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18/03/21
Emirates Stadium
Europa League • Last 16
  • 2nd Half
  • Arsenal
  • Olympiacos
  • Tierney
    90'
  • Xhaka
    86'
  • ReabciukLala
    84'
  • FortounisBouchalakis
    84'
  • Ba
    83'
  • Ba
    82'
  • Smith RoweMartinelli
    81'
  • BellerínChambers
    81'
  • M'Vila
    73'
  • AndroutsosRandelovic
    64'
  • MasourasBruma
    63'
  • CeballosØdegaard
    57'
  • ElnenyPartey
    57'
  • El Arabi
    51'
  • 1st Half
  • Arsenal
  • Olympiacos
  • Androutsos
    35'
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Arsenal - Olympiacos

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  • End of 2nd Half
90+3' 

FT: Arsenal 0-1 Olympiakos (agg: 3-2) Arsenal sneak through to the Europa League quarter finals for the third time in four seasons, but it is far from convincing. The Gunners should have made it safe, missing a host of chances, but they still get the job done regardless. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight.

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Meanwhile...

90+2'

Tierney takes an age to take a throw in, and is booked for his troubles!

90' 

Three minutes of added time here.

89'

SAVE! Martinelli squares for Aubameyang, who flicks for goal, but again Sa makes the save.

87'

Carda aplenty here as Xhaka is next into the referee's notebook.

  • Kenny Lala
    OffOleg ReabciukOlympiacosLate change as Kenny Lala replaces Reabciuk for the visitors.
  • Kenny Lala
    OnKenny LalaOlympiacos
86'

Late change as Kenny Lala replaces Reabciuk for the visitors.

  • Ousseynou Ba
    Red cardOusseynou BaOlympiacosRED CARD! A moment of madness from Ousseynou Ba as he fouls Marinelli to get a yellow card, before earning himself a quick second for punching the ball away in frustration in the referee's direction!
84'

RED CARD! A moment of madness from Ousseynou Ba as he fouls Marinelli to get a yellow card, before earning himself a quick second for punching the ball away in frustration in the referee's direction!

82'

Double change for Arsenal with Bellerin and Smith Rowe replaced by Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli.

81'

MISS! Another great chance as Olympiaos open up, but Aubameyang, after racing clear, clips over Sa but cannot hit the target,

80'

CHANCE! That was the moment to put this to bed, but after opening his body up, Pepe side-foots straight at Sa.

78' 

The visitors have to score now really to have any chance.

76' 

OVER! That sums up Arsenal this season as Smith Rowe blazes well over the top.

74' 

Arsenal are still so laboured here. They will likely sneak through but this is been far from a convincing performance.

72'

Yellow card for M'Vila as he leaves Pepe in a heap.

70' 

Bruma twice tries to thread the ball through but it is cut out. Arsenal inviting pressure on themselves.

68' 

Partey already offering more control in there for Arsenal.

66' 

Better from Arsenal as Tierney wins a corner. Odegaard whips it in, Bellerin attacks it, but he cannot keep the header down.

64' 

Nervy times here for Arsenal as Fortounis fires a free-kick into the wall.

  • Bruma
    OffGiorgios MasourasOlympiacosDouble change for Olympiakos now, with Bruma and Jelovic on for Masouras and Androutsos.
  • Bruma
    OnBrumaOlympiacos
62'

Double change for Olympiakos now, with Bruma and Jelovic on for Masouras and Androutsos.

60' 

OH NO! Pepe arrives right on cue on the edge of the penalty area to meet a pull back, fires for goal, but it hits the back of Smith Rowe's head and flies over!

58' 

Arsenal still a little sloppy in possession.

  • Thomas Partey
    OffMohamed ElnenyArsenalDouble change for Arsenal. Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey come on for Elneny and Ceballos.
  • Thomas Partey
    OnThomas ParteyArsenal
56'

Double change for Arsenal. Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey come on for Elneny and Ceballos.

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It was Ceballos who gave the ball away.

54' 

Changes are afoot for Arsenal. Arteta is clearly not happy with what he is seeing.

52'

The Greek champions have one back. El-Arabi carries the ball into the Gunners' box, throws the stepover, cuts onto his right, fires for goal, it takes a flick off Gabriel and beats Leno.

  • Youssef El Arabi
    GoalYoussef El ArabiOlympiacosGGGGGOOOOOOAAALLLLL!! Arsenal 0-1 Olympiakos (agg: 3-2). Poor from Arsenal as Olympiakos break and El-Arabi gets his side back in the tie.
51'

GGGGGOOOOOOAAALLLLL!! Arsenal 0-1 Olympiakos (agg: 3-2). Poor from Arsenal as Olympiakos break and El-Arabi gets his side back in the tie.

49' 

Arsenal are all over the place at the start of the second half as Holebas flicks a corner on at the near post but his team-mates cannot get on the end of it.

47' 

Olympiakos have scored in their last 24 matches and Fortouis goes close as he drags an effort wide.

  • 2nd Half
45'

KICK OFF! We are back under way here. No changes for either side.

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Quite.

  • End of 1st Half
45+2' 

HT: Arsenal 0-0 Olympiakos (agg 3-1) Close game, with the visitors causing Arsenal some problems. This tie is still not over, by any stretch.

45' 

Two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.

