Tuesday September 29, 2009 Group Stage: Group H Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 - 0 Olympiacos

  • van Persie 78’
  • Arshavin 86’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Olympiacos
    • 90'+3 There goes the final whistle! All over in London and Arsenal score a deserved victory! 2-0 it ends, thanks to goals from Van Persie and Arshavin!
    • 90'+1 Raul Bravo is booked too...
    • 90' Fabregas goes into the book for a wild, late challenge on Dudu... pointless, given the situation...
    • 88' Brilliant again from Arsenal as Vela breaks before feeding Arshavin, who turns and feeds Fabregas... but his shot is wide of the far post!
    • 87' Dudu wins a corner as his shot is deflected wide of Mannone's goal!
    • 86' GOAL! WHAT A FINISH BY ARSHAVIN! He starts the move and finishes it, backheeling a Fabregas cross into the back of the net, despite a strong hint of offside!
    • 85' Van Persie departs to a standing ovation as Aaron Ramsey comes on to tighten up the midfield.
    • 84' Mellberg goes down in a heap following a challenge with Vela... he looks in pain...
    • 83' Here comes another change... off goes Leonardo and on comes Oscar Gonzales....
    • 79' Olympiacos make a change... Ledesma was indeed hurt in that challenge, and he is replaced by Mitroglou.
    • 78' GOAL! THERE IT IS! Perhaps the most deserved goal ever, as Van Persie taps home Eduardo's cross from the by-line! Finally, Arsenal's domianance shows!
    • 78' Arsenal make another change... Carlos Vela enters the fray in place of Diaby.
    • 77' Arshavin then sees a shot deflected behind for another corner! Incessant Arsenal pressure!
    • 76' Nikopolidis is stretched to the limit as Van Persie's header is tipped round the post!
    • 75' Diaby looks to tread on Ledesma's ankle... and the Argentine stays down, perhaps to waste a little time...
    • 74' What a chance for Gallas! Must be! No! He conspires to miss! Arshavin is the architect, feeding Van Persie, whose shot is palmed straight to Gallas by Nikopolidis! But the Frenchman gets it stuck in his boots and by the time he recovers, so has the keeper, who makes the save! A raised flag on the far side spares Gallas some, but not all, blushes.
    • 71' But still Arsenal press... Eboue sends over a cross... it's cleared again, and there are the first signs of frustration from the home crowd... just under 20 minutes left to conjure something up.
    • 70' Lovely little scoop forward from Van Persie... Eduardo's there! But he can't bring it down quick enough and the chance goes begging...
    • 68' Gallas nearly gets caught with his pants down, as it were, as Leonardo gets back up off the floor to put the Frenchman under pressure. He deals with the danger well enough in the end.
    • 66' Arsenal make a change now as they seek a way through... off goes Rosicky and on comes Eduardo.
    • 66' Dudu gets his name taken for an indiscretion right under the nose of the ref....
    • 64'' Arsenal are just as dominant in terms of possession this half... yet still they can't find a way through...
    • 62' Song does really well to get to the by-line before pulling back for Arshavin! No! Not this time... the ball is scrambled clear.
    • 61' No, there isn't. Olympiacos clear their lines and Arsenal are frustrated once again... indeed, it will be interesting to see how long the crowd stays patient...
    • 60' Fabregas wins a corner off Raul Bravo and they'll be a chance to finally break the deadlock...
    • 58' Van Persie finds Vermaelen with a deep free-kick to the back stick... but it's a poor header from the Belgian and the ball bounces wide of the mark.
    • 55' Gallas ventures forward on a rare sortie over the halfway line... he exchanges passes with Arshavin before the move falls down...
    • 52' And Van Persie gets a yellow card for reacting badly to that missed chance and going in late on Zewlakow... it all kicks off as Olympiacos players surround the Dutchman... the Pole gets booked too.
    • 51' VAN PERSIE! Straight at Nikopolidis after a lovely flick on by Song!
    • 49' Arsenal in danger of going behind! Mannone comes to the rescue with a brave, scrambling to repel Mellberg's header! Another reminder that at 0-0, it's still anyone's game.
    • 46' One change to tell you about at the break... Olympiacos boss Zico has brought on Stoltidis for Zairi.
    • 46' Back underway at the Emirates!
    • 45'+1 And there goes the half-time whistle... Arsenal head without a goal to their name and the big question is 'how?'
    • 45' Late chance for the visitors to snatch something at the end of the first half... Diogo's waiting in the box, but it's over his head and the danger to Mannone's goal passes.
    • 43' Rosicky! Straight at Nikopolidis, who isn't really tested... in fact, he may have been busy this half, but he hasn't really had a difficult save to make.
    • 40' Fabregas sends over a deep free-kick... and again the keeper gets a hand to it and knocks it behind for a corner.
    • 38' Brilliant from Van Persie! He turns Raul Bravo inside out not once but twice before shooting on goal from a tight angle! Nikopolidis saves... again!
    • 36' Song is pulled up for a high-ish foot... the kind of challenge that is penalised in European football, but not really in the Premier League.
