Olympiacos 3-1 Arsenal: 10 things we learned from our trip to Greece

By Graham McNorthbank

3-1 in what some would class as a meaningless game. To me it was more like one step forward, three steps back.

All in all it was a pretty poor display by the Gunners last night, but rather than go through a blow by blow account (when most self respecting Gooners have already watched the coverage), I’m going to take a leaf out of the book of others and look at 10 lessons we learned in Athens.

  1. Lukasz Fabianski doesn’t deserve to wear goalkeeper’s gloves, let alone an Arsenal shirt.
  2. Vito Mannone, despite an unfortunate attempt to clear the ball, deserves a run in the FA Cup to stake a claim as Arsenal’s second choice keeper.
  3. No matter what Arsenal paid to secure the services of Sebastien Squillaci (anywhere between £3-6m according to various reports), he ranks as Arsene Wenger’s worst buy. Come back Mikael Silvestre, all is forgiven.
  4. Islamic players can provide assists to Jewish team mates.
  5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grasps his opportunities when he is given the chance.
  6. Unlike Andrey Arshavin who, judging by his ability to only pass to players wearing opposition kit, seems to have forgotten what any of his team mates look like.
  7. If there’s someone hungover enough to wield a cheque book on New Year’s day, Marouane Chamakh should be sold. Bear in mind that even €1 will be a profit.
  8. Benayoun took his goal well, but we don’t have a second string striker who is anywhere near capable of troubling defenders.
  9. Our centre back issues have now been replaced, and then some, by our full back injury problems.
  10. Ju Young Park was bought to sell Arsenal shirts in Asia because he patently wasn’t bought to wear one.

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