Europa League: Mikel Arteta reacts to Arsenal's defeat to Olympiacos
Europa League: Mikel Arteta reacts to Arsenal's defeat to Olympiacos
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Europa League: Mikel Arteta reacts to Arsenal's defeat to Olympiacos

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has hit out at the club's unacceptable defeat that saw them knocked out of Europa League by Greek side Olympiacos. 

Arsenal welcomed Olympiacos at the Emirates on Thursday night with an away goal that was scored by Alexandre Lacazette last week. However, the north London side conceded a second-half goal thanks to Pape Abou Cissé strike, forcing the match to go to extra time. 

Club's captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal ahead in the 113th minute with a brilliant strike but goalkeeper Bernd Leno committed a huge mistake with a minute to full time. He failed to clear the ball from a corner that saw the visitors swing it back in Arsenal's box and Youssef El-Arabi was in the right place to punish the Gunners from close range, securing a last-gasp victory. 

"Obviously he [Leno] could have kicked it out, but after that, there is another situation to defend," said Arteta.

"And it’s not only the first phase, it’s the second phase of that corner we concede and the player steps in and just taps the ball in the six-yard box which is unacceptable and something we have to improve on. We’ve done the most difficult thing to react after that and play against a team with 10 men behind the ball in 25 metres. Even at the end, we had an incredible opportunity to win it."

"If we would have gone through, energy-wise it would have given us a big lift again and bring everybody together. ‘It’s a big disappointment and I’m right behind the boys, the way they played, the way they tried, the effort that they put in the game was enormous and we have to move forward together."

 

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