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December 4, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki — Pireás (Piraeus)
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
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Player Ratings: Olympiakos 2-1 Arsenal

The Gunners took the lead through Tomas Rosicky but were pegged back in the second half after Giannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou scored to hand the hosts victory

By Oliver Platt

  • Roy Carroll
    20
    3
    3.50

    Roy Carroll

    Assured in coming off his line and claiming catches and had no chance to stop Rosicky's clinical finish.

  • P. Contreras
    12
    3
    3.00

    P. Contreras

    Looked like he might struggle to deal with the pace Arsenal offered but generally did well to keep the attackers in front of him and anticipate and block penetrative passes.

  • Konstantinos Manolas
    15
    3
    3.00

    Konstantinos Manolas

    Aerially strong, winning the header that led to Maniatis' equaliser, and successfully kept Chamakh at bay and in less threatening positions.

  • Drissa Diakité
    14
    3
    3.00

    Drissa Diakité

    Sometimes clumsy in dangerous positions, gifting a golden chance to Ramsey that the Welshman squandered early on. But usually kept his winger at bay thereafter and made the occasional foray forward.

  • Vasilis Torosidis
    19
    3
    3.00

    Vasilis Torosidis

    Supported Abdoun to good effect when he attacked down the left but created some big gaps at full-back which Arsenal often attacked into and might have exploited more.

  • Giannis Maniatis
    13
    4
    3.00

    Giannis Maniatis

    Tried to be aggressive and break up play to mixed effect in midfield, occasionally leaving the Olympiakos defence unprotected and vulnerable to counterattacks, but bundled home their equaliser from close range.

  • Paulo Machado
    16
    3
    3.50

    Paulo Machado

    Drifted in and out of the game as most of Olympiakos' attacking play came down the left. But he did come close with a header and delivered one superb cross which Djebbour should have converted.

  • Ljubomir Fejsa
    8
    6
    2.50

    Ljubomir Fejsa

    Made the occasional break forward but the only time he really got into a decent position, he stabbed an awful shot into the side netting. Replaced by Fuster in the second half.

  • Leandro Greco
    10
    3
    3.50

    Leandro Greco

    Didn't grab the game by the scruff of the neck in the position behind the striker, but some of his touches were delightful and helped Abdoun move into dangerous positions.

  • Djamel Abdoun
    48
    3
    4.00

    Djamel Abdoun Top of the Match

    Easily Olympiakos' biggest threat. His dribbling was too much for many of the Arsenal players to deal with and his passing was penetrative too. Forced Szczesny into a couple of testing saves.

  • Rafik Zoheir Djebbour
    18
    7
    2.00

    Rafik Zoheir Djebbour

    Had little joy in forcing Vermaelen into a mistake and squandered the one good chance he did get when he headed wide from close range.

Substitutions

  • Ariel Miguel Ibagaza
    8
    5

    Ariel Miguel Ibagaza

    Added to the Olympiakos midfield late in the game.

  • David Fuster
    10
    6
    3.00

    David Fuster

    Looked bright in the hole, bringing Paulo Machado into the game more by drifting to more of a right-sided position after Greco had normally played on the left.

  • Konstantinos Mitroglou
    40
    4
    3.50

    Konstantinos Mitroglou

    Another goal threat for Arsenal to think about and almost immediately made the difference after replacing Abdoun. Guided a low, curling shot beyond Szczesny from 20 yards.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    51
    17
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Repelled everything that came his way, although most of his saves were routine ones. Usually kept a firm grip on the ball but parried to safety when he needed to. Saw out one difficult period when Olympiakos equalised with a couple of good saves that had him stretching. His visibility seemed to be impaired when Mitroglou shot across him because he was late reacting.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    43
    19
    3.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    His positioning for the first goal was poor, however the Belgian was strong at the back, dealing with the threat of Djebbour, who looked to play on his tail and sniff out chances in the box. Won plenty of headers and made an important interception to cut out a cross Djebbour would have converted in the first half.

  • Sébastien Squillaci
    11
    86
    2.00

    Sébastien Squillaci Flop of the Match

    Targeted by Olympiakos and he looked shaky. Struggled to deal with Abdoun's pace and was forced into some cynical fouls to stop Olympiakos attacks. Failed to mark Paulo Machado, who drew a save from Szczesny with his header before the hosts went on to score from the subsequent corner.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    19
    47
    2.00

    Carl Jenkinson

    Did not have a whole lot of support and struggled to deal with the interplay between Torossidis, Greco and Abdoun. Was lucky to see Djebbour miss the target after he got behind him to meet a cross.

  • Jernade Meade
    78
    8
    3.50

    Jernade Meade

    Confident at left-back, showing that he was not afraid to play his way out of trouble and hold on to possession. Made some strong tackles and did not give Paulo Machado too much space to play in.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    157
    7
    3.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Had a strong first half before being replaced by Arshavin at the break. The most composed Arsenal midfielder in possession and calmly swept home Gervinho's pass to give the Gunners the lead from just inside the penalty area.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    17
    87
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Showed some nice touches and movement in midfield but seemed to freeze as soon as he got near the opposition penalty area. Fluffed one superb chance early in the first half.

  • Francis Coquelin
    21
    43
    2.50

    Francis Coquelin

    Did not really provide adequate protection for Jenkinson or Squillaci. Could have anticipated that Vermaelen and Meade were holding up better on the left side than their partners across from them and given them more defensive help as a result.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    21
    47
    2.50

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Scrapped out a good chance early on but was disappointing thereafter. His control often let him down at vital times and he was susceptible to running the ball into difficult areas.

  • Gervinho
    14
    87
    3.00

    Gervinho

    Had been largely frustrating in his decision-making and final ball until he did well to turn back and pick out Rosicky for the opening goal. Continued to get himself into good positions but struggled to consistently turn his running into good chances.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    37
    50
    2.50

    Marouane Chamakh

    Provided a target for Arsenal and tried to do the right things, laying the ball off for midfielders and winning headers, but his touches were too frequently very clumsy.

Substitutions

  • Martin Angha
    20
    12

    Martin Angha

    Replaced Meade at left-back late in the game.

  • Andrey Arshavin
    66
    15
    3.00

    Andrey Arshavin

    Added some quality to the Arsenal attack, keeping hold of the ball better than many of his team-mates, but headed one good chance well over the crossbar.

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