Frustrating action must act as an example as Arsenal chase Europa League glory – Opinion


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.

Youssef El-Arabi was on hand to deliver yet more pain as he scored for the third consecutive game against the Gunners, however, with lesser repercussions.

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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.

In other news, Gareth Southgate must protect this Arsenal player from serious injury.

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