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

Live Commentary

90mins

Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Olympiakos 1.

90mins

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.

90mins

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

90mins

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

89mins

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

89mins

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

88mins

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Dimitrios Siovas.

88mins

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

88mins

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Pablo Contreras.

86mins

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

86mins

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

85mins

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

84mins

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

84mins

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

83mins

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.

81mins

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

81mins

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

81mins

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

80mins

Substitution, Olympiakos. Marko Pantelic replaces Paulo Machado.

80mins

Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Lukas Podolski.

80mins

Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Gervinho.

77mins

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jose Holebas.

74mins

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

74mins

Foul by Paulo Machado (Olympiakos).

73mins

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

72mins

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

72mins

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

71mins

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

71mins

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

70mins

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

68mins

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

67mins

Substitution, Olympiakos. Djamel Abdoun replaces Leandro Greco.

67mins

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

67mins

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

66mins

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

65mins

Corner, Olympiakos. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

63mins

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.

62mins

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

62mins

Foul by Pablo Contreras (Olympiakos).

62mins

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

60mins

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.

58mins

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

58mins

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

56mins

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.

54mins

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

54mins

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

54mins

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

53mins

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

53mins

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

52mins

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

50mins

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

50mins

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

50mins

Foul by Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiakos).

45mins

Second Half begins Arsenal 1, Olympiakos 1.

45mins

First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Olympiakos 1.

45mins

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.

44mins

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

43mins

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

43mins

Foul by Gervinho (Arsenal).

42mins

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

41mins

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

41mins

Foul by Konstantinos Mitroglou (Olympiakos).

40mins

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

40mins

Foul by David Fuster (Olympiakos).

40mins

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

39mins

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

39mins

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).

35mins

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.

32mins

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leandro Greco.

31mins

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

31mins

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

31mins

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

31mins

Foul by Dimitrios Siovas (Olympiakos).

31mins

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

31mins

Foul by Paulo Machado (Olympiakos).

30mins

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

29mins

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

29mins

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

29mins

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

29mins

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

25mins

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).

25mins

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

25mins

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Dimitrios Siovas.

24mins

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23mins

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

23mins

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

22mins

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.

20mins

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

20mins

Foul by Paulo Machado (Olympiakos).

13mins

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

13mins

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

12mins

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.

11mins

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

11mins

Foul by Kostas Manolas (Olympiakos).

10mins

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Dimitrios Siovas.

9mins

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Pablo Contreras.

6mins

Foul by Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

6mins

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

5mins

Corner, Olympiakos. Conceded by Mikel Arteta.

5mins

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

4mins

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

4mins

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

4mins

Hand ball by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

3mins

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

3mins

Foul by David Fuster (Olympiakos).

1mins

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.

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