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Arsenal   2 - 0   Olympiakos

Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie celebrates after putting Arsenal ahead

By Chris Bevan

Arsenal needed late goals from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin to see off Olympiakos despite dominating their Champions League Group H clash.

The Gunners wasted a series of chances, with Cesc Fabregas firing against the bar and Antonis Nikopolidis making a succession of saves for the Greek side.

Van Persie finally broke the deadlock with 12 minutes left, slotting home Eduardo's cross after a neat move.

Arshavin made it 2-0 with a clever flick, despite appearing to be offside.

The win continues Arsenal's 100% start to their European campaign and they sit on top of their group after AZ Alkmaar drew with Standard Liege.

At times, their approach play was breathtaking, with Arshavin in particular standing out as he mixed crisp one-touch passing with the ability to run at - and often straight through - the visitors' defence.

But the Gunners' finishing was a different story and, although 38-year-old Nikopolidis made a string of stops, their failure to break the deadlock until the 78th minute was more down to poor finishing than any inspirational goalkeeping.

Arshavin was the first to test the former Greek international, firing in a first-time shot after a sublime pass by Fabregas was followed by some equally deft skill by Gael Clichy.

Nikopolidis was beaten soon afterwards when Fabregas sent his shot crashing against the crossbar, but he recovered to acrobatically keep out Tomas Rosicky's follow-up.

The chances continued to flow for Arsene Wenger's men, with Arshavin's low effort tipped wide after a mazy dribble into the box before Fabregas was denied again following another neat build-up.

It took Olympiakos 34 minutes to manage a meaningful attack of their own, with Vassilis Torosidis heading straight at Vito Mannone from Dudu's deep cross.

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But Arsenal were soon back on the attack and ended the half in the same way they began it, with Van Persie firing over before Vassiriki Diaby headed wastefully wide when unmarked in front of goal.

The Greek champions did fashion the first opening of the second half, with Mannone doing well to scoop away Olof Mellberg's header on his goalline as Vassilis Torosidis prepared to pounce.

But they spent the remainder of the game on the back-foot, desperately trying to contain wave after wave of attacks.

Nikopolidis made further stops from Van Persie and Diaby but the home side remained patient and eventually got their reward.

Fabregas slid subsitute Eduardo clear down the left and he squared the ball for Van Persie to slam the ball home from close range.

Olympiakos tried to respond but only succeeded in leaving gaps at the back and they were punished further with four minutes to go.

Arshavin appeared a yard offside when he skilfully turned in a low Fabregas cross but he deserved his goal after an impressive individual performance.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 2-0 Olympiakos FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Van Persie 78
  • Arshavin 86

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Olympiakos

    • 71 Nikopolidis
    • 04 Mellberg
    • 14 Zewlakow yellow card
    • 15 Raul Bravo yellow card
    • 21 Papadopoulos
    • 24 Leonardo (Oscar 82)
    • 35 Torosidis yellow card
    • 20 Dudu yellow card
    • 28 Ledesma (Mitroglou 79)
    • 10 Diogo
    • 11 Jaouad Zairi (Stoltidis 46)

    Substitutes

    • 78 Urko,
    • 03 Domi,
    • 05 Galitsios,
    • 06 Stoltidis,
    • 08 Oscar,
    • 33 Papadopoulos,
    • 22 Mitroglou
    Ref: LannoyAtt: 59,884
    ARSENAL
    OLYMPIAKOS

    Possession

    • Arsenal 55%
    • Olympiakos 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Arsenal 16
    • Olympiakos 3