    • 35' Van Persie lashes one over the bar as Arsenal look to forget that moment at the other end...
    • 34' Ooh! Chance for Torosidis as Arsenal suffer a slight scare at the back! Clichy allows the ball to reach the Greece international at the back stick, but his header is straight at Mannone, who make a comfortable save - his first of the night!
    • 31' Ooh! Somehow the corner evades everyone, including Diaby and Vermaelen, before going out on the far side.
    • 30' Rosicky fancies his chances here... he lets fly... and wins a corner!
    • 28' Lovely cross into the box from Rosicky... Nikopolidis claims.
    • 26' Fabregas again weaves himself into a shooting position... again it's on target, but again Nikopolidis repels his effort!
    • 25' Twenty-five minutes gone, and it is safe to say that Arsenal have utterly dominated proceedings... but still no breakthrough...
    • 24' Rosicky and Raul Bravo clash in the air and the Olympiacos man looks slightly aggrieved, claiming the Arsenal man used his forearm.
    • 23' Look at this from Fabregas! Brilliant footwork sees him jink into the box... only his cutback doesn't find a red shirt!
    • 22' The Olympiacos keeper again comes out to meet a corner with his fist as Vermaelen lurks with intent.
    • 21' Fabregas takes it! But that's good defending by Zairi, who charges it down!
    • 20' Ledemsa is pulled up for a high foot... and Arsenal have a free-kick, 25 yards out, just to the left of centre...
    • 18' Arshavin! Another save by Nikopolidis after the Russian's nifty footwork forged a shooting chance!
    • 17' Surely an Arsenal goal cannot be too far away...
    • 16' OOOOH! So close to the opener! What an effort by Fabregas! He tees himself up for a barnstorming volley from the edge of the area that cannons back off the bar! Rosicky nearly scores from the rebound! Nikopolidis is forced into action again!
    • 14' Arsenal really are rampant at the moment! Nikopolidis again waves a big hand at a corner and diverts the ball away from the danger zone!
    • 13' ARSHAVIN! Ooh! Great stuff from Arsenal! A lovely passing move, including a great nutmeg from Clichy, ends with the ball finding the Russian on the edge of the box! But his effort is well saved by Nikopolidis!
    • 11' Nikopolidis has to be alert as he deals with a dangerous cross... he is, and the danger passes.
    • 10' Arshaving gets the bird from the visiting fans as he goes over to take a throw...
    • 9' Arsenal have dominated so far... they really look like they're up for this one!
    • 8' Here come Arenal again as Arshavin feeds Diaby on the left...
    • 6' Arshavin lets fly! It strikes an Olympiacos player, but the Gunners keep up the pressure...
    • 5' Arshavin gets forward now.. a palpable sense of excitement ripples through the stands... but the Russian's first touch is poor and Mellberg can come away with the ball...
    • 4' Some good, quick passing, typified by Van Persie here, who only just overhits a through pass to over the overlapping Clichy.
    • 2' It's been a bright opening from the hosts...
    • 1' Here we go! Underway at the Emirates!
    • - Former Aston Villa favourite Olof Mellberg features for the Greek side.
    • - So, Emmanuel Eboue comes in for Bacary Sagna while Tomas Rosicky is back in for Nicklas Bendtner.
    • - And tonight's referee is Stephane Lannoy (France).
    • - Olympiacos: Nikopolidis, Zewlakow, Avraam Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Raul Bravo, Ledesma, Torosidis, Dudu, Zairi, Leonardo, Diogo - Subs: Urko, Domi, Galitsios, Stoltidis, Oscar, Mitroglou, Giannis Papadopoulos
    • - The teams are in... here's how Arsenal line up: Mannone, Eboue, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Song Billong, Rosicky, Fabregas, Diaby, Arshavin, van Persie - Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Senderos, Eduardo, Vela, Ramsey, Gibbs
    • - Arsenal have played five previous home games against Greek teams, four of them against Panathinaikos, and remain unbeaten though they have never won by more than one goal and have had to settle for two draws.
    • - More team news as and when we get it.
    • - Anyone hoping to see how Matt Derbyshire is doing with his new club will be disappointed - he misses out with a groin strain.
    • - Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is out of contention for tonight's game after being involved in a minor road accident but Theo Walcott could feature.
    • - But the Greeks have an atrocious record in England, losing all eight games by at least a two-goal margin and scoring just once while conceding 27 goals.
    • - Olympiacos themselves have been in good form in this season's competition - Zico's side have won all five games, including qualifiers, without conceding a single goal.
    • - Arsene Wenger's side have been in great form of late, notching up four wins on the bounce after successive defeats to Manchester United and City.
    • - Two weeks ago, Eduardo netted a late winner as the Gunners came back from two goals down to beat Standard Liege 3-2 in their opening Group H clash. Read more here
    • - Arsenal welcome Olympiacos to the Emirates looking to build on their opening day win at Liege.
  • Summary

