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  • Date:03 Oct 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
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Goal!

Live Commentary

90:00

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

90:00

Ariel Ibagaza (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00

Goal! Arsenal 3, Olympiakos 1. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a headed pass.

90:00

Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Olympiakos 1.

89:00

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

89:00

Offside, Arsenal. Mikel Arteta tries a through ball, but Santiago Cazorla is caught offside.

88:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Pablo Contreras.

88:00

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

88:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Dimitrios Siovas.

86:00

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

86:00

Marko Pantelic (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:00

Offside, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

84:00

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

84:00

Giannis Maniatis (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:00

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a cross.

81:00

Offside, Arsenal. Laurent Koscielny tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

81:00

Djamel Abdoun (Olympiakos) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:00

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

80:00

Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Gervinho.

80:00

Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Lukas Podolski.

80:00

Substitution, Olympiakos. Marko Pantelic replaces Paulo Machado.

77:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jose Holebas.

74:00

Foul by Paulo Machado (Olympiakos).

74:00

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:00

Attempt blocked. Djamel Abdoun (Olympiakos) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giannis Maniatis.

72:00

Giannis Maniatis (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:00

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

71:00

Attempt missed. Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

71:00

Substitution, Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

70:00

Attempt saved. David Fuster (Olympiakos) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

68:00

Offside, Arsenal. Laurent Koscielny tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

67:00

Substitution, Olympiakos. Djamel Abdoun replaces Leandro Greco.

67:00

Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:00

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

66:00

Attempt blocked. Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jose Holebas.

65:00

Corner, Olympiakos. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

63:00

Attempt missed. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Mikel Arteta with a cross following a set piece situation.

62:00

Pablo Contreras (Olympiakos) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:00

Foul by Pablo Contreras (Olympiakos).

62:00

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:00

Attempt missed. Konstantinos Mitroglou (Olympiakos) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Paulo Machado.

58:00

Offside, Arsenal. Mikel Arteta tries a through ball, but Lukas Podolski is caught offside.

58:00

Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Lukas Podolski is caught offside.

56:00

Goal! Arsenal 2, Olympiakos 1. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gervinho.

54:00

Attempt missed. Konstantinos Mitroglou (Olympiakos) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Greco.

54:00

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

54:00

David Fuster (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:00

Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:00

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

52:00

Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

50:00

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gervinho.

50:00

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:00

Foul by Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiakos).

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 1, Olympiakos 1.

45:00

First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Olympiakos 1.

45:00

Goal! Arsenal 1, Olympiakos 1. Konstantinos Mitroglou (Olympiakos) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leandro Greco with a cross.

44:00

Attempt saved. Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

43:00

Pablo Contreras (Olympiakos) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:00

Foul by Gervinho (Arsenal).

42:00

Goal! Arsenal 1, Olympiakos 0. Gervinho (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mikel Arteta.

41:00

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:00

Foul by Konstantinos Mitroglou (Olympiakos).

40:00

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:00

Foul by David Fuster (Olympiakos).

40:00

Attempt saved. Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:00

Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:00

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).

35:00

Attempt missed. Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Giannis Maniatis with a cross.

32:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leandro Greco.

31:00

Konstantinos Mitroglou (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:00

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

31:00

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:00

Foul by Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiakos).

31:00

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:00

Foul by Paulo Machado (Olympiakos).

30:00

Attempt saved. Konstantinos Mitroglou (Olympiakos) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paulo Machado.

29:00

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:00

Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:00

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

29:00

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lukas Podolski with a cross.

25:00

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).

25:00

David Fuster (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Dimitrios Siovas.

24:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:00

Delay in match Leandro Greco (Olympiakos) because of an injury.

23:00

Offside, Olympiakos. David Fuster tries a through ball, but Leandro Greco is caught offside.

22:00

Attempt missed. Konstantinos Mitroglou (Olympiakos) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paulo Machado with a cross.

20:00

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:00

Foul by Paulo Machado (Olympiakos).

13:00

Kostas Manolas (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:00

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

12:00

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

11:00

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:00

Foul by Kostas Manolas (Olympiakos).

10:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Dimitrios Siovas.

9:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Pablo Contreras.

6:00

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

6:00

Attempt missed. Paulo Machado (Olympiakos) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

5:00

Corner, Olympiakos. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

5:00

Attempt blocked. David Fuster (Olympiakos) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

4:00

Leandro Greco (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:00

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

4:00

Hand ball by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

3:00

Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:00

Foul by David Fuster (Olympiakos).

1:00

Offside, Arsenal. Carl Jenkinson tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

Match Preview

Arsenal will be looking to continue their rich run of form when they host Olympiacos in the second Champions League group game this Wednesday night. Arsenal have scored 13 goals in their last three home games – conceding just 6 and will fancy themselves against Greek side, Olympiakos.

Having beaten French champions Montpellier away – Arsenal have got off to a great start in this season's campaign. Conceding an early penalty – Arsenal scored a quick fire double courtesy of Lucas Podolski and Gervinho. With a draw against Manchester City , Arsene Wenger's side have surprised the majority so far and with this new look Gunner's side, they stand a strong chance to qualify, atleast.

