Olympiacos v Arsenal review – PERFECT game and Giroud sends us through

What a time for Olivier Giroud to score his first ever Arsenal hat-trick and it was well deserved for the brilliant French striker. It capped a great game fotr him but this fantastic result was a real team effort from front to back. A perfect Champions League performance in the tightest of corners sees the Gunners into the next round and Wenger’s long standing record saved.

Arsenal knew they needed goals and so of course we wanted a fast start but it did not really happen. In fact it was the home team that had the best of the opening exchanges and that encouraged them to press for a goal. Despite not really getting our fluent passing game going though, Arsenal were committed.

With some hard work and cool heads Arsenal managed to ride out the first 15 or 20 minutes with no real damage apart from a Ramsey yellow card. If his tackle was woth one then two of the Greeks should have been booked as well. But the tide was turning and Flamini was so close to scoring after 25 minutes, his shot deflected on to the bar after great work from Giroud and Campbell.

It was not long before Giroud was on the end though, and he powered a header into the bottom corner that the keeper got a hand to but could not stop. THe move was started with some typical brilliance from Ozil who set Ramsey fee on the left for the Welshman to cross.

Olympiacos rallied and had some good moments before the break, while Theo Walcott produced a great run at their defence but put his shot wide. We were in position though and there were nerves in the home team and crowd. Perhaps the key moment came just after the restart as it looked like Giroud would have to go off with a turned ankle.

He didn’t and then went on to make himself a hero. He was involved in the build up and then showed great desire and a fine finish to put us in position to go through with a 2-0 scoreline in the 49th minute. The Greeks had to come forward but we were in no mood to let them off the hook.

Giroud sealed the points and progression from the spot after 66 minutes. Olympiacos then needed three goals and they never looked like doing it. So the Gunners have made the miracle happen, but how far can we go now?

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88 Comments

  1. ranger says:

    Arsenal and champions league the perfect love story.
    Giroud best game in Arsenal shirt
    Joel campbell man with Mission
    Good team work
    Hard work + smart work pays off

    1. muffdiver says:

      where the hell did that come from!
      GREAT PERFORMANCE!!

      everyone quick to slate these boys an our manager- needs to be quick to show love tonight-

      absolutely brilliant form the lads-

      1. SoOpa AeoN says:

        Hi muff……… Can we all smiLe at Manure now?………. L()L…….. Too bad there’s nothing 2 smile bout Moanino’s men!

        1. Marko says:

          No, we don’t care about them.

          We care about our boys. COYG!

    2. ab04 says:

      Loved Giroud and Campbell.. Well played arsenal, thoroughly deserved !! Coyg

      1. Goonsquad8 says:

        Naaaa Naaaannaaa nanananaaaaa nanananaaaaaaa GIROOOUUDDD

        1. muffdiver says:

          a giroud hat trick??
          an in a such important high pressure game

          write this day down lads- bloody hell!

          1. Jim A says:

            Someone wanted him to come from the bench?

            1. muffdiver says:

              hahahah
              damn u jim!!!

              it seems my crystal ball requires an mot??

              1. Jim A says:

                Only kidding this site is a better place with you on it!

            2. seancali says:

              Giroud is scoring goals for arsenal. That’s all that matters.he’s on fire.he has been the entire season so far.8 goals in bpl and 5 in UCL….not bad at all. Keep in mind giroud was benched 4 or 5 matches.he still has managed to score 13 goals and its not mid season yet.great job giroud and what a way to silent the critics

            3. Fatboy Gooney says:

              Hahaha Hahaha ? That’s right!
              But, He is styling it out well ,now, though! ?
              Someone’s name just became… bum lick saliva ?

              1. muffdiver says:

                still angry about me an ur sister it seems…its in the past fatty …enough now.

                anyway ur one of this sites loudest anti wenger supporters..why r u saying anything??

                1. Fatboy Gooney says:

                  Hahaha Hahaha hahaha Hahaha
                  What are you talking about man? ?
                  My sister dates men, not boy’s ?
                  Talking of boy’s, i reckon that your into them yourself! ? you can’t fool me son ?

                  Now get back to inhaling your crack,
                  Instead of talking out of it! ?

    3. galen says:

      Joel in 2 months has done more than ox in 3 years. great win.

