Arsenal defeated Olympiakos 3-1 in its second group game of the Champions League today and we are taking a look at how the Gunners performed during the game.
There were mixed moments for nearly every Arsenal player on the pitch, which made for a nervy affair for the fans.
While the result was a good one for the Gunners, it doesn't tell the full story. Arsenal made it hard for itself in the first half and ended up with a win thanks to a better second-half performance—enough to get a win, at least—which was capped of by a late goal.
Vito Mannone: 7
Could do nothing to stop Konstantinos Mitroglou's headed goal and will be wondering where the pressure was on the crosser. Had one or two nervy moments, passing towards Thomas Vermaelen when he had his back turned for one instance, but was solid for the most part.
Carl Jenkinson: 7
Got forward well throughout the majority of the game and dealt with his opponent well at the same time. The cross for Olympiakos' goal came from his side, but that was down to Gervinho not tracking back well enough.
Laurent Koscielny: 6
Lucky to not get sent off after a rash tackle in the first half. Improved in the second half and unlucky not to score off a set piece.
Thomas Vermaelen: 6
Like his central partner, Vermaelen wasn't at his best in the first with a giveaway leading to a solid chance for Olympiakos. Didn't do enough to put Mitroglou off from his header, but improved in the second.
Kieran Gibbs: 7.5
Gibbs was all over the place, in a good way, in this game. Got forward and was productive and very little attacking threat came down his side.
Mikel Arteta: 6.5
Not his usual influential self, but did enough in spurts to help his team to the win. Got the assist on Gervinho's goal.
Francis Coquelin: 6
Wasn't anonymous, but wasn't highly influential either. Had some decent moments and hopefully his injury late in the game isn't serious.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6.5
Was very lively early on and had some good moments on the ball. His threat lessened somewhat in the second half and he was replaced by Theo Walcott.
Santi Cazorla: 6.5
Wasn't able to pull the strings with ease during this game, but showed some great touches and vision as the game went on.
Lukas Podolski: 6.5
Podolski was on the fringes of the game for the majority of the first half, but he worked hard as usual and got his reward in the end with a well-struck finish.
Gervinho: 7.5 (Man of the Match)
The scoring run continues for Gervinho and it looks like he will continue to keep Olivier Giroud on the bench. Got an assist as well and had some decent movement throughout the game.
Theo Walcott: 7
Was very productive in his 20 minutes on the pitch. He worried the Olympiakos defense with his direct running and came close to setting up two goals in the process.
Olivier Giroud: 6.5
His misses this time around were just a case of being unlucky. Giroud put himself in good positions, but had a shot blocked and a really tough finish from a Walcott cross.
Aaron Ramsey: 6.5
Aaron Ramsey had a couple wayward passes, a few nice touches—his back-heel to Cazorla was sublime—and scored a fantastic goal.
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