Arsenal have not failed to qualify for the Champions League round of 16 in 15 consecutive seasons but that record could all be scuppered on Wednesday night if they fail to beat Olympiacos by at least two unreplied goals in Greece.
And the only way to achieve that is to give a 100 percent performance according to Gunners French striker Olivier Giroud who is likely to start at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
“Would it be massive if we didn’t qualify? No,” Giroud said when asked quizzed on the consequences of Arsenal crashing out of Group F in Greece.
“But this group was within our reach and we put ourselves in a difficult position losing our two first games.
“Now, we have the opportunity to show our mental strength.
“We’ll have to leave aside the atmosphere because it’s going be a very hot game. We need to be at 100 per cent.
“In this kind of game, 95 per cent won’t be enough.”