Arsenal claim crucial CL win

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Arsenal 2 vs 1 Olympiacos, kickoff at 7.45
Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘8, Santos ’20; Fuster ’27

90+3 min

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90+3 min Full-time. Arsenal claim a valuable victory.
90+1 min Gibbs has a shot blocked.
90 min A header on almost causes a moment of worry in the Arsenal area, but Szczesny collects the ball.
87 min Arsenal are enjoying some quality possession in the Olympiacos half.
84 min Yellow card for Djebbour. The Olympiacos player is penalised after a sliding tackle from behind on Mikel Arteta.
83 min Substitution for Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Andrei Arshavin.
81 min Arteta takes a free kick and shoots from an acute angle. Costanzo punches the ball away.
79 min Substitution for Olympiacos Marko Pantelic replaces David Fuster
77 min Yellow card for Mikel Arteta.
75 min Double Substitution for Olympiacos. Pablo Orbaiz and Kevin Mirallas come off and are replaced by Francois Modesto and Djamel Abdoun.
71 min Arteta’s free kick is headed over for a corner.
71 min Substitution for Arsenal. Robin van Persie replaces Marouane Chamakh.
70 min Yellow card for David Fuster. The Olympiacos man fouls Arshavin outside the box.
69 min Arshavin again has one defender to beat. He toepokes the ball towards the net but Costanzo saves.
67 min Substitution for Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
67 min Arshavin has one defender to beat, but is dispossessed.
64 min Torosidis hits the bar with a beautifully struck shot from the right hand corner of the Arsenal box.
58 min Another Olympiacos shot goes wide.
56 min Mirallas shoots over from outside the box.
54 min Decent move from Arsenal. Rosicky turns well and plays a good ball to Chamberlain on the right wing. The winger crosses and the ball drops to Arshavin. The Russian as disapossed and Chamakh’s cross is blocked.
49 min Yellow card for Jose Holebas. The defender fouls Chamakh.
49 min Oxlade-Chamberlain gets behind the Olympiacos defence and Chamakh finds him with a good through ball. The winger tries to chip the keeper but Costanzo saves.
48 min Mirallas shoots just wide from outside the box. Good effort.
46 min Olympiacos kickoff to start the second half.

Half-Time An end-to-end first half sees Arsenal lead Olympiacos 2-1 at the interval. Arsenal were impressive in the opening 20 minutes and scored through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andre Santos. Olympiacos have looked the more dangerous side since then, however, and only trail by a goal at the break after a powerful David Fuster header.

45+1 min Half-time.
40 min A good Oxlade-Chamberain cross drops to Arshavin, who heads to Rosicky. Rosicky tries to play the ball back to the Russian, but the ball is cleared.
39 min Sagna delays on the ball and is robbed by Mirallas. The striker takes the ball forward and shoots towards the left hand corner of the net, but Szczesny knocks the ball out for a corner.
37 min Nice interplay between Ibagaza and Fejsa but play is called back for offside.
35 min Ball almost reaches Mirallas in the box. Mertesacker clears.
34 min Yellow card for Rosicky. The Midfielder fouls Mirallas at the edge of the box.
31 min An inviting Arteta cross is headed clear.
30 min An Olympiacos attack ends with a shot flying wide.
29 min Szczesny pushes away a powerful Olympiacos cross.
28 min Szczesny saves from Djebbour. Good save from the Arsenal keeper.
27 min Goal for Olympiacos! The Greek side take a quick corner, which takes the Gunners by surprise. Ibagaza is left unmarked at the left hand side of Arsenal’s box. The Olympiacos man crosses to Fuster, who heads home beautifully from near the edge of the box.
24 min Bad miss from Chamakh. A beautiful forward chip finds Chamakh, who control well but hits a poor shot wide.
20 min Goal for Arsenal! Andre Santos scores for Arsenal. A great through ball finds the Brazilian behind the Olympiacos backline. Santos crosses along the ground, but the ball is scrambled away from Chamakh. The ball arrives back at Santos, who shifts on to his right foot and finishes well.
20 min Szczesny rushes out and collects an Olympiacos through ball.
19 min Mertesacker intercepts a cross and Szczesny
18 min Decent Olympiacos break stopped by a Mertesacker interception.
14 min Great chance for Djebbour. Terrible defending from Arsenal at a corner. The ball drops to Djebbour, who is unmarked from five yards. Arteta manages to block the ball off the line. Djebbour then hits the rebound wide.
13 min Frimpong clears a cross for a corner.
12 min Chamakh heads wide from a corner.
12 min An Arteta cross is blocked and goes out for a corner.
8 min Goal for Arsenal! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores for the Gunners. The 18 year old receives the ball at the edge of the Olympiacos box, takes it across the area and past two defenders before applying a cool finish into the bottom right hand corner.
6 min Offside against Olympiacos after a striker gets behind the Arsenal defence.
5 min Oxlade-Chamberlain chases after the ball but it goes out for a goal kick.
4 min Olympiacos shoot wide from inside the box.
3 min Arshavin almost gets the ball behind the Olypiacos defence.
2 min Olympiacos hit a long ball but Song heads clear.
1 min Arsenal kickoff to start the match.
0 min The big teams news for Arsenal is that Robin van Persie and Aaron Ramsey start on the bench. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his Champions League debut.


Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Song, Santos, Frimpong, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Chamakh

Substitutes: Fabianski, Park, van Persie, Ramsey, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Coquelin

Olympiacos: Costanzo, Torosidis, Mellberg, Marcano, Holebas, Orbaiz, Fejsa, Ibagaza, David Fuster, Djebbour, Mirallas

Substitutes: Megyeri, Modesto, Pantelic, Papadopoulos, Makoun, Potouridas, Abdoun


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