“You have to win home games if you want to qualify; it is as simple as that”, he said.
“We can not afford to drop points now against anyone at home”, he said. “You look at the benches of the other teams in the Champions League they rotate their players, you can not play every three days without rotating your players that is a fact and we have to accept that”.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remonstrates with the assistant referee during the Arsenal v Olympiacos UEFA Champions League Group F match at Emirates Stadium, London, England.
Wenger, though, does not believe any definitives can yet be drawn.
“I really enjoyed my time at West Brom and playing in the Premier League, and although things did not work out as planned, I have no regrets”, he concluded. Is that an influence or not?
“It puts us in a bad position but we are still in it”, he added. It is more about what happens before. “Ospina played 19 games last season and kept 14 clean sheets. I will have to analyse that”.
“We had a hard game, we got back into the game well and then at 2-2 we gave them the 3-2 that was of course the turning point of the game“.
Walcott, and fellow striker Olivier Giroud were both on target, but the outstanding man on the day was Alexis Sanchez, who ended his wait to open his account for the campaign with a marvellous hat-trick.
Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes everyone can learn from the tenacious approach of the Chile man. It was just that on the night (against Zagreb) we didn’t play well.
“There’s not enough aerial supremacy in there and the goalkeeper seemed to me like he was trying to second-guess something”.
However, despite the fact that the Greek side had lost on all 12 previous visits to England, it was the visitors who took the lead from a hugely deflected Felipe Pardo shot.
Arsenal are on the brink of crashing out of the Champions League group stages after a shock 3-2 defeat to Olympiacos at the Emirates this evening. With a double-header against Bayern Munich to come, the Gunners are in very real danger of losing their remarkably consistent record of escaping the opening round of the competition. We tried to do our best and created good chances and a few were unlucky.
“We’re developing ourselves further as a team, defeats always rouse the team more“, he said.