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UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 8:34pm On Dec 03, 2012
This match will be Arsene Wenger's 150th Champions League match as Arsenal coach.

Defiant manager Arsene Wenger insisted there was no crisis at Arsenal.

The Gunners headed out to Athens for Tuesday's final Champions League Group B clash with Olympiacos on the back of a 2-0 home defeat by Swansea which was preceded by angry fans demonstrations and followed by reports of dressing room bust-ups as well as questions over Wenger's long-term position.

But Wenger said at Monday evening's UEFA press conference ahead of what is effectively a dead rubber: ``You should look a little bit at the statistics and not only read the newspapers. I only have one pressure and that is to win the next football game and to play the football I love.''

``All the rest, I don't think that affects me at all. You would be surprised,'' added Wenger, who has left several first-team players, including England duo Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, back in London and will pack the bench with youngsters.

``Nothing really happened (after Swansea). That the players are not happy after the game, do you want them to do a dance after we lost? I am more worried if I see players who laugh in the shower after a game that we lost.

``We are behind in the championship, we want to make ground back, we are qualified for 13 consecutive years in the Champions League, we are qualified in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup and we have our chances in the FA Cup like everyone else.''

Asked if he would swap places with Manchester City, who failed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League once again, the Arsenal manager said: ``No, for one simple reason. We have played 15 games, so we have 23 games to come back on them, but once you are out of a cup competition, you cannot come back in again.

``We can make up the distance in the league, but in the Champions League, you are either in or out.''

Wenger feels the likes of 18-year-old forward Zak Ansah, 19-year-old Swiss defenders Sead Hajrovic and Elton Monteiro as well as young English striker Chuba Akpom, 17, will all learn from the experience at the white-hot Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

``It gives us an opportunity to see some players who have played less,'' said Wenger.

``The pressure is a bit less big, but we will still want to win the game because we want to finish the job well and finish first in the group - we still have a chance to do that.''

Victory may not be enough for Arsenal to overtake leaders Schalke, who play at bottom club Montpellier.

Olympiacos have failed to reach the knockout stages following three defeats but are flying high in their domestic league after an unbeaten 13-match start to the new campaign.

Head coach Leonardo Jardim, though, insists Olympiacos will be fully focused on delivering a send-off for the vocal home support at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium ahead of the weekend's clash with fierce Athens rivals Panathinaikos.

``We have a couple of aims to fulfil, the first is to be one of the seeded teams in the Europa League draw, and the second target is to perform well to give happiness to our fans,'' Jardim told a press conference.

``Last year's win over Arsenal here can have no comparisons, because there are new individuals coming in.

``What we would just like to do is see this team repeat the same score once again.''

Jardim, however, accepts the visit to Panathinaikos is of more importance than Tuesday's outcome.

He said: ``I would like to have victories in both matches but if I have to choose one, then it would be against Panathinaikos.''

Jardim feels Olympiacos can head into the Europa League next year confident of making an impact on the latter stages.

``The Europa League will have some very strong teams, especially those like us who did not make it through in the Champions League,'' he said.

``If we can get into the last 16, then we have every possibility at hand to be one of the teams who will fight for the cup at the end.''

Defender Jose Holebas serves a one-game ban after collecting his third yellow card of the group stage on matchday five in the 1-0 defeat at group leaders Schalke, while Northern Ireland keeper Roy Carroll could come into the side to face the Gunners.

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Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 11:22am On Dec 04, 2012
ARSENAL DON QUALLIFY NA

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Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nasri100(m): 11:22am On Dec 04, 2012
weak squad but we can get 3pts come on Arsenal!

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Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by TableLeg(m): 11:52am On Dec 04, 2012
Will not be watching!
#WengerOut
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by onyxo76(m): 11:56am On Dec 04, 2012
Nasri100: weak squad but we can get 3pts come on Arsenal!
the 3 points you couldn't get against swansea with a strong squad, you intend to get with 6 of your key players rested? i wish you luck o!!!
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 11:59am On Dec 04, 2012
oya thomas eisfield,serge gnabry,chuks akpom,nico yennaris,maroune chamakh,andrei arshavin na una turn today

