Olympiacos manager Marco Silva told the media that his side was never scared of facing Arsenal.
The Greek champions won 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night go second in Group F, and now have a great shot at getting out of a Champions League group which contains both Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
Despite facing such a daunting task, the Portuguese has said his team were never afraid of facing the Gunners.
“We were very concentrated on the game, very focused,” Silva said after the game. “The most important thing was for the players to give everything they had, to believe in themselves and never be scared.
“We were never scared, even when Arsenal scored. We always respect our opponents but we were never scared and never thought we couldn’t make it.”
Arsenal saw a lot of the ball but the amount of good opportunities created by Arsène Wenger’s side was limited.
On top of that, Olympiacos finished their chance well to net the winner after defection and a David Ospina howler had given them their first two goals.
“Whichever team comes here to win needs to know how to suffer, to put up with the pressure, and I think that was one of the key features here today,” Silva said. “We ran a lot and resisted when Arsenal tried to tire us, we were very well organised defensively and had very quick responses to Arsenal’s goals which was very important.
“We can’t set limits, we are here and our duty is to improve every day. We know that there are a lot of differences between our team and others like Bayern (Munich) and Arsenal.
“These kids believed they could take a win in this stadium and worked really hard for it.”
After moving to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, Arsenal didn’t lose a game to European opposition until the 2012/13 group stage. Since that defeat, which came against German side Schalke 04, the Gunners have lost six of 13 home games in the Champions League.
The latest defeats came at the hands of AS Monaco and Olympiacos, and Anderlecht battled back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with the Gunners.
Playing Arsenal has lost its fear factor.