Olympiakos on the other hand fell victim to a Klass Jan Huntelaar inspired Schalke 04. The German side ran out 2-1 victorious from a Huntelaar penalty – and with their first away win of this seasons campaign, Schalke will feel they are definitly contenders to top Group B. However, Olympiacos currently boast a perfect record to the start of there domestic league. With (4 wins from 4, and 12 goals scored) they should feel capabale of causing an upset at The Emirates.

Arsenal Last 5 Results: W – W – D – W - L

With 13 goals scored at The Emirates this season in all competitions, Arsenal have made their home ground a fortress. Much can be made of this new team Wenger has created, but the true reason behind this success is new assistant coach Steve Bould. The former Gunner's center back has come in to replace Pat Rice and Arsenal look formidable at the back.

A clever goal courtesy of Fernando Torres and Juan Mata's set pieces caused Arsenal their first loss of the season at The Emirates. If Arsenal are too have a successful campaign without the likes of Robin Van Persie and Alex Song – they will need to respond quickly – another three points in The Champions League would do well for The Gunners, who will be looking to top there group.

Having conceded six goals in the league this season, the Arsenal back four of old has been replaced with a new, organized and vocal defence that is crucial to any title challenge. Although at the start of the season they appeared to be struggling for goals – Arsenal have put that problem behind them. With a staggering 18 goals in all competitions this year, Olympiakos will need to tight in defence to stop Cazorla & co running riot.

Olympiakos Last 5 Results: W – W – L – W – W

Despite losing their opening Champions League game against Schalke – Olympiakos are in a good run of form themselves. Having a perfect start to the season with 15 points from 15– the defending Greek Champions have started their season emphatically and will be looking to get their European campaign started with a result agianst Arsenal.

With Rafik Djebbour on their cards, they are a threat to any side. The Algerian superstar already has 6 goals this season – just in the league. He will be Olympiakos' man leading from the front. The Greek side will have to look to him for goals if they are to get a results this Wednesday.

Arsenal v Olympiakos Head to Head Record: -

Arsenal and Olympiakos have met just four times in their long history, each side having two victories to their name. The most recent meeting saw Olympiakos victorious with a 3-1 win over Arsenal. However, Arsenal were victorious in the first game – with a 2-1 victory. The first meeting between these sides back in 2009, were also very similar. Arsenal winning the first game 2-0, only to lose the away fixture 1-0.

06/12/11 - Champions League – Olympiakos 3 – 1 Arsenal

29/09/11 - Champions League – Arsenal 2 – 1 Olympiakos

09/12/09 - Champions League – Olympiakos 1 – 0 Arsenal

30-09/09 - Champions League – Arsenal 2 – 0 Olympiakos

The Gunners have always played the home fixture first against Olympiakos and have not lost to Olympiakos at home, nor have they won away to The Greek Champions. If stats are anything to go by – we can expect an Arsenal win this Wednesday evening.

Player To Watch: Arsenal – Santi Cazorla

The Spanish summer acquisition has been a revelation at The Emirates this season. A two-footed, skillful typical Spanish player – Cazorla has been the signing to prove that Wenger has definitely not lost his touch in the transfer market. A player who has finally filled the void left by Fabregas, although with a bit of brawn in his favour, the midfield man is a typical Arsenal player.

With two assists and a goal in The Barclays Premier league already, Cazorla settled into the Arsenal first team immediately. Of course, Wenger knew this.

'We knew very quickly that Cazorla was not going to take six months to settle.' The Arsenal tactician has found himself a gem from Spanish side Malaga, and will look to him to re-ignite the desire & passion for trophies that Arsenal appear to have been missing for the last 7 years.

Player To Watch: Olympiakos - Rafik Djebbour

The Algerian striker has already scored 6 goals for Olympiakos in the Greek Super League and assisted his sides goal against Schalke. Djebbour will be looking to make a name for himself on the European stage and what better place to do it against English giants Arsenal.

The main man for Olympiakos, the Greek side will have to look to Djebbour if they are to earn there first away victory over Arsenal. Although with Arsenal having only shipped two goals at home this season – Djebbour will have to be on his best if he is to get a result for his side.

Probable Line Up: Arsenal - Mannone - Jenkinson - Koscielny - Vermaelen - Gibbs - Arteta - Cazorla - Diaby - Chamberlain - Gervinho - Podolski 

Probable Line Up: Olympiakos - Carroll - Torosidis - Papazoglou - Modesto - Holebas -  Machado - Fuster -Ibagaza - Abdoun - Mitroglou - Djebbour 

Predicted Score: 1-0

If stats are anything to by – expect Arsenal to win the first tie at home, just.

Olympiakos are yet to taste victory at Arsenal and the English side are looking dominant at home. Although Arsenal are scoring freely in The Barclays Premier League –  expect them to have a much tougher test against The Greek Champions.

Arsenal have scored two goals at home the last two times these sides have faced each other – and I believe that will continute on Wednesday night.

Match Report

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