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Arsenal's youngsters lose in Greece

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Benayoune scored his first Champions League goal for Arsenal (©GettyImages)
Benayoune scored his first Champions League goal for Arsenal (©GettyImages).

Arsenal’s Champions League group campaign ended with defeat to Greek champions Olympiakos.

With the likes of Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott and Wojciech Szczesny left out, Arsene Wenger opted to field an inexperienced side, with The Gunners already through to the knock-out phase, but with just a quarter of an hour gone the experiment turned into a disaster.

Rafik Djebbour curled home after being played in by Johan Djourou, while substitute goalkeeper Vito Mannone gifted David Fuster the second just before half-time.

Yossi Benayoun’s first Champions League goal for Arsenal put the visitors back in the game, but Francois Modesto made it three late on.

Wenger can live in the knowledge that while his young players may not have excelled in the club’s final group game, Arsenal had already done the hard graft in the previous five games, qualifying with a game to spare.

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