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Emirates Stadium (ATT 59,676) 28th September 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Velasco Carballo

Arsenal Arsenal vs Olympiakos FC Olympiakos

Arsenal 2

A Oxlade-Chamberlain (8)
Andre Santos (20)

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Olympiakos 1

D Fuster (27)

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Last Updated at 9:36 pm, September 28th 2011

  1. 90+3

    The final whistle goes and the Gunners cling on for the victory.

  2. 90+2

    Ball cleared deep by Szczesny and it is up the right end as far as Arsenal are concerned.

  3. 90+1

    Song fouled deep in his own half and the pressure on Arsenal is relieved.

  4. 90

    Van Persie tries to make something happen on the edge of the Olympiakos area but Mellberg gets in the way.

  5. 89

    Djebbour fouls Arteta againand the Gunners then get another quick free-kick as Rosicky is hauled down at halfway.

  6. 88

    Pantelic tries his best to create an opening on the edge of the Arsenal area but Song does well once again and clears any danger.

  7. 87

    Holebas tries to outrun Sagna down the left but the latter gets a foot on to concede a throw.

  8. 86

    Rosicky tries to feed the ball through to Gibbs on the left but his pass is behind his team-mate.

  9. 84

    Djebbour goes into the book after a late tackle on Arteta.

  10. 83

    Arsenal make another change and this time it is Kieran Gibbs taking the place of Arshavin.

  11. 81

    Arteta goes for goal with the free-kick and Costanzo punches well clear of his area.

  12. 81

    Van Persie wins a free-kick on the left of the Olympiakos box after a hefty challenge from Mellberg.

  13. 79

    Another Olympiakos substitution with Marko Pantelic on in place of Fuster.

  14. 77

    More pressure from Olympiakos and Song forced to head clear from his own six-yard box.

  15. 75

    Djamel Abdoun and Francois Modesto are on as they replace Mirallas and Pablo Orbaiz.

  16. 74

    Oympiakos ready to make a doble change for the final 15 or so minutes.

  17. 73

    Djebbour battles well down the right but is eventually crowded out by two Arsenal defenders.

  18. 72

    Van Persie wriggles around in the box to make space and gets off a shot with his left foot but it hits a defender and is cleared.

  19. 71

    Arteta takes the free-kick and it comes off the wall and goes for a corner,

  20. 71

    The moderate Chamakh goes off and is replaced by Robin van Persie.

  21. 70

    Arshavin causes more problems and wins a free-kick 25 yards out after a foul by Fuster. The latter goes in the book.

  22. 69

    Better from Arshavin in the box and he manages to force a save from Costanzo with a to-poked effort.

  23. 68

    Song has looked the best of the Arsenal players at the back and once again tidies up.

  24. 67

    Arshavin tries to work the ball onto his left side but he is unable to get a shot away in the Greek box. Chamberlain goes off and is replaced by Aaron Ramsey.

  25. 66

    Corner on the left for Olympiakos and it is headed clear by Santos. Slight suspicion of handball in t e Arsenal area by Chamberlain.

  26. 64

    Fantastic effort from the right edge of the Arsenal area by Torosidis as his curling left-foot effort beats Szczesny and then rattles back off the bar.

  27. 63

    Rosicky looks for Santos but sloppily gives the ball away again as Arsenal try to push toward the Olympiakos box.

  28. 62

    Good run from Mirallas and he looks to be fouled 25 yards from the Arsenal goal but no free-kick is given.

  29. 61

    Cross from the right is almost met by Chamakh in the Greek box but Mellberg does enough to put him off.

  30. 60

    Shot by Arteta from 25 yards but it only manages to hit the hapless Chamakh on the edge of the area.

  31. 59

    Fuster tries to release Ariel Ibagaza in the Arsenal box but his effort is blocked before he can unleash a shot.

  32. 58

    Chamberlain outspeeds Holebas down the right and the latter is forced to haul him down but there is no free-kick and no second yellow for the left-back.

  33. 56

    Corner to Olympiakos on the right. It leads to a long distance shot from Holebas which goes miles over the bar.

