Olympiacos 2 – 1 Arsenal report. A bad result but that’s not what this game was about. by KJ
After a few bad results, it’s refreshing to go into a game knowing that the result isn’t the most important thing. We’ve already qualified and it doesn’t really matter whether we get first or second. We were at a point going to win the group but some slack defending lost us the game at the end.
We started quite well in the first 10 minutes and kept possession in good areas. However we started to fade and Olympiacos being the home team managed to start dominating possession and really threatened us. However, Szczesny was on form and made some brilliant saves to keep us in the game.
The two most ineffective players on the pitch managed to actually forge the goal we scored just before half time. A darting run from Chamberlain ended with a launched pass to Ramsey who controlled it and dribbled past a few of their defenders before giving it to Gervinho. The Ivorian somewhat killed the chance with a dribble into a dead end but managed to find a great pass to Rosicky who swept the ball into the back of the net. 0-1.
After half time, Rosicky was substituted for Arshavin and we lost that driving power from the midfield. Eventually, Olympiacos got back into the game with a undeserved goal from a non-existent corner. Szczesny was adjudged to have saved a previous header at goal but it had in fact hit the bar. It should never have been a corner. We didn’t defend it well and were punished. 1-1.
We lost the match eventually after a brilliant goal by Mitroglou. He was curved to perfection. I blamed Szczesny initially but the pundits brought up a good point. He can’t move until the ball has beaten the final defender. He can’t second guess in case of a deflection. He had very little time to react and the ball was right in the corner. 2-1.
The game ended with us finishing second as Schalke managed to get a draw at Montpellier. It’s not a great result as being second is more problematic – but Arsenal have to beat the best to win the Champions League. Simple as that.