      1. GoonerLad says:

        THANK YOU ! Where are all the haters who said he should be sold ??! I said it before he still has to got used to the playing style of the team, now he’s showing what he’s capable of.

        1. almostawinner says:

          through injuries, we find another gem: joel campbell.
          debuchy’s injury led to the discovery of bellerin.
          injury to caz forced ramsey to the center and we find campbell: and all kudos for him for taking advantage when opportunity came knocking.

          kudos to all the players today: especially , i’m happy for giroud.

    4. seancali says:

      Now who will argue that giroud is quality????well done olii…what a night to get your first arsenal hat trick. 13 goals so far this season for giroud and still there will be fans saying he’s not good enough. Tonight you got your answer.

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Oli ? ” Please Sir. .. Can I have some More?

        ?” MOREEEEEEEEE!!”

        * Drops bowl.. pegs it out the door .. only to get ?Out,
        By some full grown pikey , 20 yards up the road ?
        poor Oliver ?

    5. CarlosSilva says:

      Barca
      Madrid x2
      Wolfsburg
      Zenit

      40% chance of getting the big boys.
      Atletico and Wolfsburg will be no slouches either.
      Zenit should be quite doable.

      1. Yoe_its_Moe says:

        I would rather we face Real than Atletico, they are a tough unit, they don’t give up goals easily, and they know how to grind out wins, especially over 2 legs … just ask Barca and Rea/

    6. SoOpa AeoN says:

      i’m HighLy disappointed

      I’m so so so very disappointed

      u Let in two silly goaLs all for Nothing!

      .

      ChiLL folks!!!

      That one’s for Porto …..

    7. Roe-hahn says:

      Big Ups to Szczesny for helping Roma qualify with a World Class Save.

  2. Greg says:

    Round of 16 here we come! Coyg!

    1. muda says:

      We did it in style. If not Arsenal then who?? Thank you boys. And Wenger!!

  3. Greg says:

    Good hattrick from giroud!!! Coyg!

  4. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Hello oLympico………..did u get our Trojan xmas present?

    Olympians: AFFIRMATIVE!

    1. muffdiver says:

      lads we have till middle of February before our next game in champions league…players back, possible buys….we just need to avoid barca and this could be a tasty European campaign!!

  5. juhislihis says:

    Giroud what the hell was that? Did you see his movement? He was everywhere and cutting through defenders like never before! MOTM!

    COYGG!!! Now hope for Athletico, Wolfsburg or Zenit!

  6. muffdiver says:

    ok NOW we can take the mickey outta man u haha
    jokes aside this was the performance of a experience European side

    hugely impressive with so many players out…

  7. Jim A says:

    Congrats OG! I never doubted.

  8. Greg says:

    Oliver giroud hattrick hero take a bow!!!

    1. juhislihis says:

      I was so nervous when he went to take the penalty.. However Giroud was cool as a cucumber!

      1. almostawinner says:

        for all the times giroud has let his emotions overwhelm him: this day and the way he took that penalty: a day to remember. hope there will be many more like it.

  9. The Dom04 says:

    I sincerley hope someone in Greece doesn’t die from shock

  10. RWRW says:

    Now that is a proper away from home European performance!! The entire squad and manager have done us proud tonight.

    Oh and btw Ozil is the best player in Premier league without a doubt. Genius of a player

    1. almostawinner says:

      monreal and campbell were amazing too. monreal is an attacking asset.

  11. lalitsyal says:

    Hahahahahahahahaha……Europa isn’t for us……Giroud 3 olympiacos 0

  12. sanmi.marvellous says:

    The last miracle has happened: The camel had passed through the needle eye.

  13. Roe-hahn says:

    My God Wenger is a pro at making UCL round of 16.He should write a book and give copies to all the other EPL managers..LOL !!

    1. synthiagoCazorla..HUMVN,Machine says:

      Title of the book should be:

      “How to make UCL round of 16 -for DUMMIES”.

      Yeah, you heard it right Van Gaal -“for DUMMIES!!!”

  14. Greg says:

    I must say arsenal and lazarus both have one thing in common, they both came back from the dead! But we did it! Coyg!

