NIGERIAN striker Peter Olayinka is looking forward to knocking English Premier League giants Arsenal our of the Europa League later tonight when the club faces his Czech clubside Slavia Prague in the first leg of the quarter final.
Olayinka, 25, has been in fine form in this season’s Europa League, scoring three goals and setting up two others in nine games. Slavia Prague are now set to play their fifth consecutive game against a British opponent in the Europa League, after seeing off Leicester City and Glasgow Rangers in the round of 32 and 16 respectively.
Hoping for another win, Olayinka said Arsenal may be tricky customers, however, as strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are match winners on their day. He added that although Arsenal do not rely much on individuality, these two front men could pose a huge threat later today at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Olayinka said: “They play a lot in a team, everyone is important to them but I think that Aubameyang and Lacazette are the top players we have to be most careful about. I am focused on the match and I am looking forward to it.
“It’s great to be in such a stadium. We did well in the last outdoor matches and I believe that we can show an equally good performance.”
Olayinka started his European career with Albanian side Bylis and because of his prodigious talent, there were numerous discussions about him becoming the first foreign player to play for the Albanian national football team. However, in September 2019, he was invited to the Super Eagles camp for an international friendly match against Brazil in Singapore, coming on as an 89th minute substitute for Samuel Chukwueze.