Standard Liege and AZ Alkmaar. But the Gunners almost slipped up in their first match as Liege raced into a two-goal lead against the Premier League club within five minutes in Belgium.
Arsenal eventually fought back to claim a 3-2 win but van Persie believes another careless display against Olympiacos could prove costly. The 26-year-old, who scored the winner at Fulham on Saturday, knows Arsenal’s young squad are capable of emulating, or even improving on, last season’s semi-final appearance as long as they don’t take opponents for granted.
“It is a good draw for us name wise, but as a player you need to produce in every single game because our opponents look at it from a different point of view,” Van Persie told Arsenal’s magazine. “They will give all they have against us. We need to be ready for that.