Olympiacos vs Arsenal: The Gunners’ shock record against the Greek side

Arsenal are once more vying for Europa League glory and take on a familiar foe in Olympiacos in the round of 32, with the first leg of that clash LIVE on talkSPORT this Thursday evening.

The Gunners romped to a 3-0 defeat on their last visit to Greece thanks to an Olivier Giroud hat-trick in December 2015, but their head-to-head record against them is not as impressive as you might think.

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Mikel Arteta will be hoping to lead Arsenal to European glory

In fact the Gunners have lost as many games as they have won against Olympiacos in European competition, losing on their last three visitors overseas prior to their convincing victory five years ago.

It is worth noting none of those defeats have been particularly damaging for the Gunners, who qualified for the Champions League for 20 years running before ending the 2016/17 Premier League season in fifth place.

With that said the Gunners have won only three of their nine previous UEFA competition encounters in Greece, losing five of those.

That 3-0 victory in Piraeus four seasons ago ended a five-game winless run in the country (D1, L4).

Below, talkSPORT.com has ran you through each of Arsenal’s eight meetings with Olympiacos.

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2009/2010 – Arsenal 2-0 Olympiacos – Sep 29, 2009 – Champions League – Group H

The Gunners continued their 100 per cent start to their European campaign with a victory over Olympiacos in north London.

They dominated proceedings throughout, but needed late goals from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin to ensure them off victory.

Robin van Persie scored Arsenal’s opener in a 2-0 victory over Olympiacos

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Robin van Persie scored Arsenal’s opener in a 2-0 victory over Olympiacos

2009/2010 – Olympiacos 1-0 Arsenal – Dec 9, 2009 – Champions League – Group H

Their unbeaten Champions League run in Group H came to an end in in Greece after their youthful side were undone by Leonardo’s clinical second-half strike.

Arsene Wenger named his youngest-ever Champions League squad with ten teenagers among the travelling party with an average age of 20 for the final Group match.

Thomas Cruise was handed his first-team debut, while reserve-team captain Kyle Bartley was partnered with veteran Mikael Silvestre in defence.

The Greek champions only needed a point to qualify for the final 16, but prevailed with all three points after Leonardo poked the ball between the legs of Lukasz Fabianski two minutes after the interval.

Olympiacos celebrate beating the Gunners back in December 2009

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Olympiacos celebrate beating the Gunners back in December 2009

2011/2012 – Arsenal 2-1 Olympiacos – Sep 28, 2011 – Champions League – Group F

Wenger’s men got their Champions League campaign up and running by edging past Olympiacos at the Emirates.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put the hosts ahead in the eighth minute with his first Champions League goal, and soon after Andre Santos doubled their advantage.

Arsenal’s defensive frailties were exposed on 27 minutes when the Greeks worked a short corner to perfection with David Fuster heading home Ariel Ibagaza’s inch-perfect delivery.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first Champions goal against the Greek side

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first Champions goal against the Greek side

2011/2012 – Olympiacos 3-1 Arsenal – Dec 6, 2011 – Champions League – Group F

The Gunners suffered a disappointing defeat in Greece but still advanced to the last-16 of the Champions League after finishing Group F winners.

Goals by Rafik Djebbour, David Fuster and Francois Modesto earned the hosts victory – but they failed to progress after a dramatic Marseille win.

Yossi Benayoun netted Arsenal’s consolation from 15 yards, as Arsene Wenger marked his 200th European game as a manager with an abject loss.

David Fuster celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against the Gunners

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David Fuster celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against the Gunners

2012/2013 – Arsenal 3-1 Olympiacos – Oct 3, 2012 – Champions League – Group B

Arsenal recovered from an unconvincing first-half showing to see off Olympiacos and move top of Champions League Group B.

Gervinho gave the hosts the lead near the end of a tepid opening 45 minutes, with Kostas Mitroglou hitting back on the stroke of half-time with a superb header.

Lukas Podolski rifled the Gunners back infront, before substitute Aaron Ramsey’s smart flick extended their lead.

Lukas Podolski put the Gunners 2-1 ahead on the night

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Lukas Podolski put the Gunners 2-1 ahead on the night

2012/2013 – Olympiacos 2-1 Arsenal – Dec 4, 2012 – Champions League – Group B

The Gunners’ poor run of form continued as they surrendered a one-goal lead to lose against Olympiacos -missing out on finishing top of Champions League Group B.

An Arsenal side, which featured seven changes, started well and Tomas Rosicky slotted them ahead shortly before half-time.

The hosts equalised through a close-range finish by Giannis Maniatis and the turnaround was complete thanks to Kostas Mitroglou’s curling strike.

Arsene Wenger’s men missed out on top spot after losing 2-1 in Greece

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Arsene Wenger’s men missed out on top spot after losing 2-1 in Greece

2015/2016 – Arsenal 2-3 Olympiacos – Sep 29, 2015 – Champions League – Group F

The Gunners’ hopes of progressing past the Champions League group stages were in serious jeopardy after they slumped to their second successive group stage loss at home to Olympiacos.

David Ospina’s wretched own goal – dropping Kostas Fortounis’s corner into his own net after Theo Walcott had cancelled out Felipe Pardo’s deflected shot – summed up Arsenal’s display.

Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal brief hope with a 65th-minute header only for Alfred Finnbogason to restore Olympiakos’s lead within a minute.

Alfred Finnbogason sealed a first-ever win for Olympiacos at the Emirates in September 2015

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Alfred Finnbogason sealed a first-ever win for Olympiacos at the Emirates in September 2015

2015/2016 – Olympiacos 0-3 Arsenal – Dec 9, 2015 – Champions League – Group F

Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick enabled Arsenal to pip their hosts to the runners-up spot in the group on the head-to-head rule.

That secured the Gunners a 16th successive appearances in the Champions League knock-out phase.

Video: Olivier Giroud's fabulous hat-trick for Arsenal against Olympiakos

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Olivier Giroud took home the matchball after a brilliant treble in December 2015