Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists his side can still qualify for the Champions League last 16 despite sitting pointless at the bottom of Group F after losing to Olympiakos.
was Arsenal’s second straight loss of the group stages, with two matches against Bayern Munich to come next.
“It leaves us in a bad position but we are still in it,” said Wenger.
“We have to get a result in our next game against Bayern Munich.”
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The Gunners dominated possession against the Greek side but went behind three times as Olympiakos secured their first win in England.
Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez cancelled out Felipe Pardo’s opener for the visitors and David Ospina’s own goal.
But just 59 seconds after Arsenal’s second equaliser, Alfred Finnbogason scored the winner.
When asked if it was his worst night in Europe, Wenger replied: “No. Sit on the bench and lose a final in 2006 and ask that question.”
What hope for Arsenal?
Tuesday’s loss meant Arsenal, who have got out of the group stage for the past 15 seasons, have lost their
for the first time in their history in the competition.
The last team to qualify from the group stage after losing their first two matches were Galatasaray in 2012-13. Only nine sides have done it in the competition’s history.
“We have to think we can deal with Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos away,” said Wenger. “Some aspects of our game were quite good but we lacked quality in our defensive concentration.
“The turning point was at 2-2. We had scored a goal and then straight away we gave them another goal to make it 3-2.
“We had 65% possession but we feel guilty because we gave easy goals away. We had a bit of bad luck as well. ”
“It’s a farce”
Goalkeeper David Ospina was selected ahead of number one Peter Cech and it was his inexplicable fumble that led to the visitors’ second goal.
Wenger grew increasingly tetchy during the post-match news conference when asked why he opted to play the Colombian.
The 27-year-old has yet to feature in the Premier League this season but played against Spurs in the League Cup.
“Ospina had a fantastic game at
last week. No keeper is mistake-free. It could have happened to Petr Cech as well,” said Wenger.
“I don’t give you why. I don’t have to give you an explanation about every decision I make. You are capable to judge it and I leave you to do that.
“Petr Cech had a slight injury alert before the Leicester game. I didn’t want to take a gamble but it is not because of that we lost the game. It’s a farce.”
Ospina played 23 games in all competitions last season and kept 10 clean sheets for Arsenal.
“I make the decisions for the team and I’m responsible for it,” Wenger continued.
“I know many things that maybe you don’t know and that you ignore. You can’t select a team by making a call before the game and getting everybody’s opinion.”
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