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Arsenal’s European woes continue.

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Arsenal fail to deliver on the European stage once again after suffering a shock 3-2 home defeat to Olympiakos, this now leaves the Gunners bottom of their Champions League group and with Bayern Munich up next it seems unlikely that the North London side will reach the last 16.

What is the issue with Arsenal when it comes to the Champions League? Is it their lack of big game players? Or is it the fact that Arsene Wenger does not have what it takes to win the Champions League? Many would agree with the latter.

It is clear that Arsenal struggle to compete with European giants, such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, but surely there can’t be any excuses for losing to the likes of Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.

Unsurprisingly, the first Olympiakos goal came from a set piece, no one picked up Pardo on the edge of the box, and it was his shot which was deflected in past Ospina to give the Greek side the lead. Just under two minutes later Arsenal grabbed an equaliser thanks to Theo Walcott, this was the Englishman’s fourth goal of this season.

Then came the decisive moment of the game, David Ospina dropped the ball from an Olympiakos corner, which was deemed to have gone over by the official behind the goal. There are question marks over whether the goal should have been given, nonetheless you cannot excuse the error made by the Columbian goal keeper. Was Wenger right to drop Petr Cech?

Alexis Sanchez also added to his goal tally for this season, heading home an equaliser for the Gunners in the 64th minute, but this was then cancelled out, Olympiakos substitute Finnbogason tapped home Pardo’s cross without a challenge to give Olympiakos their first win in England.

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