With the stakes high, Arsene Wenger’s decision to rotate his goalkeepers and play David Ospina instead of Petr Cech proved detrimental. The Colombian’s chance to prove himself on the biggest stage resulted in a shocking performance and an own goal. The worst element about the own goal was the fact that there wasn’t even a striker anywhere near him, really. He could have headed it out! Ospina caught the ball from a corner but seemed to think if he landed he would carry it over the line. But it backfired spectacularly and Arsenal went into the break trailing and never really recovered. Arsenal fans have waited a long time to sign a top goalkeeper and to have him watching from the sidelines for a crucial European game will leave many of the fans bemused, upset, and frustrated.
End-to-end attacks and non-stop action is how you would describe the football at The Emirates on Tuesday night. It was an open game with plenty moments of anxiety for Arsenal, while opportunities kept coming for the hosts. Olympiacos caught out the Gunners down the flanks and Ospina’s shocking display gave the Greeks the luck they needed to bag the three points. The Gunners were left shocked after Olympiacos took the lead for the third time seconds after the hosts equalised. But Arsenal piled on the pressure in the second half with chance after chance but failed to capitalise. Once again Alexis Sanchez was at the heart of all the creative work but didn’t have the magic to dig his team out of the mess.
Arsenal kept pushing and the Greeks put up shields – spending the dying minutes of the match camped in Olympiacos half, but it proved fruitless as the Gunners suffered their second successive loss in Europe. With zero points from two games, it’s fair to say that the panic should set it in, as their remaining games are away from home. With back-to-back games against Bayern Munich next up in this competition, things look bleak for the Gunners. Some of their players were pictured on their knees after the final whistle and understandably so, Bayern Munich have been on a rampage in Europe winning both their matches with clean sheets and average of three goals a game. It’ s going to be no easy task to snatch a point from the German giants on home soil.
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