Gunners Progress Despite Greek Loss

Arsenal’s last Champions League group stage match ended in defeat, as a tough Olympiakos team beat an inexperienced Gunners side 3-1 in Greece.

In a match where poor defending dominated, Arsenal went behind from a 16th minute strike from Rafik Djebbour, who rounded Lukasz Fabianski before slotting home to give the Greek side the lead.

After picking up an injury from an unfortunate collision with goalscorer Djebbour, the Polish goalkeeper was then stretched off and replaced by Vito Mannone.

In the 36th minute, David Fuster was able to score an easy second goal for the Greek champions, after a poor clearance from the newly-introduced Italian goalkeeper.

Yossi Benayoun pulled a goal back, with a sensational strike in the 57th minute, after good work from Ignasi Miquel and Marouane Chamakh.

However, the Greek side sealed the win with a simple goal from Francois Modesto, who tapped in from close-range from a corner in the 89th minute.

While Arsenal progressed as group winners, Marseille grabbed a last gasp winner and stole Olympiakos’ knockout place, with a stunning strike from Mathieu Valbuena.

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