Olympiakos striker Alfred Finnbogason has revealed that the Greek champions plan to beat Arsenal on Wednesday worked – because the Gunners “don’t want to defend”.
After an uneventful opening half hour in which Arsene Wenger’s side rarely looked like scoring, Olympiakos took the lead through Felipe Pardo after a well worked corner routine found the Colombian outside the box.
Despite Theo Walcott’s immediate equaliser, the away team found themselves ahead again five minutes later when Kostas Fortounis’ corner was fumbled into his own goal by goalkeeper David Ospina.
The second half saw Alexis Sanchez head home from Theo Walcott’s cross but once again Arsenal were made to pay for slack defending just a minute later when Finnbogason put the Greeks ahead yet for the third time.
“The first corner is something we’ve practiced on the training pitch because we know Arsenal have no man outside the box”, said Finnbogason.
“When you play against these kind of teams you know they’re going to have a lot of the ball, but you have to defend well and be compact.
“You know there’s going to be spaces because they don’t want to defend, so I think our plan worked.”
The defeat is the first time that the club have lost their opening two games in the tournament, and means they will almost certainly need to beat Bayern Munich twice to progress.
Here’s how…Group H as it stands. Bayern Munich 6pts, Olympiakos 3pts, Dinamo Zagreb 3pts, Arsenal 0pts