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Young Arsenal goes down to Olympiakos

A young Arsenal line-up has been beaten 1-0 by Olympiakos in the final group stage game of the Champions League.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger rested most of his first team regulars to give his kids a chance and although they were beaten by a 47th minute Leonardo strike, he was happy with how some of his teenagers acquitted themselves.

"I am very proud of the young players, there are a lot of positives," Wenger said.

"From Barnet to Athens is a big jump, but they did very well. Nobody was disappointing, and it is difficult to single out individual performances, although (Aaron) Ramsey had a good presence, gave good balls and produced a good work-rate.

"They all looked like they played every week in this competition. I had the performance I expected, but not the result we could have got.

"These youngsters play exactly like the first team, and they represented Arsenal well tonight, despite the fact that they are the youngest team to have played in the Champions League."

The loss did not dismantle Arsenal from top spot on the Group H table but the win ensured Olympiakos would join the North London club in the round of 16.



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