Arsenal have suffered shocking Champions League group stage defeats before

Arsene Wenger has presided over significant losses at this stage before

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Arsenal's hopes of progressing in the Champions League were dealt a hammer blow on Tuesday night as Olympiacos triumphed 3-2 at the Emirates to make it back-to-back defeats in Group F for Arsene Wenger's side.

Here, we take a back at some of the significant losses Arsenal have suffered in the group stages of Europe's premier competition under Wenger's stewardship.

SPARTAK MOSCOW 4 ARSENAL 1 (November 22, 2000)

Russian side Spartak Moscow stunned the Gunners in the opening game of the second group stage in 2000-01. Silvinho put Wenger's charges in front, but the Gunner's usually water-tight rearguard at that time had an off-day at the Luzhniki Stadium. Marcao netted a brace, before Egor Titov and Luis Robson got in on the act to condemn the Londoners to a fourth defeat in six games. The Gunners recovered from that setback to go through as group runners up via the head-to-head rule, before being beaten in the quarter-finals by Valencia on away goals.

ARSENAL 0 INTER MILAN 3 (September 17, 2003)

The Invincibles might have reigned on the domestic front, but Wenger's piece de resistance was considerably more vulnerable in Europe. Given the fact Inter had reached the semi-finals the year before the result was hardly a shock at the time, but that was before Arsenal's remarkable undefeated Premier League campaign in 2003-04 unfolded. Julio Ricardo Cruz, Andy van der Meyde and Obafemi Martins did the damage during a destructive first half for Inter, who could have had an even bigger winning margin. With the score at 2-0 Thierry Henry also had a penalty saved by Francesco Toldo. The Gunners bounced back to win the group and progress, while Inter fell away and didn't reach the knockout phase.

 

SPORTING BRAGA 2 ARSENAL 0 (November 23, 2010)

Portuguese side Sporting Braga made a bad week even worse for Arsenal by stealing a late victory days after the Gunners blew a two-goal lead to lose against arch rivals Tottenham in the Premier League. Matheus did the damage for the Primeira Liga outfit, scoring a brace in the final 10 minutes of normal time. Wenger's side went into the game needing just a point to secure their last-16 berth and they would have fully expected to accrue it against a club that have never won their own top flight domestic league. Nevertheless Wenger's charges did ultimately progress in second place behind Shakhtar Donetsk. Braga went on to finish as runners up in the Europa League that year after missing out on Champions League knockout qualification.

OLYMPIACOS 3 ARSENAL 1 (December 6, 2011)

Beating Arsenal away from home might have broken new ground for Greek side Olympiacos on Tuesday, but they have made something of a habit out of triumphing over the Gunners on their own patch. They have beaten Arsenal three times in total at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium during Wenger's tenure, but it's their 3-1 victory in 2011 that was most impressive. Goals from Rafik Djebbour, David Fuster and Francois Modesto sealed the comfortable win for the Greeks, while Arsenal - who lost goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to a knee injury early on - got a consolation strike through Yossi Benayoun. Despite the defeat Arsenal still progressed as group winners, with Marseille finishing second as Olympiacos missed out.

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