Oxlade-Chamberlain: First goal will put Olympiacos under pressure.

Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said that the first goal against Olympiacos in the Champions League will be crucial if the Gunners are to win the game.

Arsene Wenger’s side need to win by a two-goal margin to qualify, or by a one-goal margin if they can score at least three goals.

“If we can get that first goal we will really put them under pressure and we can push on and hopefully get another one,” he told Arsenal Player, reports arsenal.com.

“If they manage to score we are not out of it by any stretch of the imagination, we will just have to score a few more. We will see how the game goes but we need to defend first and foremost - keeping a clean sheet is the first task.

“We have got players in our side that can go and score goals and we will be focused on doing that. Olympiacos came to the Emirates and played really well on the night and showed us what a threat they can be.

"We have played at Olympiacos a number of times so it is a tough place to go and their fans can create a real buzzy atmosphere. It can be a bit intimidating but we have to feed off of that and go there and get two goals, defend well and get the result.

“Going into that game with nothing to lose, the boss uses the term: ‘playing without the handbrake on’. I think that is when we play our best stuff and if we do that we give ourselves the best chance.”

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