Sokratis queuing up against Arsenal when Olympiacos dealt a serious injury before their Europa League match

Sokratis in line to face Arsenal as Olympiacos dealt major injury blow ahead of Europa League clash

Arsenal's upcoming Europa League encounters with Olympiacos appear to be made even more intriguing by the forced inclusion of Sokratis Papastatopoulos.

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Mikel Arteta's men have, of course, booked their place in the 1/8 finals of the Europa League last week in a typically edgy fashion.

In the 2nd match against the Portuguese giant Benfica “Gunners & #039; & #039; conceded a goal just past the hour mark, but immediately roared back, ultimately securing a 3-2 victory thanks to a header from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 87th minute:

Arsenal award for being late? Duel with Olympiacos.

The draw undoubtedly caused nightmares for many Gunners fans, including Arteta and his company. of course, it was only last year that the Greek champions sent him out of the Europa League.

Sokratis in line to face Arsenal as Olympiacos dealt a serious blow from injury ahead of their Europa League match

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEB 27: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts during the second leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 32 between Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2020 in London, UK. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse / Getty Images)

Thus, revenge will not only be in the minds of the club's fans, but probably their players as well.

Sokratis in particular

And, as stated above, this evening has added another piquancy to what no doubt should be an explosive matchup pair between Arsenal and Olympiacos.

This is confirmation that the latter has dealt a serious blow to the personnel front.

Defender Ruben Semedo, who played a key role in Olympiacos' defense up to this point in the campaign, is expected to miss both encounters with the Gunners after being injured.

This, in turn, opens up the opportunity to intervene for none other than Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who flew from north London to Athens during the January transfer window.

Papa has managed to start in just 3 of Olympiacos' 10 games since returning home, but he looks set to play a central role in the coming weeks, including a couple of meetings with his former employers.

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