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Arteta looks back at tense night against Olympiacos 0

Posted on March 19, 2021 by Harry Kettle

It was a tough night at the office for British clubs last night in the Europa League and while Arsenal may have progressed into the quarter-finals, they made a tough job of it. Olympiacos won 1-0 on the night with the Gunners taking the tie 3-2 on aggregate, but at times, it was far too close for comfort.

After the game manager Mikel Arteta spoke with the media as Arsenal, one way or the other, continue to build some kind of momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.

Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos second leg 0

Posted on March 18, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta knows and understands the importance of the UEFA Europa League this season. If the Gunners win it then it serves as a one way path back into the Champions League but as we’ve seen in the last few years, it’s not that simple. There are some real sharks in this competition and it’s going to be very difficult for Arsenal to go all the way, even though they’re still considered to be one of the favourites.

During his pre-match press conference ahead of the Round of 16 second leg against Olympiacos, Arteta spoke candidly about what lies ahead.

Aubameyang not guaranteed a start against Olympiacos – Arteta 0

Posted on March 17, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

It can’t have been an easy decision for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta when he left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the starting XI for the North-London Derby on Sunday. There will always be questions when you drop your best player and captain for an important game.

Aubameyang reportedly arrived late to the match, and the manager and his staff obviously saw that as a breach of pre-match protocols and refused to show any leeway to the 31-year-old despite his status at the club. He was left on the bench and remained there throughout the contest, and was later reported to have left the Emirates immediately after the final whistle, while the remaining unused substitutes performed the standard warm-down drill.

Arteta reacts to Olympiacos win 0

Posted on March 12, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal went into their tie against Olympiacos in search of revenge – and they’re halfway there. The Gunners were able to overcome adversity last night and beat the Greek giants 3-1 to give themselves a comfortable lead heading into the second leg. There’s no guarantee they’ll be able to hold onto it, of course, but it certainly gives them a good platform to build on as the season continues to heat up.

After the game, manager Mikel Arteta spoke with the media as the club prepares for the second leg.

Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos rematch 0

Posted on March 11, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal are still hanging around in the UEFA Europa League this season and while many feel as if it’ll be a tall task for them to win it all, you just never know what can happen if a team goes on a decent run of form. The Gunners will be hoping they can do just that all the way through to the final, but first, they need to get past old rivals Olympiacos in the Round of 16.

Before the game, manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the importance of this fixture and what it means for their season.

The Europa League focus 0

Posted on March 09, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal are having their fair share of problems right now in the Premier League and that much is an understatement. Moving forward, though, we think there’s a real way for the Gunners to save their season – and it’s the UEFA Europa League.

Arsenal are currently in the Round of 16 of the competition and this week, they’ll have a chance to gain a measure of revenge when they lock horns with Greek giants Olympiacos. In addition to a place in the quarter-finals being on the line, the confidence of beating the team that knocked you out one year prior is also in play.

Arsenal to face Olympiacos in Europa League round of 16 0

Posted on February 26, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have been drawn to face Greek side Olympiacos in the round of 16 of this seasons Europa League.

Having drawn the first leg 1-1 against Benfica last week, the Gunners managed to scrape a narrow win in the second, which was incidentally played at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, the home of Olympiacos in Athens. Mikel Arteta’s team took the lead in the 21st minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Benfica leveled through Diogo Concalves in the 43rd and turned the score upside-down through Rafa Silva just after the hour mark. It was now Arsenal’s turn to chase the tie, but fortunately Kieran Tierney leveled again in the 67th minute, before Aubameyang struck his second to send his team through with three minutes to go.

Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos clash – part 2 0

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On young players and what gives him confidence to use them against Olympiacos:
It’s part of the process. You don’t know until you expose them. They can have the best of intentions but they need to go to a stadium like this and when they make a mistake or a bad decision, have the courage to try again and play again. I want to see that in my players whether they are 17 or 35. That’s what I expect from them. If they keep trying, they have my full support. If they hide after that, I don’t like it. But from what I’ve seen up to now, every time they play on the field, they’re responding really, really well and that’s why I’m hoping and I’m sure they will do the same tomorrow.

Arteta looks ahead to Olympiacos clash – part 1 0

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On his first European cup game as a manager:
Well, it’s another big competition for us. The run that the club has been through in this competition and last year as well makes it really important for the objectives that we have for the season, and we know the type of game we are expecting tomorrow. Papa has made us even more aware of that, if we had any doubts. We have to be ready.

Team News: Ozil and Torreira left out of Greece trip 0

Posted on February 19, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

As Arsenal prepare to take on Olympiacos in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, it has been confirmed that both Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira aren’t available for selection.

Ozil has been given permission not to travel for personal reasons, and while the club haven’t provided any further details, BBC report that they “understand” the attacking midfielder’s wife is expected to give birth to their first child soon. As for Torreira, the Uruguay international is currently ill and has been left at home for that reason, though if by some chance he recovers in time, he could yet fly to Athens to join the team for the match.

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