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Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by michealade(m): 12:00pm On Dec 04, 2012
Arsenal de dull me dis days
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 12:01pm On Dec 04, 2012
Table Leg :
Will not be watching!
#WengerOut
so if you dont watch i will leave gunners and join enyimba?.... You better wake up and stop claiming piers morgan on twitter here..mtewwwwww
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by bukahands(m): 12:41pm On Dec 04, 2012
R2bees: oya thomas eisfield,serge gnabry,chuks akpom,nico yennaris,maroune chamakh,andrei arshavin na una turn today

No eisfield nor gnabry
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 1:53pm On Dec 04, 2012
bukahands:

No eisfield nor gnabry
gosh,.. Why na?.. Wenger don name squad?
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by greall1: 1:56pm On Dec 04, 2012
Seun. There's also seria Fans on nairaland. update us about italia fixture and their live score
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by aieromon(m): 3:30pm On Dec 04, 2012
greall1: Seun. There's also seria Fans on nairaland. update us about italia fixture and their live score

Talk to Lady Mukina. Can't you see its only her team that is playing a UCL game tonite?

cool
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by jimino(m): 3:46pm On Dec 04, 2012
[color=#990000][/color]is time 4 mr wenger to leave arsenal, we dnt want him more. he is killing dis team, he has past his best, he shld leave arsenal and move on
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by biolabee(m): 8:12pm On Dec 04, 2012
arsenal to meet barca again
at least we go out to the best team in the world
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 8:27pm On Dec 04, 2012
biolabee: arsenal to meet barca again
at least we go out to the best team in the world
gosh... Are you serious?
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by McAdem: 8:31pm On Dec 04, 2012
Team in full: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Squillaci, Vermaelen, Meade, Rosicky, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Gervinho, Chamakh.

Subs: Shea, Monteiro, Hajrovic, Angha, Arshavin, Ansah, Akpom.

i pity this team
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Jeff148(m): 8:49pm On Dec 04, 2012
Nasri100: weak squad but we can get 3pts come on Arsenal!
deze gunner fanz dem sef
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by omodapson(m): 9:03pm On Dec 04, 2012
Is Ramsey a football player? undecided
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by dafman10(m): 9:06pm On Dec 04, 2012
omodapson: Is Ramsey a football player? undecided

He is an IDI.O.T. Ask Mr. Ibu
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by dafman10(m): 9:22pm On Dec 04, 2012
Make thunder fire gervinho
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by omodapson(m): 9:24pm On Dec 04, 2012
That's how you play. Thank God Rosiscky is back!
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by dafman10(m): 9:24pm On Dec 04, 2012
Roscisky weldone
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by omodapson(m): 9:25pm On Dec 04, 2012
dafman10:

He is an IDIOT. Ask Mr. Ibu

grin
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 9:30pm On Dec 04, 2012
See as the house is empty! Arsenal don nearly kee pipu finish.
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by cbjonstage(m): 9:33pm On Dec 04, 2012
and d score line is 0 - 1 in favor of arsenal HT... hahaha
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by cbjonstage(m): 9:37pm On Dec 04, 2012
onyxo76: the 3 points you couldn't get against swansea with a strong squad, you intend to get with 6 of your key players rested? i wish you luck o!!!

thank u for wishing us luck...and we ll smile at d end of today
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by biolabee(m): 10:06pm On Dec 04, 2012
R2bees: gosh... Are you serious?

why do u think im joking
schalke is leading
olympiacos just equalised

2nd is sure - Come Malaga, Barca, Bayern or Porto(i think?) or PSG
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by dafman10(m): 10:09pm On Dec 04, 2012
naijababe: See as the house is empty! Arsenal don nearly kee pipu finish.

hhaahhahahahahaha. Naijababe u no go kill me wit laf. Abeg wia our Arsenal chairlady dey? Hope she nefa kpeme?
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 10:11pm On Dec 04, 2012
Its 1-1 now. Maniatis has equalized for Olympiakos.
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 10:17pm On Dec 04, 2012
Its 2-1 to Olympiakos. Mitroglou has put the Greek side ahead. His mane sounds like a certain 'Mitt Romney' cool
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Maxlaw(m): 10:17pm On Dec 04, 2012
Its 2-1 pls update
Re: UCL: Olympiakos V Arsenal (2 - 1) On 4th December 2012 by Nobody: 10:37pm On Dec 04, 2012
Full Time: Olympiakos 2-1 Arsenal.

Schalke 04 tops the group, while the Gunners finish as runners-up.

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