Arsenal was defeated at home by Olympiakos Piraeus in the return leg of the Europa League 1/8 finals. Mikel Arteta’s charges were defeated 0:1 but advanced to the competition’s quarter-finals thanks to a 3:1 win in Greece last week.
At the Emirates Stadium, no goals were scored before halftime, despite both teams having chances. Nicolas Pepe scored into an empty net in the 18th minute, but the ball was blocked by Sokratis.
Youssef El Arabi was one-on-one with Bernd Leno in response, but the German goalkeeper interfered beautifully and prevented his team from missing the goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang crossed the crossbar with just Jose Sa in front of him a minute later.
The visitors eventually broke the deadlock less than a quarter of an hour after switching sides. Gabriel deflected El Arabi’s shot into the Arsenal net, fooling the London goalkeeper.
The Canaries had a chance to equalize in the 67th minute, but Hector Bellerin’s shot from a Martin Odegaard cross was an off goal. The same may be said for Odegaard’s attempt in the 76th minute of the game.
Aubameyang found himself in a one-on-one situation with the opposing goalkeeper ten minutes before the close of regulation time, but in an outstanding situation, he sent the ball a few meters from the line. Soon after, Ousseynou Ba was handed a second yellow card, which meant a red card, denying the visitors any possibility of making amends.
In the end, the result remained untouched, and after the loss, Arsenal progressed to the Europa League’s top eight.