    Attempts off target

    • Arsenal 5
    • Olympiakos 2

    Corners

    • Arsenal 10
    • Olympiakos 3

    Fouls

    • Arsenal 14
    • Olympiakos 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:03 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+1:20 Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on Kostas Mitroglou. Free kick crossed by Alexandro Searense Dudu, clearance made by William Gallas.
    • 89:55 Shot comes in from Alexandro Searense Dudu from the free kick.
    • 89:55 Booking Francesc Fabregas is cautioned.
    • 89:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexandro Searense Dudu by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 89:15 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alexandro Searense Dudu played to the near post.
    • 89:09 Vassilis Torosidis sends in a cross, William Gallas makes a clearance.
    • 88:19 Booking Sanfelix Raul Bravo goes into the referee's book.
    • 87:54 Francesc Fabregas produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 87:22 Short corner taken by Alexandro Searense Dudu.
    • 86:57 Alexandro Searense Dudu takes a shot. Alexandre Song Billong gets a block in.
    • 85:33 The assist for the goal came from Francesc Fabregas.
    • 85:33 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinArsenal 2 - 0 Olympiakos Andrey Arshavin fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Olympiacos.
    • 84:04 Substitution Aaron Ramsey on for Robin van Persie.
    • 81:44 Substitution Gonzalez Oscar on for Geraldo Leonardo.
    • 81:00 Carlos Alberto Vela sends in a cross, clearance made by Avraam Papadopoulos.
    • 79:19 Booking The referee cautions Vassilis Torosidis for dissent.
    • 78:49 Substitution Cristian Ledesma leaves the field to be replaced by Kostas Mitroglou.
    • 77:47 The assist for the goal came from Da Silva Eduardo.
    • 77:47 GOAL - Robin van PersieArsenal 1 - 0 Olympiakos Robin van Persie gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Olympiacos.
    • 77:43 Da Silva Eduardo delivers the ball,
    • 77:06 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Carlos Alberto Vela coming on for Vassiriki Diaby.
    • 76:54 Corner taken by Robin van Persie.
    • 76:31 Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Antonis Nikopolidis makes a save.
    • 76:05 Robin van Persie takes a short corner.
    • 73:31 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 72:50 Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 71:11 A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 70:47 The ball is crossed by Emmanuel Eboue.
    • 70:29 Gael Clichy delivers the ball, Olof Mellberg manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:13 Robin van Persie fouled by Avraam Papadopoulos, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andrey Arshavin, Luis Diogo makes a clearance.
    • 67:43 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Olof Mellberg gets a block in.
    • 67:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ieroklis Stoltidis on Emmanuel Eboue. Vito Mannone restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:22 Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 65:22 Substitution Da Silva Eduardo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tomas Rosicky.
    • 65:22 Booking Booking for Alexandro Searense Dudu for unsporting behaviour.
    • 65:17 Vassiriki Diaby fouled by Alexandro Searense Dudu, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 62:59 The ball is crossed by Vassiriki Diaby.
    • 60:57 Emmanuel Eboue sends in a cross, clearance by Michal Zewlakow.
    • 59:51 Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 58:08 Sanfelix Raul Bravo challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Robin van Persie, Header from close in by Thomas Vermaelen misses to the left of the goal.
    • 55:43 Unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Luis Diogo results in a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.
    • 55:33 The ball is crossed by Francesc Fabregas, save made by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 53:45 Gael Clichy fouled by Vassilis Torosidis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 52:05 Foul by Vassilis Torosidis on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
    • 51:42 Direct free kick taken by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 51:42 Booking Michal Zewlakow goes into the referee's book.
    • 51:29 Booking Robin van Persie receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 51:24 Robin van Persie challenges Michal Zewlakow unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 50:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antonis Nikopolidis by Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 50:35 Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 48:50 Corner taken by Alexandro Searense Dudu played to the near post, Olof Mellberg takes a shot. Save made by Vito Mannone.
    • 48:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexandre Song Billong on Alexandro Searense Dudu. Cristian Ledesma restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:13 Andrey Arshavin concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexandro Searense Dudu. Michal Zewlakow restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by Luis Diogo. Direct free kick taken by Vassiriki Diaby.
    • 45:39 Francesc Fabregas sends in a cross, clearance made by Sanfelix Raul Bravo.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Ieroklis Stoltidis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jaouad Zairi.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:23 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 44:02 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 43:31 Luis Diogo produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
    • 42:28 The ball is delivered by Jaouad Zairi.
    • 41:21 Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Headed effort from inside the area by Vassiriki Diaby misses to the left of the goal.
    • 40:36 Foul by Jaouad Zairi on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Francesc Fabregas crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 38:46 Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 38:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Francesc Fabregas on Antonis Nikopolidis. Antonis Nikopolidis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:35 Robin van Persie takes a shot. Antonis Nikopolidis makes a save.
    • 36:30 Thomas Vermaelen challenges Vassilis Torosidis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Olof Mellberg restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:18 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Olof Mellberg takes the indirect free kick.
    • 34:45 Effort from just outside the area by Robin van Persie goes over the target.
    • 33:47 The ball is crossed by Alexandro Searense Dudu, Vassilis Torosidis takes a shot. Vito Mannone makes a comfortable save.
    • 32:32 Foul by Luis Diogo on Alexandre Song Billong, free kick awarded. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:49 Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 30:36 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Cristian Ledesma gets a block in.
    • 29:40 The ball is delivered by Tomas Rosicky, save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 28:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Diogo by Alexandre Song Billong. Olof Mellberg takes the free kick.
    • 28:22 The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, clearance made by Avraam Papadopoulos.
    • 26:54 Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Avraam Papadopoulos, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 26:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexandro Searense Dudu on Tomas Rosicky. Free kick taken by Robin van Persie.
    • 25:53 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Clearance by Michal Zewlakow.
    • 24:05 Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanfelix Raul Bravo. Olof Mellberg restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:44 Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, clearance by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 23:06 The ball is crossed by Gael Clichy, Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Cristian Ledesma.
    • 22:55 The ball is delivered by Francesc Fabregas, Avraam Papadopoulos gets a block in.
    • 21:26 Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Antonis Nikopolidis makes a clearance.
    • 21:20 The ball is delivered by Vassiriki Diaby, Geraldo Leonardo gets a block in.
    • 19:27 Cristian Ledesma concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Strike on goal comes in from Tomas Rosicky from the free kick.
    • 18:54 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.
    • 18:09 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 17:14 Unfair challenge on Luis Diogo by Emmanuel Eboue results in a free kick. Sanfelix Raul Bravo restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:05 Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball, clearance by Cristian Ledesma.
    • 16:47 Luis Diogo concedes a free kick for a foul on William Gallas. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:02 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 15:39 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot.
    • 14:14 Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line, save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 13:39 Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vassilis Torosidis. Alexandro Searense Dudu takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:01 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 11:21 Jaouad Zairi produces a cross, Vito Mannone makes a save.
    • 10:55 Centre by Andrey Arshavin, Antonis Nikopolidis makes a save.
    • 7:54 A cross is delivered by Vassilis Torosidis.
    • 6:39 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by Vassilis Torosidis.
    • 4:06 The ball is swung over by Michal Zewlakow.
    • 2:26 Centre by Andrey Arshavin.
    • 2:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Diogo on William Gallas. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 0:16 Vassilis Torosidis fouled by Thomas Vermaelen, the ref awards a free kick. Alexandro Searense Dudu takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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