The Straits Times
Published on Oct 04, 2012

Arsenal enjoy usual outcome against Olympiakos


LONDON (REUTERS) - A third Champions League group stage home win over Greek club Olympiakos in four seasons looked routine for Arsenal in the final reckoning but they were given a fright before grafting to a 3-1 victory on Wednesday.

Goals from Gervinho, Lukas Podolski and a stoppage time effort from substitute Aaron Ramsey put a glossy sheen on a performance that for 45 minutes would have had banished coach Arsene Wenger gnashing his teeth in the stands.

The two clubs have become regular rivals in the competition in recent years, with Arsenal comfortable at home and Olympiakos enjoying superiority on home soil.

That symmetry looked about to change in Group B on Wednesday, however, as a strangely subdued Arsenal offered the Greeks every encouragement to put to bed the repuation that they are poor travellers in Europe.