  34. 55

    Olof Mellberg across well to stop Arteta but gives away the throw deep in the Olympiakos half. Arshavin crosses from the right but it bounces off the bar before reaching Chamakh. The ball had gone behind anyway for a goal-kick.

  35. 54

    Chamberlain crosses from the right but both Arshavin and Chamakh are unable to find a meaningful touch goalward.

  36. 52

    Chamberlain tries a nice liitle trick inside the Greek box after a pass from Sagna but it does not quite come off.

  37. 51

    The Gunners certainly upped their game a bit so far and are looking quicker to the ball as they close down Olympiakos.

  38. 50

    Great chance for Chamberlain, who gets through one-on-one with Costanza after a superb ball from Chamakh but the teenager can't lift the ball over the keeper.

  39. 49

    Holebas goes in the book after a foul on Chamakh.

  40. 48

    Mirallas tries a good attempt from outside the box and Czszesny is forced to dive across his goal to cover it although it does go wide.

  41. 47

    Good defending by Frimpong as he halts Torosidis but then he dives in a bit and gives away the free-kick in a good spot on the right for the Greeks.

  42. 46

    Handball by Frimpong down the right and Olympiakos get a free-kick.

  43. 46

    The Greeks get the second period under way.

  44. A lively and open first half and Sky Bet make Arsenal 1/4 with Olympiakos on offer at 12/1. The draw is 7/2. Chamakh is 6/1 to get the next goal while the impressive Mirallas is an 8/1 chance. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is 10/1 to add to his opener by netting next.

  45. 45+1

    That is it for the first half and the whistles goes.

  46. 45

    Sagna and Chamakh try to combine down the right but once again the latter is carless and gives away the ball.

  47. 44

    Throw on the right for Arsenal deep in their own half taken by Sagna.

  48. 43

    Good battling from Chamakh in the Olympiakos box but the ball deflects off him and goes into the arms of Costanzo.

  49. 42

    Ball skips up off the turf and on to the hand of Vassilis Torosidis and the whistle goes.

  50. 40

    Good pace down the right from Chamberlain and he delivers a fine cross but there is no-one on the end. Arshavin and Rosicky can't decide who is going to shoot and the ball is cleared.

  51. 39

    Mirallas shows great pace after pinching the ball off Sagna and he speeds into the box. He shoots under pressure from Mertesacker and Szczesny has to make the save.

  52. 38

    Chamakh and Holebas collide challenging for a high ball and the latter is left on the turf for a few seconds.

  53. 37

    Arteta whips in thecorner and Costanza punches clear. Olympiakos break well and Sagna has to be across sharply to clear. There was an offside and Arsenal can relieve the pressure.

  54. 36

    Santos wins a corner for Arsenal on the left.

  55. 35

    The free-kick is rather wasted and Arsenal clear comfortably. Olympiakos then get the ball back into the danger area again and Per Mertesacker has to clear once more.

  56. 34

    Sagna gives the ball away in midfield and Rosicky chases back only to foul Mirallas right on the edge of the Arsenal box and he goes in the book.

  57. 32

    Olympiakos break down the left again at pace and Frimpong has to concede a throw-in.

  58. 31

    Arteta delivers a good ball into the centre but it is cleared before the Spaniard commits a foul and Olympiakos can clear their lines.

  59. 30

    Sagna brought down on the right in a good position for the Gunners with Arteta set to deliver.

  60. 28

    Djebbour's shot requires a good save from Szczesny after Arsenal look very shaky at the back. The ball is delivered to the back post again after the corner and then flashes goalward and Szczesny is called into action once more.

  61. 27

    GOAL FUSTER: Straightforward for the Greeks as they can cross under no pressure on the left following a corner and a good header is well placed in the corner to beat Szczesny.

  62. 26

    Jose Holebas wins a corner for Olympiakos after his cross is deflected behind by Sagna.

  63. 26

    High boot from Rosicky and he gives away a free-kick.

  64. 25

    Fuster through on goal and tries to head home but the flag has gone up for offside.

  65. 24

    Another flowing move for Arsenal as Chamakh is put through by Arshavin but the striker's left-foot shot is dragged wide. It should have been 3-0.

