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Arsenal fall to Olympiakos in UEFA Europa League 0

Posted on February 29, 2020 by Harry Kettle

There was always some concern that Arsenal were relying too heavily on the UEFA Europa League and that they needed to balance that out with what they were doing in the Premier League. Regardless of whether you believe that or not, there’s no denying the fact that they let their guard down in a big, big way against Olympiakos.

Not quite delivering

The Greek side lost the first leg 1-0 and didn’t seem to have all too much in their locker, but in the second leg, they were able to pick off an increasingly nervous Gunners side. You could see the magnitude of the situation getting to every single one of those Arsenal players, and it felt like that was the case for Mikel Arteta too after he made a series of schoolboy errors from a tactical point of view.

Arteta discusses disappointing Europa League exit – part 2 0

Posted on February 28, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On the team’s emotions:
I’ve seen all the boys and I know how much they wanted this competition. I’ve seen today the way they fight and the way we try to play and it’s a difficult one to digest as a team and as a club. This is football and sometimes it is very cruel when the emotions are right here [raises hand high], then in another moment they’re somewhere else [lowers hand]. You have to able to handle that if you want to be in this industry so now it’s up to us and up to me to bring this place back in and move forward.

Arteta discusses disappointing Europa League exit – part 1 0

Posted on February 28, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal fans around the world are waking up to a result that many didn’t anticipate – they’re out of the Europa League. After fighting back valiantly to seemingly setting up their place in the round of 16 in the competition, Olympiakos hit them where it hurts in the dying minutes of the game to knock the Gunners out once and for all on away goals.

After the game, manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the result and what it means in the context of their campaign.

Arteta & Lacazette preview Olympiakos clash – part 2 0

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On the physicality of the Premier League:
MA – I have said how condensed the calendar is in December and January, normally when you get to February, you start to suffer and pay the price. Normally after the international break in March teams are fresher again to get back the end of the season. It’s part of the process, it’s why this league is so demanding and so nice to play in as well because you have so many games but physically it’s tough.

Arteta & Lacazette preview Olympiakos clash – part 1 0

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Harry Kettle

In the wake of their narrow 1-0 win over in Greece, Arsenal will attempt to secure their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League when they host Olympiakos at the Emirates tonight. Prior to the game, Mikel Arteta and Alexandre Lacazette spoke with the media as the Gunners aim to keep their road to Gdansk going strong.

Arsenal edge past Olympiakos 0

Posted on February 22, 2020 by Harry Kettle

The hope and expectation for the game against Olympiakos on Thursday night was that Arsenal wouldn’t make things too hard for themselves and that they’d pick up a comfortable victory heading into the second leg. While the scoreline may not suggest comfort, the good old ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ rang true once again as the Gunners beat the Greek side to establish a lead ahead of next week’s tie at the Emirates.

Arsenal draw Olympiakos in UEFA Europa League 0

Posted on December 18, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal’s hopes of securing a place in the UEFA Champions League next season via the top four seem to be slipping further and further away with each and every passing game. However, despite that, some fans are still hopeful that they can get the job done – but not in the way that many had hoped.

They’re still going strong in the UEFA Europa League which, as we all know, is a competition in which they’ve fallen in the semi-final and final over the course of the last two years. While they’ll hope that their past doesn’t define their future, there’s a real possibility that this season’s competition is going to be even trickier than the last.

Arsenal’s Champions League draw could go either way 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by David Nugent

The draw for the group stages of the Champions League will take place at 5PM today. The Gunners will be expected to make it out of their group whatever happens, as they have done for the last 16 years.

In truth, the Gunners draw could be difficult or it could be comfortable. How the side from north London do in the competition will be determined by their draw.

A comfortable draw last season

Talking about comfortable draws, last season looked to be a comfortable draw for the Gunners, as they were drawn alongside the likes of Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb, with Bayern Munich inevitable group winners of course.

Aston Villa v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 12, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal travels to rock-bottom Aston Villa in the early Premier League kick-off on Sunday hoping to maintain touch with the leading pack at the top.

Villa find themselves bottom of the Premier League after winning just one of their top-flight games this season. The Villans only league win came on the opening game of the season at top-flight new boys Bournemouth.  Villa’s current 14-game run without a win is the longest in the history of the club.

Last time out Villa did end a run of defeats with a very creditable 1-1 draw at Southampton, which they will hope will lift spirits at the beleaguered Midlands outfit.

Much maligned Olivier Giroud deserves immense credit 1

Posted on December 10, 2015 by David Nugent

In the past the lack of a so-called world class striker has been regarded as the reason why the Gunners have not won the Premier League title. Every time that is said French striker Olivier Giroud must die inside a bit!

On Wednesday night though the former-Montpellier striker was the hero as he grabbed a hat-trick in the Gunners 3-0 defeat of Olympiakos, which saw Arsene Wenger’s side through to the knockout stages of the Champions League against all odds.

Proving his worth

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