Captain talks before the Europa League tie about the fans’ passion, his time at Manchester City and a possible Premier League return

After half a decade at Olympiakos Omar Elabdellaoui is used to the wall of noise and pyrotechnics which light up the Karaiskakis Stadium but knows what effect it can have on opposing teams. Many a side have frozen in the red and white heat of the intimidating Athens atmosphere, with Arsenal the latest team to enter the theatre on Thursday night.

Olympiakos are regulars in Europe and feel they could finally be on the verge of making the progress the team and their passionate fans desire. Elabdellaoui, the captain, was in the team that earned a 3-2 Champions League victory at Arsenal in 2015, helped by his late goalline clearance, and he hopes to have a huge influence again.

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