Olympiacos will find out the identity of their last-16 opponents in Friday’s draw. Meanwhile, Arsenal are back in action on Monday, when they face Portsmouth in the FA Cup – their last remaining hope of collecting silverware this season.
Arsenal are out of the Europa League as Youssef El-Arabi’s 119th-minute strike sends Olympiacos through to the last 16 of the Europa League on the away-goal rule.
The Gunners looked to have won it after a terrific acrobatic effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they were stunned at ythe death and the Emirates is shell-shocked.
Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League as Youssef El-Arabi’s late strike in extra-time secured a stunning 2-1 victory for Olympiacos, who progressed to the last 16 courtesy of the away goals rule.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who remarkably missed a golden chance in the final seconds after El Arabi’s winner, had seemed to settle the contest in Arsenal’s favour with seven minutes of extra-time remaining with a stunning acrobatic effort.
But Olympiacos, who cancelled out Arsenal’s 1-0 lead from the first leg thanks to Pape Abou Cisse’s header in the second half, chose to write their own script as El-Arabi bundled in Giorgos Masouras’ cross at the Emirates Stadium.
Yet the drama was not finished there – Aubameyang somehow slicing wide of a gaping goal from point-blank range as Olympiacos held onto a famous triumph in a last-16 tie that finished 2-2 on aggregate.
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Leno 6.5; Bellerin 6 (Willock 84, 6), Mustafi 6 (Sokratis 103, 6), Luiz 5.5, Saka 6.5; Ceballos 5.5 (Torreira 72, 6.5), Xhaka 6; Pepe 6, Ozil 5.5, Aubameyang 7; Lacazette 5
Manager: Mikel Arteta 5
OLYMPIACOS (4-3-3): Jose Sa 6; Elabdellaoui 6, Ba 5.5, Cisse 6.5, Tsimikas 6.5; Bouchalakis 6, Camara 6, Guilherme 6.5; Randjelovic 6 (Masouras 77, 7), El Arabi 6, Valbuena 6.5 (Gospar 5.5)
Manager: Pedro Martins 6.5
REFEREE: Davide Massa (Ita) – 6