STAND-IN goalkeeper David Ospina had a night to forget as Arsenal slumped to a 3-2 home defeat against Olympiakos to leave their Champions League hopes in jeopardy.
Ospina dropped a corner into his own net to hand the Greek champions a 2-1 lead and, in general, failed to instil confidence in his backline. The club will now face back-to-back the juggernaut Bayern Munich and thier goal killer Lewandowski who had a hat-trick vs Zagreb 5-0. “I do not have to sit here and give you any explanation for every decision I make”. “We have to think we can deal with Zagreb and Olympiakos and we need a result in our next game away from home against Bayern Munich“.
Felipe Pardo opened the scoring before Theo Walcott equalised. He [Cech] had a slight alert before the game at Leicester. I didn’t want to take a gamble.
Louis van Gaal’s men have won their last three league games and came from a goal down against Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night to win 2-1.
A breakthrough came after 65 minutes when Walcott’s cross found Sanchez to guide a header into the bottom corner, but Arsenal fell asleep at the back and were behind 59 seconds later thanks to a close-range Alfred Finnbogason strike.
“We lost it on a lack of defensive concentration and bad luck”. They’re weak. The goals they give away… you’ve got no chance of winning any big game if you defend like that.
“I made the decisions and the selections for the team and I am responsible for them“.
But while fans and pundits have been calling out for Arsenal to add players with the very same work-rate and attitude that Wenger expects from his team in certain positions, the Frenchman has always thought his current crop had that in them themselves. “You can’t select a team by making a call before the game and getting everybody’s opinion”. 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?”
“After we scored it looked like we were not ready to win this game”, Mertesacker said in the London Evening Standard. Speaking ahead of the Manchester United game, Gabriel urged, “We just need to be calm”.
‘Why English clubs don’t play their best team beats me.