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September 28, 2011 / benwolfson08

Champions League: Arsenal 2 — Olympiacos 1

Andre Santos celebrates his goal in the 20th minute for Arsenal. (Photo AFP, Glyn Kirk)

This week was another week of Champions League games and Greek team Olympiacos traveled to London to face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

I went to Shorts in downtown Iowa City, one of the only bars that shows soccer with my good friend, Alex, who is also an AFC fan.

The first half of the game was awesome as the starting line-up was without captain Robin van Persie who was being rested, but later came in in the second half.

Two new Gunners who started were Andre Santos and 18-year old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Chamberlain set the tempo earlier with his blazing pace and outdid defenders as he put the Gunners up 1-0 with his first Champions League goal in the eighth minute. After starring in the Carling Cup and for the England U-21 squad, Ox looked in control offensively this game and seemed confident playing on the outside against Olympiacos. One thing he needs to work on a great deal is his defending which was downright awful.

For the most part, the Arsenal team defense was putried. Alex Song was moved from midfield back to center-back where he played well alongside Mertesacker.

Arsenal on defending corner kicks have been awful. Olympiacos exploited the Gunners as they converted a header to cut the lead to 2-1 before halftime.

After half there were other goal-scoring opportunities that were narrowly missed, and thankfully AFC pulled off the 2-1 victory thanks to Santos’s first goal in an Arsenal uniform.

Elsewhere around the Champions League….

Arsenal was the only English team that won a Champions League game this season, while Manchester City got skunked 2-0 by Bayern Munich.

Manchested United was down 2-0 early before coming to a 3-3 draw with Basel.

Chelsea drew with Valencia today 1-1.

The biggest news of the night though was that striker Carlos Tevez of Manchester City refused to play against Bayern Munich in Man City’s 2-0 loss yesterday.

The 27-year old has been coming off the bench for MCFC despite winning the Golden Boot last season.

City boss, Roberto Mancini said in his post-game press conference that Tevez is “finished” with the club.

Tevez, won the Golden Boot last season as the EPL’s top scorer, but has been relegated to the bench after a summer in which he handed in a transfer request from Manchester City and City signed his replacement, Sergio Kun Aguero for £35 million from Athletico Madrid.

The Argentinian national was famously quoted saying this famous rant about Manchester when he tried to force his way out last January.

“There’s nothing to do in Manchester,” Tevez told the chat show. “There’s two restaurants and everything’s small. It rains all the time, you can’t go anywhere. There comes a moment where you say ‘where am I going to go with my family?’ and you begin to feel bad.

Tevez has become a cancer for Manchester City and his ego is hurting the team chemistry.

Yesterday Mancini had this to say on the matter.

“This can never happen at a top club that one player can refuse to help his team-mates in an important match like tonight.

“In the next day I’m sure I will speak with Khaldoon [al-Mubarak] because he is the chairman and he will decide everything but let me ask a question: Do you think at Bayern Munich a player would ever behave like this. At Milan? At Manchester United? No. That is the answer. It is the same for everyone.”

We’ll see what happens with the mercurial Tevez, but in the meantime let’s celebrate an Arsenal victory!


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