Arsene Wenger refused to blame goalkeeper David Ospina after the Colombian, selected ahead of Petr Cech, conceded an embarrassing own goal that helped Olympiacos on the road to a 3-2 win at the Emirates.
Arsenal were made to pay a heavy price for a performance riddled with instances of abject defending even though they twice drew level against their Athenian opponents thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez.
With his side rooted to the bottom of Group F following consecutive defeats Wenger reflected on the carnage of another dismal European display.
“A goalkeeper can make a mistake; that doesn’t explain that we lose the game. It happened to Petr Čech already this season [against West Ham].
“It is still possible of course to qualify but it’s difficult to swallow losing a game like that. We lost it on a lack of defensive concentration and bad luck. They had four shots on goal and we conceded three goals.
“The turning point at 2-2 is we give them a goal again straight away. If it stays 2-2 for five minutes we win the game.”
Alas it didn’t. Nor do we count a corner as a fucking shot on goal…even if it results in your keeper dropping the ball over the line.
Anyway, Arsenal play Bayern Munich twice in the next five weeks, if it all goes tits up and we lose both – not hard to imagine given how slick Guardiola’s outfit are right now – then we could struggle to qualify for the Europa League in third place, let alone the knockout stages. Good times.