Arsenal are a team who "don't want to defend".
That is according to Olympiakos striker Alfred Finnbogason, who scored his team's third and final goal in their recent shock 3-2 victory over the Gunners in the Champions League.
Having twice come back from a goal down, Finnbogason's 66th-minute strike came just 60 seconds after Alexis Sanchez had made it 2-2.
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Another shock defeat in their opening game against Dinamo Zagreb has left Arsenal rock bottom of their group and they now face an uphill task to qualify, including an essential victory over early favourites Bayern Munich.
But Arsene Wenger's men are unlikely to find the points they need unless they learn to close the door at the back. They have conceded five goals in their opening two Champions League games and will face a Bayern side that have scored 19 goals in their last five.
A weak defence
Finnbogason says Olympiakos planned for Arsenal's reluctance to defend and executed their tactics perfectly. Indeed, their first goal came from a well-drilled corner while their third took advantage of disorganisation in Arsenal's back line.
“The first corner is something we practise on the training pitch because we know they have no man on the edge of the box,” Finnbogason said, according to the Guardian.
“When you play against this team you know they’re going to have a lot of the ball. You have to defend well, have the lines tight and use your time when you have spaces. And you know you’re going to have spaces because they don’t want to defend. So our plan worked.”
“The first corner is something we practise on the training pitch because we know they have no man on the edge of the box"
"We should have done much better, especially having come back and had a lot of possession in the second half"
Per Mertesacker, who replaced Laurent Koscielny after he suffered a hamstring injury, admits that his Arsenal side were lacking concentration when the third goal went in.
“We rushed a bit and not everyone came back to a defensive position, like we should have done,” Mertesacker told reporters. “I felt we were a bit exposed. There was no one on the edge of the box. We should have done much better, especially having come back and had a lot of possession in the second half."
The Gunners face Manchester United on Sunday with anything but a win likely to irk the Emirates faithful further. Last season saw the Red Devils snatch a 2-1 win despite spending the majority of the game on the backfoot.