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Olympiakos 2-1 Arsenal


Wenger: Under mounting pressure

Wenger: Under mounting pressure

Arsenal slumped to defeat at Olympiakos despite Tomas Rosicky's first-half opener following a second-half fight back from the hosts on Tuesday.


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The Gunners started brightly and Gervinho fired wide in the opening minutes as a much-changed Arsenal attempted to secure the win needed to stand a chance of topping Group B.

Olympiakos had started to get back into the game when Arsenal opened the scoring. Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho linked up well, with the latter squaring the ball to Rosicky, who made no mistake with a side footed effort from close range to give the Gunners a deserved lead.

Rosicky put in a decent display in the first-half but he was removed at half-time, with boss Arsene Wenger possibly keen to keep the midfielder fit for the Premier League tie with West Brom at the weekend.

The Czech was replaced by Andrey Arshavin and the Russian came close to leveling matters but his headed effort from a Chamakh cross was off target and didn't trouble Roy Carroll in the Olympiakos goal.

The Greek side drew level on 65 minutes when the Gunners failed to properly clear a corner. The ball came back into the box and Aaron Ramsey inadvertently played the ball into the path of Giannis Maniatis, who made no mistake as he hammered the ball past Wojciech Szczesny from close range.

The equaliser appeared to rock the Gunners' confidence and on 73 minutes Olympiakos took the lead through Kostas Mitroglou, who had only just entered the action as a second-half substitute.

Mitroglou was given the time and space to fire a curling effort from the edge of the area that Szczesny couldn't reach to give the hosts the lead.

Arsenal had already secured a spot in the knock out stages but defeat means they finish second in Group B and a group winner awaits Arsene Wenger's side in the next round.

Posted: 04/12/12 15:58

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