Schalke haunt Arsenal in Champions League yet again with a 2-2 draw
Arsenal succumbed to another disappointing result in the Champions League last night. Arsene Wenger and his men were left to rue for a dozen of missed goal scoring opportunities they had against Schalke 04 in Germany.
The 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Schalke leaves Group B wide open. Schalke is on top of the table with eight points with Arsenal breathing down their neck just a point behind. Olympiakos is third with six points after their 3-1 victory over Montpellier. All teams still have a match in hand, which means anyone of the four teams can still qualify from the Knockout stage.
“It's an open group, I believe we are in a good position where you want to win your home game,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who will be hosting Montpellier in a fortnight’s time. Meanwhile, Olympiakos will travel to play against Schalke on the same night.
“Schalke have to win their game against Olympiakos as well, so it will probably come down to the last game,” Arsene Wenger added.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott squandered two easy chances to score the winner by hitting the post in the dying moments of the game and firing wide past Schalke goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall, which happened to be the last kick of the game.
“It's regrettable that we conceded a goal before the break, then missed a goal with the last chance of the game. They both had a great influence on the result,” Arsene Wenger confessed in an interview after the game.
Nonetheless, Arsenal recorded satisfactory performance. Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud did well in Arsenal’s attack. For Arsenal it was Theo Walcott who scored in the 18th minute with Oliver Giroud doubling Arsenal’s lead in the 26th minute.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar hit-back for Schalke just before halftime and Jefferson Farfan came up with the equalizer in the 67th minute.
“Theo [Walcott] did well, he had a positive attitude, he was the one you always felt who could have decided the game and it wasn't an accident that he had a chance to win the game in the last minute,” Arsene Wenger said.
“I felt overall we played reasonably well, but we dropped off in the second-half. I felt we showed a good response to Saturday's game (a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester United) and the team is getting better.”
Schalke were exceptionally impressive in the night. The German outfit had 20 shots on goal in comparison to Arsenal’s eight and could boast about the lion’s share of possession.