Arsenal were victorious in their second Champions League fixture as they run out 3-1 winners at The Emirates against Greek champions Olympiakos. Everything seemed to be in order for The Gunners after Gervinho had given the side a 1-0 lead with a driven shot from just outside the area.
But before half-time Olympiakos threatened and eventually that threat became very real when Greece international Kostas Mitroglou scored to see the Greek side go in to half-time all square with their North London hosts.
The second-half however saw Arsenal press forward and after good work by Gervinho down the left Lukas Podolski was at hand to finish, with a little assistance from the open legs of the opposing keeper.
The game was then capped off as Aaron Ramsey showed a quick set of heels and even more quick trail of thought to cutely lob the keeper and put the game to bed.
The war of words between France manager Didier Deschamps and Arsene Wenger has become even more heated as the French manager insists only he will decide who plays for Les Bleus. Wenger has insinuated that he warned the World Cup winning captain that Diaby needed more rest ahead of the fixtures with Belarus and Finland which has not been met with enthusiasm by the former Chelsea player.
Arsenal could set to bid big money for the player being labelled ‘the Croatian Messi’. Dinamo Zagreb’s Mateo Kovacic is reportedly being monitored by Arsenal’s scouts and has been for some while, according to reports in Hungary. Arsenal have previously done business with the Croatian club after signing Eduardo from them back in 2007.
Yet he is not the only Dinamo player being linked with a move to North London as they reportedly chase right-back Sime Vrsaljko. The Croatian international is also being chased by Sampdoria, Valencia and Manchester City, so Wenger will have to move fast for the skilful 20-year-old.
Aaron Ramsey believes he is getting back to near his best after a string of decent performances for Arsenal culminated in his goal-scoring performance against Olympiakos last night. The Welsh captain admitted that both on and off the field issues had plagued his ability to perform at the top level. While recovering from the physical and psychological scars of his horror leg break he also had to deal with the death of Wales manager and close mentor Gary Speed.
Arsenal players have been selected for international duty today for England and France. Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud have been named in the French squad and despite the lack of an expectant call-up for Carl Jenkinson he has not been included in Roy Hodgson’s side. However there has been an international recall for Kieran Gibbs while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott also retain their places in the team.
Mikel Arteta has told us that he is 'comfortable' with his new role in Arsenal's midfield. He was speaking after the club's 3-1 win over Olympiakos.
Chuks Aneke has finally had the continuation of his loan-spell at Crewe Alexandra ratified by the Football League. The Arsenal youngster spent much of his previous 4-week-spell watching from the sidelines while he served a three-game-ban but Arsenal will now hope he continues his development with The Railwaymen in League Two.
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