    • 88' Brilliant again from Arsenal as Vela breaks before feeding Arshavin, who turns and feeds Fabregas... but his shot is wide of the far post!
    • 86' GOAL! WHAT A FINISH BY ARSHAVIN! He starts the move and finishes it, backheeling a Fabregas cross into the back of the net, despite a strong hint of offside!
    • 78' GOAL! THERE IT IS! Perhaps the most deserved goal ever, as Van Persie taps home Eduardo's cross from the by-line! Finally, Arsenal's domianance shows!
    • 76' Nikopolidis is stretched to the limit as Van Persie's header is tipped round the post!
    • 74' What a chance for Gallas! Must be! No! He conspires to miss! Arshavin is the architect, feeding Van Persie, whose shot is palmed straight to Gallas by Nikopolidis! But the Frenchman gets it stuck in his boots and by the time he recovers, so has the keeper, who makes the save! A raised flag on the far side spares Gallas some, but not all, blushes.
    • 51' VAN PERSIE! Straight at Nikopolidis after a lovely flick on by Song!
    • 49' Arsenal in danger of going behind! Mannone comes to the rescue with a brave, scrambling to repel Mellberg's header! Another reminder that at 0-0, it's still anyone's game.
    • 45' Late chance for the visitors to snatch something at the end of the first half... Diogo's waiting in the box, but it's over his head and the danger to Mannone's goal passes.
    • 43' Rosicky! Straight at Nikopolidis, who isn't really tested... in fact, he may have been busy this half, but he hasn't really had a difficult save to make.
    • 38' Brilliant from Van Persie! He turns Raul Bravo inside out not once but twice before shooting on goal from a tight angle! Nikopolidis saves... again!
    • 35' Van Persie lashes one over the bar as Arsenal look to forget that moment at the other end...
    • 34' Ooh! Chance for Torosidis as Arsenal suffer a slight scare at the back! Clichy allows the ball to reach the Greece international at the back stick, but his header is straight at Mannone, who make a comfortable save - his first of the night!
    • 26' Fabregas again weaves himself into a shooting position... again it's on target, but again Nikopolidis repels his effort!
    • 18' Arshavin! Another save by Nikopolidis after the Russian's nifty footwork forged a shooting chance!
    • 16' OOOOH! So close to the opener! What an effort by Fabregas! He tees himself up for a barnstorming volley from the edge of the area that cannons back off the bar! Rosicky nearly scores from the rebound! Nikopolidis is forced into action again!
    • 13' ARSHAVIN! Ooh! Great stuff from Arsenal! A lovely passing move, including a great nutmeg from Clichy, ends with the ball finding the Russian on the edge of the box! But his effort is well saved by Nikopolidis!

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  • Arsenal

    Manager: Arsène Wenger

  • Olympiacos

    Manager: Zico

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