Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reacted on the Gunners’ stunning Europa League elimination at the hands of Olympiacos at Emirates stadium. The Gunners were left heartbroken after a stoppage-time goal sent them out of the Europa League on away goal.
The Arsenal manager, admitted it will be very hard for the Gunners to secure Champions League qualification via the Premier League after crashing out of the Europa League. The Gunners occupy 9th in the Epl table and they are 7 points behind Chelsea in 4th.
Arsenal won the first-leg 1-0 thanks to Lacazette’s second-half goal, but extra time was needed after Pape Abou Cisse’s restored parity for Olympiacos across two legs at the Emirates Stadium.
Aubameyang looked to have settled the contest. He scored one of the goals of the competition, an acrobatic finish into the top corner, within minutes remaining in extra time but Youssef El-Arabi’s silenced the Emirates stadium before the former surprisingly squandered a last gasp opportunity.
Winning the Europa League would have provided Arsenal access to the Champions League, having not played in Europe’s premier club competition since 2016-17, but the Gunners now face an uphill battle as they sit ninth in the Premier League seven points away from Chelsea in fourth.