Arsene Wenger impressed by young stars

Arsene Wenger - ArsenalArsenal manager Arsene Wenger was not overly disappointed by his side’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos, and highlighted the performances of his less experienced stars as encouraging.

The result left them as runners up to Schalke in Group B, with the German team claiming a draw away to Montpellier.

With qualification for the final 16 already guaranteed, the Frenchman decided to rest a number of his first-team regulars.

This contributed to the negative score-line, but Wenger was happy with the performances of some of his fringe players:

“Some of the young players did very well for an hour and that’s very positive,” he told SkySports.

“It wasn’t the result we wanted but it was a very encouraging game.”

The display of 20-year-old defender Jernade Meade was singled out by the manager as being particularly impressive:

“He tired late on but he was my pick,”

He was however unhappy at the manner in which his team conceded the equalising goal:

“It was a goal kick, simple as that. What a FIFA official is doing behind the line, nobody knows.

“It’s not the right decision but you have to cope with it. After that they scored a good goal.

Tomas Rosicky opened the scoring for the Londoners, before goals from Ioannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou sealing victory for the Greek side.