Roy Carroll returns to England tonight for the first time since his £80,000 move to Greek Superleague champions Olympiacos. Carroll whose previous clubs include Man Utd, West Ham, and Derby spoke of his dream to play in the Europa league and Champions League after his move in January. “I’m really looking forward to the Europa League games and my own comeback to European competition.
” “I’m hoping that next year we will be playing in the Champions League, because everybody wants to play at the top-level. In order to be able to do so, however, we must first win the championship.”
Olympiacos lost their opener at home to Schalke and Wenger knows tonight’s clash at the Emirates provides a chance to take a stranglehold on the group.
Olympiacos will be hoping to turn around lasts years Champions league game against the Gunners which saw Oxlade-Chamberlain on the score sheet in a 2-0 win. Arsenal will meet the greek side again on December the 4th. Carroll who will be hoping for a clean sheet tonight got his career off to a great start at the Greek champions.
His first appearance was against Rubin Kazanin Moscow in the first match for the round of 32, in the Europa League, coming on as a late substitute after Balázs Megyeri conceded a penalty and was given a red card. Carroll saved the penalty with the first touch of his Olympiacos career and his team went on to win 0–1. He then proceeded to legendary status among the fans, after producing a string of saves in the return leg whilst carrying a visible hamstring injury.
Arsenal should have no problems overcoming the Greek champions tonight with Olympiacos having to do without key players through injury including talisman Rafik Djebbour.
The Algeria international was rested for Saturday’s 1-0 league win at Atromitos but has failed to recover from a thigh injury in time for the match.
Djebbour is joined on the sidelines by Ljubomir Fejsa, Vassilis Torossidis and Tassos Papazoglou, while Francois Modesto faces a late fitness test.