Arsenal 2 Olympiacos 3: Arsene Wenger on reasons for defeat

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal were guilty of lapses in concentration during their 3-2 loss to Olympiacos

Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal were made to pay for their poor defending after their 3-2 loss to Olympiacos left them on the brink of Champions League elimination.

Theo Walcott cancelled out Felipe Pardo’s opener at Emirates Stadium, before Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina fumbled the ball over the line to hand the visitors the lead heading into half-time.

Alexis Sanchez headed in an equaliser in the 65th minute but Alfred Finnbogason poked the visitors ahead once again just 59 seconds later.

The result left Arsenal bottom of Group F and in danger of being eliminated from Arsenal’s elite club competition ahead of two games against leaders Bayern Munich.

And the Frenchman admits that his side were guilty of lapses in concentration during the defeat by the Greek side.

Wenger said on BT Sport after the game: “It is still possible of course to qualify but it is difficult to swallow losing a game like that.

“We lost it on a lack of defensive concentration and bad luck. They had four shots on goal and we conceded three goals.

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“The turning point at 2-2 is we give them a goal again straight away. If it stays 2-2 for five minutes we win the game.”

Asked about his decision to select Ospina ahead of Petr Cech, he replied: “A goalkeeper can make a mistake that doesn’t explain that we lose the game. It happened to Petr Cech already this season [against West Ham].”

Arsenal lost their Champions League opener 2-1 in Dinamo Zagreb earlier this month and still have Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to play twice in the group.

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