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UEFA Champions League

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

Arsenal 2-1 Olympiakos: Oxlade-Chamberlain becomes youngest English Champions League scorer as Santos’ first strike edges out Greeks

Arsenal 2-1 Olympiakos: Oxlade-Chamberlain becomes youngest English Champions League scorer as Santos’ first strike edges out Greeks

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Arsenal keep up its impressive home form in the Champions League with both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andre Santos getting their first European goals for Arsene Wenger’s side

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain announced himself to the European stage with his first goal during the Gunners' 2-1 Champions League victory over Greek side Olympiakos.

The victory also showed the Emirates side’s defensive weaknesses, as it failed to cope with the visitors' attacks and was bailed out by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who helped the English Premier League side secure all three points.

With less than eight minutes on the clock Arsenal went into the lead as makeshift center half Alex Song found young Oxlade-Chamberlain running from left to right and when the former Southampton winger got on the ball he beat a couple of Olympiakos defenders, before stroking the ball beyond Franco Costanzo and into the net.

Olympiakos should have got back on level terms just before the quarter of an hour mark as Fejsa had a shot blocked after a well worked corner, but the ball broke to Rafik Djebbour inside the six yard box, but he failed with two attempts, as firstly Arteta blocked, then he shot wide with the rebound.

That chance helped show that the visitors would be no pushovers and as such Arsenal pushed forward and took full command of the game as Andre Santos dashed down the left wing, before crossing in search of Marouane Chamakh, but the cross was blocked back to the Brazilian, who coolly finished from close in, doubling the Gunners lead.

The visitors searched for a way back into the game and were ultimately rewarded as a short corner involving Kevin Mirallas and Ariel Ibagaza, saw the experienced Argentinean cross for the unmarked Davis Fuster to head home to cut the deficit.

The Greeks had a pair of chances to level, but Szczesny bailed Arsenal out both times, and the match entered halftime at 2-1.

Chamber goal | Oxlade-Chamberlain gets his first Champions League goal

The visitors nearly opened the second half with an equalizer as Fuster found Mirallas with a free kick and found the edge of the area he stuck a shot that had Szczesny scrambling to his left hand side as the ball went just wide.

Moments later Oxlade-Chamberlain had a chance to claim his second of the game as he was found racing towards the penalty box by Chamakh, but unfortunately for the winger he could not find the target as Costanzo managed to save with his chest to prevent his side from going two behind.

The Greek side then had a superb chance to get on level terms as Djebbour found his captain Torossidis on the right wing, he then cut inside and whipped a vicious shot that cannoned off of Szczesny’s bar, with the Pole scrambling and away to safety.

With ten minutes remaining in the contest, Arsenal could have sealed the victory after Van Persie won a free kick on the left wing; Arteta curled it towards goal, with Costanzo punching the ball clear to safety for the Greek outfit.     

Wenger’s side managed to hold on for the reminder of the game to maintain its impressive home form in European competition at the Emirates Stadium.