Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen was pleased to emerge from Wednesday’s testing Champions League clash with Greek champions Olympiakos at the Emirates Stadium with a victory to put his side two points clear of Schalke at the top of Group B.
The Gunners were not at their best in the first-half but came out for the second-half firing and thanks to goals from Lukas Podolski and, in injury time, Welshman Aaron Ramsey, Arsene Wenger’s men were able to emerge unscathed.
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“The second-half was better, in the first half we were sloppy sometimes with the passing, we lost a lot of balls,” Vermaelen said. “We started well, with a high tempo and that was great but then we dropped a little. I don’t think it was becuase of the weekend [the 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea], sometimes these things can happen. We did much better in the second-half.”
Following that defeat to Chelsea, Arsenal travel to West Ham, managed by perennial nemesis Sam Allardyce for a London derby at Upton Park looking to get their league form back on track, with the Gunners currently sitting in eighth position with nine points from six games.
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