The Europa League last-16 stage threw up some real shock results as Arsenal escaped their own possibility of an early exit at the hands of Olympiacos.
3-1 up from the away leg in Athens, Mikel Arteta’s men produced what could well be labelled as their worst performance of the season as they were beaten 1-0 at home to the Greek giants.
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In all honesty, the team were lucky not to be on the end of a surprise like Tottenham Hotspur, who were dumped out by Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb.
But, there was a worrying theme from Thursday’s result which sent out a stark warning to Arteta ahead of the remainder of Europe’s second-tier tournament, complacency.
Arsenal’s ability to switch off when they hold a commanding lead is an incredible worry especially given how the club were handed a warning last season.
You’d have thought after getting knocked out by Olympiacos in the round of 32 stages only a year ago, the players would’ve performed better. However, it seems as though complacency runs deep in the veins of the players as they displayed a complete lack of hunger and desire.
With Manchester United, the toughest outfit left in the competition, Arsenal have a great chance of going all the way this time around. But, there needs to be a tougher mindset than what was shown during their dismal loss this week.