MX23RW : Saturday, March 23 05:27:53
Sep 29, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
2-3
Olympiacos
Walcott (35'), Sanchez (65')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Pardo (32'), Ospina (40' og.), Finnbogason (66')

Half-Time Report: Arsenal behind against Olympiacos

Arsenal are succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Olympiacos in Tuesday night's Champions League Group F clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Olympiacos in Tuesday night's Champions League Group F clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Felipe Pardo (L) of Olympiacos celebrates scoring his teams opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC at the Emirates Stadium on September 29, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.© Getty Images

Following a tentative start in North London, the hosts were first to threaten as Theo Walcott beat the offside trap seven minutes in and sent a short cross into space, but defender Alberto Botia was able to clear.

Three minutes later the Gunners managed to repel an Olympiacos free kick before launching a counter-attack which saw Walcott fire straight at opposition goalkeeper Roberto.

The visitors slowly grew into the game as, 22 minutes in, Pajtim Kasami skinned past Francis Coquelin and picked out Konstantinos Fortounis on the edge of the box, but the resulting shot sailed wide of David Ospina's left-hand post.

Arsenal's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) shoots but hits the side netting and misses the chance under pressure from Olympiakos's Brazilian defender Leandro Salino (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Arsenal © Getty Images

Arsenal began to struggle against their opponents and, just after the half-hour mark, found themselves a goal down when Felipe Pardo's effort at the edge of the hosts' box took a deflection off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and wrongfooted Ospina en route to the back of the net.

It didn't take long for Arsene Wenger's side to pull level, however, just three minutes elapsing before Alexis Sanchez marauded down the right before cutting back to Walcott, who showed great composure inside the box to rifle home.

Nevertheless Olympiacos would go on to end the half in the lead as, just five minutes before the break, Fortounis's corner was spilled by Ospina and, as he attempted to gather it, crossed the goalline.

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Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin (L) looks on as (L-R) Olympiakos's Greek defender Dimitris Siovas, Olympiakos's Colombian midfielder Felipe Pardo, Olympiakos's Brazilian defender Leandro Salino and Olympiakos's Spanish defender Alberto Botia ce
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