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September 28, 2011 2:45 PM EDT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
Attendance:‬ 59676‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-1 Olympiakos

Oxlade-Chamberlain scores on his Champions League debut to become youngest Englishman ever to strike in Europe's elite competition, but hosts were made to sweat for victory.

By Wayne Veysey

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    162
    2
    3.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The overworked Pole had another busy night - and once again was not found wanting. Made a string of excellent reflex saves to restrict the Greeks to a single goal.

  • Bacary Sagna
    38
    62
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Arsenal's chronic defensive weaknesses proved contagious as even the normally reliable Frenchman made basic errors.

  • Per Mertesacker
    127
    5
    3.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Looked a little flat-footed at times but made some excellent interceptions and led the back line well in the second half to limit the opportunities for the visitors. Appears to be growing into his role of defensive leader.

  • Andre Santos
    88
    18
    3.00

    Andre Santos

    Showed his fondness for charging forward, highlighted by his persistence in scoring the second goal. But some of his positioning was poor and, at times, he looked like a left-winger playing at left back.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    68
    21
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Lacked the energy to support the front three and be a genuine goal threat but his passing was tidy throughout and his experience was important in closing the game out.

  • Mikel Arteta
    115
    3
    3.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Made on spectacular block on his own goalline in the first half and always did the simple things well. His vision ensured Arsenal had plenty of the ball in good positions.

  • Alex Song
    75
    23
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Deployed at center half because of Arsenal's defensive crisis and it showed. Got caught out of position regularly early on, although he settled down as the game progressed. Created Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal with a fine 50-yard pass.

  • Emmanuel Frimpong
    76
    12
    3.00

    Emmanuel Frimpong

    Showed far greater discipline than in his previous games for the club to justify his inclusion ahead of Coquelin. Made some important interceptions and his passing was simple but smooth.

  • Andrey Arshavin
    96
    19
    3.50

    Andrey Arshavin

    Hit the top of the crossbar with a cross-cum-shot on a night when his contribution was initially fitful in comparison with the rookie Oxlade-Chamberlain on the other flank. But he was far more effective in the second half with his directness and strong running. Received a warm reception when he was subbed.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    166
    6
    4.00

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Top of the Match

    Demonstrated his intelligence and coolness with a brilliantly taken goal on his Champions League debut and second in two starts for the club. His speed, vision and trickery on the right flank was astonishing for one so young and inexperienced. Received a standing ovation when he was subbed.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    63
    28
    3.00

    Marouane Chamakh

    Got into some excellent goalscoring positions with some clever movement but lacked sharpness in front of goal on a night when he could have registered a hatful.

Substitutions

  • Kieran Gibbs
    38
    11
    0.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Replaced Arshavin on the left flank and will be worried long-term about losing out to Santos for the left-back position.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    53
    15
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain to help Arsenal shore up the midfield.

  • Robin van Persie
    50
    8
    0.00

    Robin van Persie

    Given a huge reception from the home fans when he replaced Chamakh, no doubt in response to the worries about him putting contract negotiations on hold.

  • Franco Costanzo
    6
    12
    2.50

    Franco Costanzo

    His positioning was at fault for Santos' goal and, although he made some good saves, did not always look in full command of his box.

  • Olof Mellberg
    8
    8
    2.50

    Olof Mellberg

    The former Aston Villa man was the first person to score in a competitive fixture at Emirates Stadium but did not have the happiest of nights. Guilty of allowing too much space to Arsenal's nimble attackers.

  • Jose Holebas
    5
    7
    3.00

    Jose Holebas

    The left back was beaten all ends up by Oxlade-Chamberlain on a few occasions, although he was quite impressive going forward.

  • Marcano
    5
    7
    3.00

    Marcano

    Made some tigerish tackles but lived on his nerves at times and was susceptible to Arsenal's sharp counterattacks.

  • Vasilis Torosidis
    16
    11
    3.50

    Vasilis Torosidis

    The right back demonstrated good positional awareness and won a series of important tackles and headers. Nearly scored a second-half equalizer with a brilliant left-foot curling shot that cannoned off Szczesny's crossbar.

  • Ariel Miguel Ibagaza
    12
    7
    3.50

    Ariel Miguel Ibagaza

    The diminutive No.7 pulled the strings for his team in the playmaker role with his excellent touch and fine range of passing.

  • Ljubomir Fejsa
    13
    5
    3.00

    Ljubomir Fejsa

    Energetic display from the midfield anchorman, who ensured his team never ceded too much ground in the central acres.

  • David Fuster
    14
    6
    3.50

    David Fuster

    Shot wide when presented with a great opportunity to give the visitors an early lead but made amends with his superbly directed header to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

  • Orbaiz
    11
    8
    2.50

    Orbaiz Flop of the Match

    Struggled to assert himself in midfield and was unsurprisingly withdrawn midway through the second half.

  • Rafik Zoheir Djebbour
    9
    6
    3.50

    Rafik Zoheir Djebbour

    Will wonder how he did not get his name on the scoresheet after his double-miss from point blank range early on and a brilliant save from Szczesny kept out his thunderous strike shortly before half-time.

  • Kevin Mirallas
    11
    6
    3.50

    Kevin Mirallas

    Re-stationed from his normal center forward role to the left flank but demonstrated his versatility by troubling Sagna and launching a series of excellent long-range shots. Surprisingly subbed with 15 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • François Modesto
    5
    8
    3.00

    François Modesto

    The holding midfielder helped strengthen the Greek midfield in the later stages.

  • Giannis Potouridis
    5
    8
    0.00

    Giannis Potouridis

    Came close to creating an equalizer late on.

  • Marko Pantelic
    7
    8
    0.00

    Marko Pantelic

    Replaced the goalscorer Fuster with 10 minutes left.

Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
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Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2