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The semi-dead rubber Group B clash in the UEFA Champions League between a second string Arsenal side and Olympiakos in Athens ended in a familiar script with the hosts Olympiakos edging out their London based opponents 2-1 in what turned out be a very open game. Arsenal opened the scoring with Czech international Tomas Rosicky slotting home with a wonderful strike from the edge of the penalty area. Trailing 1-0, the hosts came back with the perfect response in the second half with a Miniatis equalizer, having capitalized on a defensive mishap from a set piece.
That goal turned the tide in favour of Olympiakos as the home side pressed hard thereafter and produced a winner through Mitroglu. The result meant that Arsenal missed out on the opportunity to go top of their Group, however, considering the team that Arsene Wenger put out for the game it was clear that was not his priority on Tuesday night.
R Carroll: 6/10: The English Goalkeeper didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t have a great deal to do in the game overall but he pulled off one good save in the second half from Arshavin, which helped his side win the game.
D Diakite: 7/10: Diakite slotted in as a make-shift right back in the game but had a fine outing, defending stoutly and offering options going forward too.
V Torosidis: 6/10: The Olympiakos captain didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t have as influential an outing in his make shift position at left back but bagged an assist for the 1st goal.
P Contreras: 6/10: The experienced centre-back had a decent game in place of the normally preferred Siovas. He didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t have a great impact on the outcome but was solid when called upon.
Manolas: 6/10: Manolas partnered Contreras in the heart of the Olympiakos defence and despite not influencing the game in a big way, had a decent outing.
G. Miniatis: 8/10: The holding midfielder was one of the more influential players on the pitch for the hosts and also scored the equalizer for them, moving forward for the set piece.
L Greco: 6/10: Playing as the second holding midfielder for this game, Greco, had a decent outing, intercepting play and linking up with the forwards .
L Fejsa: 5/10: The central midfielder wasnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t at his best on the night. He didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t really hit his straps, losing possession many a time and not offering much in attack.
P Machado: 7/10: The attacking midfielder played well on the night. He was very influential and incisive with his passing, creating a couple of scoring opportunities.
D Abdoun: 7/10: The talented playmaker was subbed after 72 minutes but he didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t do his reputation an harm while on the pitch, causing some problems for ArsenalĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s defence.
R Djebbour: 5/10: The Olympiakos striker worked very hard to make things happen but it wasnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t his night as he failed to penetrate the Arsenal defence and scuffed a great chance to score in the second half.
D Fuster: 7/10 : He was lively in the 30 minutes he got to play, and helped Olympiakos up their game in the second half.
K Mitroglu: 8/10: Although he played for just 18 minutes, the unpredictable striker scored a superb goal to win his side he game.
A Ibagaza: N/A: He just had 8 minutes on the pitch and didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t make a notable impact.
W Szczesny: 7/10: despite conceding two goals, Szczesny was very good in goal for the Gunners and kept out a few good chances to keep his side in the game in the first 30 minutes.
C Jenkinson: 6/10: The 20 year old full back was lively on the night, making some darting runs on the right hand side and offering support to the forwards.
S Squillaci: 5/10: Having gotten a game after a long time, the former Monaco centre half looked rusty and lacked co-ordination with his fellow centre-half Thomas Vermaelen, which led to a couple of dangerous moments for the side.
T Vermaelen: 5/10: The Arsenal skipper too wasnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t his best on Tuesday as he couldnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t keep the Olympiakos forwards at bay for too long.
J Meade: 6/10: The young debutant had a very promising outing in Athens as looked calm and composed for the Gunners at left back, mopping up attacks tidily.
F Coquelin: 4/10: The Frenchman was poor in the holding midfield role for the Gunners as he wasnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t able to close down and put any sort of pressure on the Olympiakos attack.
A Ramsey: 6/10: The former Welsh captain had a very lively outing but failed to capitalize on a couple of scoring opportunities, especially in the first half.
T Rosicky: 8/10: The former Borussia Dortmund ace weaved his magic in the first half as he was easily the best player on the pitch. He topped off a classy display with a cool finish from the edge of the box leading up to half time but was subbed at the break, which lead to a drop in the level of play from Arsenal in the second half.
M Chamakh: 6/10: The Moroccan worked very hard up front for Arsenal and created a couple of opportunities with his headed knock downs and good link up play in the first half. He too though couldnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t sustain the level of his game in the second half.
Gervinho: 6/10: The Ivory Coast winger was good in patches on Tuesday night and while he grabbed the assist to RosickyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s goal, his link up play left a lot to be desired.
A Oxlade-Chamberlain: 4/10: The young England international had a forgettable outing as he failed to influence the game in anyway
A Arshavin: 5/10: Having come on for Rosicky at the start of the second half, the Russian failed to convert a big chance with his head, unmarked in the penalty area and couldnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t make the kind of impact his manager wished.
M Angha: N/A : The young defender came on at leftback for just 7 minutes and couldnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t make a notable impression.
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