There was only one Greek God in Athens last night and his name was Olivier Giroud or Adonis as I shall now refer to him. I suspect that he would like that name and rightly so, three crucial goals that left Olympiakos to reflect on a night that turned into their own Greek tragedy while the mighty Arsenal go marching onto the knock out stages.
Now that’s what I call a cup tie, end to end stuff from the outset with no let up until the third goal was scored which allowed us to breathe a little more easily. I am still amazed at how the Greeks with a two goal advantage came onto us from the start with such numbers, as entertaining as it was it left their flanks vulnerable. I mean, if we had had a two goal advantage I would have expected every bus in Victoria Coach station to have been parked in front of our goal for protection. Still, maybe their plan was to get an early goal and kill the game off, they certainly threatened with some nail biting attacking football all of which worried me no end.
I must admit I feared the worst but all of a sudden after fifteen minutes Campbell, attacking down the right, pulled the ball back to Flamini who, although, unluckily hit the bar, made me think that there might be something in this for us.
We needed some luck and it arrived in the form of Giroud’s first, carrying on where he left of in the week end he met an excellent cross from Ramsey with his head which somehow found its way past their goalkeeper.
One – nil, game on, could this really be our night? We started the second half with renewed belief that we could pull off what every pundit thought impossible. Monreal and Campbell continued to make inroads down the flanks while Ozil was pulling the strings in his familiar attacking midfield role. It was the German’s excellent pass to Ramsey that enabled him to send in the cross for Giroud’s first and it was Ozil’s pass to Campbell whose sublime pass to Giroud enabled the Frenchman to score his second.
Giroud may rightly be the man of the match but the assist of the night has to go to Campbell; sublime pass doesn’t quite do it justice. I have to make way for Slim here to get the full effect: “Campbell opened em up like a tin of soup” Great stuff.
It started to become clear to me why Olympiakos didn’t just park the bus, they simply didn’t know how to. By this time we looked like we could score with pretty much with every attack and were deservedly given the opportunity to get a third and for Giroud to get his hat trick from a penalty that Adonis was never going to miss.
The defense was solid, Cech was imperious, Flamini and Ramsey worked tirelessly, Ozil was as classy as ever, Giroud did what Giroud was supposed to do, Theo was OK and Campbell arrived and what a time and game to arrive, Joel Campbell we salute you.
Thursday KO 18.00 FC Sion v Liverpool
Thursday KO 20.05 Tottenham v Monaco
Will you be watching?
NO YOU WONT, BECAUSE WE DON’T DO THURSDAY FOOTBALL.
Hahahahaha, what a great night to be an Arsenal supporter.