Arsene Wenger's selection for the UEFA Champions League clash with Olympiacos may be described as a 'shadow' squad in some quarters, but the Arsenal boss believes the Greek champions would be wrong to expect an easy ride tonight.
The Gunners have travelled to Greece with only two of the players that started Saturday's 4-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Wigan Athletic, but Wenger is expecting his much-changed side to provide a stern test.
"It is true that some of the players [in this squad] do not play many games," he admitted. "But they will be even more motivated to show they deserve to play.
"The game will be more difficult for them than if we had brought the team who played on Saturday. I wanted to bring this team because they gave a hard time to Manchester City last week.
"I left some players at home because I did not want to put players on the bench when there is training at home but this side will be up for it."
Arsenal have already booked their place in the knockout stages of the competition - becoming the first English club to do so this year - but that has no bearing on the players picked, who will be looking to win the game.
"I know we have a big responsibility tomorrow," added Wenger. "I would be deeply disappointed if our winning attitude was not right.
"I like to give a chance to young players when they deserve it. I have shown in the past that I am not scared to do it when they have the quality to turn up.
"I believe everyone needs the chance to show their quality. I will make sure we walk out there with an immense desire to win the game."News Now - Sport News