“It hurts, big time”: Mikel Arteta destroyed after watching his Arsenal-side crash from the Europa League
- The goal of Youssef El Arabi in the last minutes of extra time sent Arsenal outside
- Olympiacos advanced to the last 16 after goals after a 2-2 total draw
- The Gunners struggled to get going and fell in the night for a 2-1 defeat
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thought he had done enough to hold his side
Manager Mikel Arteta has revealed his pain after Arsenal has been crashed by Olympiacos from the Europa League.
The goal of Youssef El Arabi in the last minutes of extra time ensured that it was the Greek outfit that was on its way to the final 16 after goals after a 2-2 composite draw.
The Gunners struggled to get going and fell to a 2-1 defeat in the night, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thought he had done enough to send Arsenal on when he equalized an overhead kick in the second extra time period , after Pape Abou The header of Cisse brought the score in another 30 minutes.
Manager Mikel Arteta revealed his pain after Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League
Aubameyang then wasted a glorious opportunity to spare the blush of Arsenal after the decisive goal of El Arabi.
“It hurts, really,” Arteta said. “We had a lot of hope in this competition. It was a great way for us to go to Europe and it is a very nice competition to try and win.
“I think we’ve done a lot of positive things in the game. I think we’ve created enough chances to win the game, but if you admit two set pieces again in a tie like this, you’re in big trouble. “
Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno gave a cheap corner from which the visitors passed the ball before El Arabi turned Giorgos Masouras’ cross past the German.
Youssef El-Arabi scored a dramatic late winner in extension to beat Arsenal on Thursday
As to whether Leno could have done more, Arteta said: ‘Yes, it is clear that he could have kicked it out, but then there is another situation to defend.
“It is not only the first phase, but it is the second phase of that corner that we admit and the player gets in and just taps the ball into the six-yard box, which is unacceptable.
“It’s something we need to improve.”
Olympiacos boss Pedro Martins believed that his party got everything they deserved.
“I think we had two very difficult games against Arsenal against a bigger opponent,” he said.
“But from the start of our European Champions League trip so far we have earned it to continue – perhaps we have earned more from our game against Spurs (in the Champions League group stage) and perhaps we have gotten some we earned today. “
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (center) seems depressed and has missed a glorious opportunity