Olympiacos handed Arsenal their second straight defeat in the Champions League group stage as the Greeks beat the Gunners 3-2 at the Emirates on Tuesday.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had spoken prior to the game as this being a “must-win” game for the Gunners. But the Greeks came away with a shock away victory over Arsenal after a costly mistake by goalkeeper David Ospina.
Ospina was credited with an own goal after mishandling the ball in the 40th minute, to give Olympiacos a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.
Wenger spoke to arsenal.com after the game and said that they gave away some easy goals.
“Some aspects of our game were quite good but I thought we lacked quality defensive concentration and we played against Olympiacos who defended very well,” Wenger said. “I believe we had a bit of bad luck as well because they had four shots on target and scored three goals and that happens once in 100 Champions League games. The turning point was 2-2 and after a difficult start at 2-2 we gave them a goal and that was the turning point of the game. We gave a lot and had 65 per cent possession. We feel guilty because we gave easy goals away.”
Wenger also spoke about the decision to go with Ospina in net instead of Petr Cech.
“That is a simple thing,” Wenger said. “David Ospina played 19 games last season and kept 14 clean sheets and last week he had a fantastic game. No keeper is mistake free, it could have happened to Petr Cech as well.”
Arsenal are last in Group F with zero points after losses to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos. Next up for the Gunners in the Champions League is a double meeting with Bayern Munich.