  66. 23

    Great through ball from Frimpong but it finds Arshavin just a fraction offside.

  67. 22

    More Arsenal pressure and a corner which Chamakh just fails to get hold of and turn goalward.

  68. 20

    GOAL SANTOS: A first goal for the Gunners as he pounces on a rebound to fire home. He did much of the build-up work too as his cross just fails to find Chamakh but he is alert enough to pick up the second ball and score from close range.

  69. 19

    Chamberlain once again tries to create down the right flank but is outmuscled and loses the ball.

  70. 18

    Fuster tries to break but a strong challenge from Emmanuel Frimpong takes the ball off him and it rolls through to Szczesny.

  71. 17

    Santos fires a long ball forward from the left-nback position but it is too strong for any of the Arsenal front line and goes through to Franco Costanza.

  72. 16

    Olympiakos continue to press and a sloppy clerance by Song gives them a throw just inside the Arsenal half.

  73. 14

    Arteta saves a certain goal as he clears off the line from Rafik Djebbour. Awful defending from Arsenal after a corner and the chance drops to Djebbour two yards out but Artta some how makes the block.

  74. 12

    More skill from Chamberlain and his pass finds Arteta. He crosses and it is deflected behind for a corner. Arteta takes and Marouane Chamakh meets it with his head but it goes wide.

  75. 11

    Nice ball from Andrey Arshavin for Rosicky to chase but he is not quick enough and the danger is cleared.

  76. 11

    Ball over the top from the Greeks is headed clear from his own area by Song.

  77. 10

    Mikel Arteta delivers the corner but it is headed out for a throw which the Spaniard takes.

  78. 10

    Good cross from the right by Bacary Sagna and it is headed behind for an Arsenal corner.

  79. 8

    GOAL OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: No surprise as the teenager has impressed so far. He collects the ball on the edge of the area, beats one defender and calmly slots the ball into the corner with great aplomb.

  80. 7

    Chamberlain and Andre Santos combine then the Arsenal move breaks down as captain Tomas Rosicky loses the ball just outside the Greek area.

  81. 6

    Striker Kevin Mirallas caught offside so a free-kick to the home side.

  82. 6

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has the chance to chase a ball over the top but it is just too strong and goes behind for a goal-kick.

  83. 5

    Good pressing from the visitors and Arsenal are forced to keep possession across their back line.

  84. 3

    First chance of the game for Olympiakos after a good break down the right but David Fuster fires wide from 10 yards when the ball is crossed.

  85. 2

    Alex Song heads clear from just oustside his own area in his temporary role at centre-back.

  86. 1

    Arsenal are under way and an early ball back to Wojciech Szczesny in goal.

  87. Arsenal remain strong 8/15 favourites with Sky Bet despite their injury problems with Olympiacos 11/2 to win at the Emirates and a draw 3/1. In Robin van Persie's absence, Marouane Chamakh is 5/1 to break the deadlock while Kevin Miralles is rated as the visitor's biggest threat at 10/1 to score first.

  88. Pre-Match: Robin van Persie is only named among the substitutes as Arsenal looked to earn their first Champions League Group F win of the season against Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium tonight. With one eye on Sunday's north London derby at Tottenham, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger decided to leave the Dutchman on the substitutes' bench and opted for Marouane Chamakh to start up front for the third time this season. Wenger made six changes in total, one of which saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain make his Champions League debut against an Olympiacos team that included former Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg.

  89. The Arsenal team is: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Song, Andre Santos, Frimpong, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Fabianski, Park, van Persie, Ramsey, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Coquelin.

  90. The Olympiacos teams is: Costanzo, Torosidis, Mellberg, Marcano, Holebas, Orbaiz, Fejsa, Ibagaza, David Fuster, Djebbour, Mirallas. Subs: Megyeri, Modesto, Pantelic, Papadopoulos, Makoun, Potouridis, Abdoun.

  91. Good evening and welcome along to our coverage from the big game at the Emirates. If you have any thoughts on the outcome then drop me a line at david.john@bskyb.com

  92. Live updates will appear here from 1945BST ...

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