44' 

Game a little scrappy as we approach half time.

42' 

Arsenal break, Aubameyang brings it forward, hooks the ball across for Pepe, whose touch lets him down when in space.

40' 

Visitors enjoying plenty of possession. They could do with a goal before half time.

38' 

Again the visitors give it away at the back, but Pepe cannot pick out Aubameyang.

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It is their big night...

36' 

Ba gives it away on the edge of his own penalty area but Arsenal cannot take advantage.

34' 

Smith Rowe starting to come back into this more now.

32' 

Kostas Fortounis is starting to make things happen for the visitors.

30' 

Better pressure from Olympiakos as several crosses come into the Gunners' box.

28' 

Lovely bit of skill from El-Arabi to work space but he cannot get the shot away.

26' 

Tierney looks to carry the ball forward but Smith Rowe does not offer him an outlet.

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Always encourage your team-mates.

24'

OVER! Big chance again! This time for Aubameyang after being picked out by Ceballos, but he toe-pokes over from a great position.

22' 

Hopefully that will act as a wake-up call for the Gunners. That was far too easy.

20'

SAVE! Crucial stop from Bernd Leno after El-Arabi latches onto a long punt from Olmypiakos goalkeeper Jose Sa and fires for goal. Terrible defending from the Gunners to let that long ball drift over the top.

18'

CLOSE! Ceballos threads the ball through for Nicolas Pepe, who rounds the onrushing goalkeeper, tries to hook the ball for goal, it is half-blocked, and rolls agonisingly into the side-netting.

16' 

Dani Ceballos whips a cross in but former Watford defender Jose Holebas heads clear.

14' 

The home team do look relatively untroubled.

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He has looked like a different player in 2021.

12' 

The wings were Arsenal's best areas of attack in Athens last week, and it looks like being the same story here in the opening stages, but the Gunners aren't clicking with quite the same early intensity they did then.

10' 

Slow pace to this so far. Arsenal very happy to play it out from the back.

8' 

Smith Rowe again the danger as he looks to get on the end of Kieran Tierney's header. He cannot get there, however.

6'

Lengthy treatment for both players, but they seem ok to continue.

4' 

Emile Smith Rowe carries the attack to the visitors, shoots for goal, it is blocked by former Gunners defender Sokratis, and the ball comes flying back straight into Smith Rowe's face! Both players stay down.

2' 

Early touch for Aubameyang, but he carelessly gives the ball away.

  • 1st Half
1'

KICK OFF! We are up and running at the Emirates.

17:54 

So here we go. With a top-four finish seemingly out of Arsenal's reach, winning this competition represents their best chance of getting back into the Champions League next season. They should get the job done tonight.

17:52 

Catch up with all the latest transfer talk from across Europe ahead of kick off as Cristiano Ronaldo's future is up for debate.

Video - ‘A concrete hypothesis’ – Ronaldo return to Man Utd hyped up – Euro Papers

01:24
17:49 

So who do Arsenal need to look out for tonight? Olympiakos' Youssef El-Arabi is looking to score in three consecutive Europa League meetings with Arsenal, with his two goals against the Gunners so far (in three games) accounting for 50% of his total in the competition (4).

17:39 

Big night for Mo.

17:32 

Tonight is a potential worry for fans. Arsenal have progressed from five of their six Europa League knockout ties where they won the first leg, the only failure coming last season against Olympiakos, who turned around a 0-1 first leg home defeat to progress on away goals via a 2-1 second-leg victory.

17:27 

Arteta also keen to put the weekend's issues behind him.

Video - 'Everything has been resolved in a really positive way' - Arteta on Aubameyang

00:39
17:16 

Skipper looking to move on from being dropped for tardiness at the weekend.

17:12 

HEAD TO HEAD: Arsenal have lost each of their previous two home games against Olympiakos, one in a Champions League match in 2015-16 and another in this competition last season - Arsenal have never lost three consecutive home matches against an opponent in European competition. Olympiakos have played 18 away games against English opposition in European competition, winning twice and drawing once while losing 15 times - those two wins both came against Arsenal (September 2015 and February 2020).

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in action against Olympiakos' Kostas Fortounis
17:07 

AUBA STARTS, SAKA NOT IN SQUAD: Mikel Arteta is taking no risks and names a strong Arsenal side with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in the starting XI after being dropped for the north London derby win at the weekend. There is no Bukayo Saka in the Gunners squad, with Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Mo Elneny and Nicolas Pepe all coming in. Thomas Partey, Alexandre Lacazette and Martin Odegaard drop to the bench

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium
17:02 

TEAM NEWS - ARSENAL: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Elneny, Xhaka, Pepe, Aubameyang, Smith Rowe... Subs: Ryan, Okonkwo, Cedric, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Partey, Odegaard, Nelson, Martinelli, Nketiah, Lacazette. /// OLYMPIAKOS: Jose Sa, Ba, Sokratis, Holebas, Androutsos, Camara, M'Vila, Reabciuk, Masouras, El Arabi, Fortounis.

17:02 

The teams are in...

16:58 

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Arsenal's Europa League last 16 second leg with Olympiakos from the Emirates. Already 3-1 up in the tie, the Gunners have one foot in the last eight. It would take a real effort to mess this up from here, but this season has seen plenty of lows for Mikel Arteta so his side cannot let up just yet.