Sanchez headed in an equaliser in the 65th minute but Alfred Finnbogason poked the visitors ahead once again just 59 seconds later.
Arsene Wenger’s side knew nothing other than victory would do after defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia in their opening game – and with two meetings with group favourites Bayern Munich still to come.
Wenger has built his reputation on his success in establishing Arsenal as Champions League perennials, leading them to the competition’s group stage 18 times in succession and to the knockout phase for the past 15 seasons. “You can not select the team by making a poll before the game and getting everybody’s opinion”.
“David Ospina played 19 games previous year, he kept 14 clean sheets, and last week at Tottenham he had a fantastic game”. No keeper is mistake-free.
Arsenal’s summer activity started and ended with the acquisition of Petr Cech from cross-town rivals Chelsea.
Quizzed about his team selection for Tuesday’s game, the Arsenal boss responded: “I don’t have to give an explanation about every decision I make”. I didn’t want to take a gamble but it is not because of that we lost the game.
Yet even if Arsenal lose their first four group matches, they could yet take their place in the first knock-out round, provided there are a set of extraordinary results elsewhere in the group.
“We had a bit of bad luck as well”. Labelling the decision “a big mistake”, former Arsenal striker turned BT Sport pundit Ian Wright, asked: “For somebody who’s not playing often – and this is a must-win game – how can you put Ospina in goal?”
Wenger chose to give David Ospina the nod between the sticks rather than regular first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech, but his decision backfired as Arsenal failed to beat the Greek outfit. We had scored a goal and then straight away we gave them another goal to make it 3-2.
Still it was the Greek side that went into halftime in the lead after Ospina’s howler, and the two teams traded quick goals again in the second half. If we are not disciplined and do not chase the ball we have got no chance. “We were the only team of any substance in Europe who didn’t sign a single outfield player“, he told talkSPORT.
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