Greek champions, Olympiakos will be unleashing Nigerian international, Brown Ideye on the Gunners when they visit Emirates tonight in the MatchDay two of this season’s UEFA Champions League.
Ideye will be returning to English soil, a familiar terrain after joining Olympiakos from West Brom on transfer deadline day few weeks back.
The Nigerian international, who has 25 caps to his name, fell out of manager Tony Pulis’ plans at West Brom after the recent arrivals of strikers Rickie Lambert from Liverpool and Salomon Rondon from Zenit.
The 26-year-old scored just four goals in 26 league appearances for the English club West Brom after joining in July 2014 from Dynamo Kyiv for a then club-record 10 million pounds ($15.4M), but failed to live up to his price tag at The Hawthorns.
Ideye replaced another Nigerian, Michael Olaitan who signed a year contract with FC Twente on loan from Olympiakos.
Last weekend, Olympiakos warmed up for tonight’s encounter rested some starters and still thrashed visiting Giannena 5-1 to maintain its perfect record in the Greek league while Arsenal needed Alexis Sanchez’s hat-trick to clinically win 5-2 at Leicester City.
The Greek side, who are in the group stage of the Champions League for the 17th time and fifth in succession, will be aiming for a decent result in London after they lost 3-0 at home to FC Bayern München on matchday one.
Ideye debuted in the UEFA competition on July 26, 2011. It was a Champions League third qualifying round tie for Dynamo Kyiv, a 2-0 win over Rubin. He has since gone on to make a total of 13 appearances in three campaign, scoring four goals.

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