  15. mohawk says:

    For young a player there can be a moment when they step over the line to become a full-fledged member of the team and solidify the respect of their team-mates and the fans.

    For Joel Campbell that moment just happened. Whatever his future role, he is now a full gunner absolutely.

    Fantastic both offensively and defensively. MOTM for me.

    1. RWRW says:

      Beautiful way of putting it! I like that

    2. BarryL says:

      Well said Mohawk. Joel is a real lesson for the Ox in how to take your chance when you get it.
      He has grown with every game, and now the rest of the team are starting to believe in him too.
      Sometimes he has a heavy first touch, but he always tries to win the ball back.
      Think he’s going to be a big favourite with the fans
      COYG

    3. NY_Gunner says:

      @mohwak
      Many were writing Joel off to be sold. I knew with a few matches under his belt he would come good. And he did, just when we needed him to…Take a bow Son.

      1. mohawk says:

        I will admit I was not yet convinced Joel would improve fast enough to satisfy Wenger or the fans. I had some remaining doubts. So glad he removed all worries in this regard.

    4. Jim A says:

      The pass he made for the second goal was incredible. Mesut like because he had to have the patience for the play to develop.

    5. summerbreez says:

      Joel Campbell is a star and at a young age he will turn to be an Amazing shiny star he can play right left center he is a bag of tricks when I first saw him I believed he is going to turn to be a Pele

  16. Ks-Gunner says:

    Now what? How serious are we in winning this competition? Our team is few in quality players. We still need to buy.

    – New Dm.
    – New Striker.
    – New AMF maybe.

    Today was a good day, lets see who we are going to face now.

    1. muffdiver says:

      ffs k…just enjoy the win

      lol bro u buggin

      1. Marko says:

        Yes to DM; no to striker.

        AMF, what are you smoking lol

        1. Ks-Gunner says:

          Smoking some realness i guess. Consider that we play in 2 mayor competition now, we need as much quality in the team as possible.

          Santi and Coqueling are out for long. We have the cash, if we can use it, we should do it.

          1. seancali says:

            We need a DM…that’s about it.we are good upfront

      2. Ks-Gunner says:

        No need to go crazy now bec Arsenal did what they where supposed to do. Mortal kombat starts now!

        1. Colin says:

          Joel has always been top class, he just needed confidence and a chance. No doubt he’ll have some bad games, but his vision for the hame is sublime, his assists forAlexis and Giroid tend to show this.Just sit back and start to enjoy the ride, you never know he may become a great, I for ome hope so.

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Just wasted a few minutes of my time clicking ur hidden comment! L()L

  17. Flaminowski says:

    gotta say Joel was fantastic tonight as well as giroud of course.

    I called this result!

  18. Davros says:

    This is one of our greatest nights

    Think about this great comeback
    We lose first two matches
    Go into a two matches in a row against Bayern
    We knew we had to beat them at least once
    We beat them once
    After a big defeat against Bayern we MUST beat Zagreb and then Olympiakos by two goals AWAY

    After a bad start we showed great character

    Also Giroud proved he could perform in pressure match.

    Really proud of the boys tonight πŸ™‚

    1. almostawinner says:

      wenger’s greatest escape.

  19. BarryL says:

    Outstanding team performance in a tough atmosphere!! From Cech through Kos to Ollie (whose the donkey now).
    AW has been patient with Joel Campbell and this is now paying off.
    This is must be springboard for a long winning run to win the EPL
    COYG

  20. Subi says:

    JAAAAA !! – From Norway

    1. muffdiver says:

      JAAAAA! – from SUBWAY…
      …can i have large chicken sub with cheese??

  21. Fatboy Gooney says:

    ????????????
    I have lost my voice ??
    What a glorious result ?
    History is made… twice!
    A win in Greece and a Girouddddddd! Hat – trick ?

    ?Superrrrr ,Super lamp , Superrrrr, super lamp
    Superrrrr, Super lamp…SUPER LAMPOST GIROUD?
    GET IN THERE SON!

    And a cleansheet to boot!
    Well done to all lads… absolutely wonderful! ??

    Bring on Barcelona! ?

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      Whoa fat boy easy there we don’t want none of barca YET, let’s get wolfsburg or zenit in the next round and boost our confidence then knock out the big boys!

