Arsenal late show as Van Persie breaks Greek resolve

<strong>ARSENAL (</strong><strong>2) </strong>vs <strong>OLYMPIACOS (0)</strong><br /><br />ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger enjoyed the luxury of shrugging off his side&rsquo;s wastefulness after late strikes from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin maintained their 100 per cent start in Europe.<br /><br />The Gunners allowed a host of chances to pass them by until the 78th minute, when Van Persie converted a cut-back from substitute Eduardo. Arshavin added gloss to the scoreline four minutes from time when, from a suspiciously offside position, he finished a Cesc Fabregas cross with a backheeled flourish.<br /><br />Following their almighty scare in the Group H opener at Standard Liege, it was the second successive Champions League fixture in which Arsenal made heavy weather of supposedly inferior opponents.<br /><br />Yet having gleaned maximum points to occupy top spot in the group, the Gunners boss, who celebrates 13 years in charge tomorrow, was able to disregard his side&rsquo;s failings.<br /><br />&ldquo;You always want your team to take every chance but you also know that is not always possible,&rdquo; said the Frenchman. &ldquo;But I am encouraged by the way we dominated the game &ndash; that is something outstanding at that level. It is of course frustrating when you don&rsquo;t take complete advantage of it, but it is very positive.&rdquo;<br /><br />Olympiacos entrusted silver-haired goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis, 38, with keeping the Gunners at bay, and although he succeeded for most of the game, he will surely have gone even greyer in the process.<br /><br />Arshavin was first to trouble the veteran stopper, before Fabregas crashed an effort off the bar and Nikopolidis showed his enduring agility to save Tomas Rosicky&rsquo;s follow-up. Russia forward Arshavin and skipper Fabregas were both denied again before Olympiacos mustered a tame header on target, and after the interval the barrage continued.<br /><br />Eduardo&rsquo;s introduction proved the catalyst, Fabregas playing in the Croatian to set up Van Persie, who could not miss.<br /><br />Suddenly yawning gaps appeared in the Greek champions&rsquo; backline and Arsenal scored a second they deserved on attacking merit, if not on the offside law, when Fabregas found Arshavin unmarked 10 yards out, and he flicked past Nikopolidis.