Arsenal 1-2 Olympiacos
(2-2 on aggregate – Olympiacos won on away goals)
Courtesy of The Press Bureau – Mikel Arteta gave an honest assessment after his Arsenal side disappointingly slipped out of the UEFA Europa League to a determined Olympiacos outfit.
Arsenal held a single-goal advantage from the first leg in Athens. However, the Emirates Stadium was largely stunned when Pape Abou Cisse levelled the tie eight minutes after the break.
Shot-shy Arsenal struggled to break the Greek champions down, but they seized control of the contest thanks to a stunning overhead kick from skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in the second period of extra-time.
But just when it seemed as if the Gunners were going to edge over the line, disaster struck.
Bernd Leno needlessly gave away a corner in the games final minute and after the home side had failed to clear, Youssef El Arabi arrived to dramatically win it for the visitors.
Incredibly, Aubameyang missed a glorious opportunity to send Arsenal through with the games final action – the frontman somehow missing the target from close range after finding himself one-on-one with Olympiacos goalkeeper, Malheiro de Sá.
Arsenal now turn their attention to the Emirates FA Cup, facing Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Monday, March 2 (7:45pm).
Arsenal: Leno, Bellerín (Willock 84’), Mustafi (Papastathopoulos 103’), David Luiz, Saka, Ceballos, Xhaka, Pépé, Özil, Aubameyang, Lacazette (Martinelli 105’) Subs not used: Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Martínez, Guendouzi
Olympiacos: Malheiro de Sá, Elabdellaoui, Ba, Cissé, Tsimikas (Lovera 114’), Bouchalakis, Camara, dos Santos Torres (Papadopoulos 117’), Randjelovic (Masouras 77’), El-Arabi, Valbuena Subs not used: Torosidis, Karargyris, Bullari, Boialvo Gaspar
Referee: Davide Masse (Italy)
Assistants: Filippo Meli and Alberto Tegoni (both Italy)
Fourth Official: Piero Giacomelli (Italy)