A famous victory was sealed on Tuesday night, with Olympiacos beating Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.
Alfred Finnbogason stepped off the bench to score the winning goal, and has hailed the organisation of his side as they followed the blueprint on how to beat the Gunners perfectly.
“The first corner is something we’ve practiced on the training pitch because we know Arsenal have no man outside the box,” said Finnbogason, who wasn’t on the pitch when that goal was scored.
Lurking on the edge of the area, Felipe Pardo’s effort went in via the boot of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“When you play against these kind of teams you know they’re going to have a lot of the ball, but you have to defend well and be compact.
“You know there’s going to be spaces because they don’t want to defend, so I think our plan worked.”
Arsenal certainly looked unwilling to defend Finnbogason’s goal, which came just a minute after Alexis Sánchez had equalised. A dip in concentration proved to be costly, with the strike turning out to be the winner.
Since the beginning of April, Arsenal have won just two of eight away games. Chelsea, and at times Liverpool all sat deep at the Emirates Stadium to claim a draw, while Swansea and West Ham United have beaten Arsène Wenger’s men by adopting the same tactic.
Clearly some work needs to be done on how to break teams down.
(Quotes via Gooner Talk)