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Hahaha
        Knock out the big boy first and then watch how the other’s run! ??

  22. Abu says:

    The whole team played well today. Ozil and Joel where outstanding, simply breath taken performance all round. COYG!

  23. Greg says:

    Great team effort from the gunners tonight in athens! Take a bow gunners! Coyg!

  24. ziol says:

    put our teeth inside their neck before we kill’em….and tell em we just don’t feel’em.! to be honest after the injuries and all that s##t, the players were beyond what i expected. including girud. and Campbell must never even see the bench. a round of applause please!

  25. muffdiver says:

    3 of our most vital players out an we win 3-0 in greece-

    oh yeah we a one man team…that one man….giroud…who knew!

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  26. Greg says:

    Giroud played like a man possessed tonight!

  27. ArseOverTit says:

    G-Rude= phenomenal
    Ozil=sublime
    Campbell=lethal (although did still have rate him that much but he played outside his skin against his old side).

    Well done all!

  28. papacini says:

    fantastic game!koscielny is my pride I’m so proud he’s ours.if he were to b in a Chelsea or united jersey I would have been green with envy.lovely game from giroud I’ve never celebrated his goal but I didn’t know when I jumped after his second goal.good one olivier! now unto villa and the mouthwatering game BTW Leicester and Chelsea!

  29. baraka says:

    It all started with Giroud and ended with him. The come back. Remember that (hand of god) goal against Bayern at home? It set us up on the recovery path. Something about Giroud this season is that he proves himself in those big high pressure game. Bayern home and away (what a goal) and now Olympiacos away. And Campbell, boy oh boy! The lad is coming good match after match. Like a phoenix, Gunners are rising from the ashes.

  30. kelisjech says:

    am so happy for the result and especially as Joel has stepped up his game in this time of our injury crisis

  31. mide says:

    my Ozil is simply on another level.
    check all d third pass to d goals. He just split dere defence in a unique way nd Campbell is so good tonight dt Morael had to tell him right dere on d pitch how impresed he was.
    Giroud well no coment….

    what a gud nit for me today.
    Congregations to d lads

  32. Uzi Ozil says:

    We were clinical. Flamini and Campbell stepped up. Girouddddddddddddd.

    Arsenal All The Way…Delighted!

  33. Koss the Boss says:

    I am over the moon with that performance. Very matured and confidnce esp in the 2nd half, Campbell/Giroud the best games they have had in an Arsenal shirt. Giroud should take our penalties also from now until he misses one imo.

    Brilliant now in last 16 for the 16th year in a row, 2nd only 2pts off top with a game against the bottom team in the prem before the big game with City!! Sitting pretty now, draw on Monday and avoid Barca/Madrid and we might go further this year with injuries back and possibly a new signing or two. Welbeck, Wilshere, Coq, Rosicky all back for feb ucl last 16 games.

    Very proud of our lads well done

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @Koss the Boss
      Real is doable, Barca is from another universe altogether…

  34. gilo says:

    I haven’t seen you praise Joel’s assist to Giroud. It was a masterpiece worth mentioning. Told y’all he was gonna get hard!

    1. Twig says:

      Still needs to improve his fitness. Looks at times like he’s about to collapse!

  35. Twig says:

    The plaudits will go to Giroud, Koscielny and Campbell, but I thought Walcott did very well on the LW especially for a player just returning from injury.

    1. Jim A says:

      You are so right. Theo is vital to our success. However the striker position OG had to give way to Theo earlier this year I would have to say belongs to #12.

      1. Twig says:

        We play better when both Walcott and Giroud are fit and pushing each other πŸ™‚

  36. jonm says:

    Great result, good to see Joel Campbell establishing himself as a first team player after so long on loan and on the bench.

  37. SoOpa AeoN says:

    “congregation to the Lads”

    Wow!

    U really are DeLighted!…… U r Lost for words… Coyg L()L

  38. Fortis_gunner says:

    I never post here just observe so now I’m just here to see everyone say how great giroud is nananana giroudddd then the next time we lose or draw lampost donkey and useless… Anyways good job arsenal great job giroud Barcelona here we come !!

  39. edbryt says:

    Joel Campbell played like a possessed man. Well done Olivier.

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