Arsenal star Olivier Giroud scored the opening goal of the game against Olympiakos in Greece on Wednesday night as the Gunners look to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
The visitors know that they have to win by two goals without reply, or by a score of 3-2 or better, in order to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament, and the tension certainly heightened as the deadlock was broken.
After Mesut Ozil set Aaron Ramsey free down the left flank with a wonderful pass, the Welshman found Giroud with a pinpoint cross before he did brilliantly to send his effort low into the corner.
However, Olympiakos goalkeeper Roberto will feel as though he could have better to deny the Arsenal striker, as it may go down as an own goal as after initially pushing the ball onto the post, it bounced back out and off the Spaniard before nestling into the back of the net.
The hosts will certainly be feeling the pressure as they cling on to second place in Group F, but it remains to be seen whether or not Wenger’s men can find the second goal that they need in order to progress and of course keep an all-important clean sheet to ensure that their task is less complicated.
Nevertheless, the opening goal would have settled any nerves that Wenger’s side may have had, while the Karaikkakis Stadium was undoubtedly silenced as the home faithful hope that their players can hold on and prevail.