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Arsenal 0-1 Olympiacos (3-2 aggregate): Gunners book their place in the Europa League last eight despite losing to the 10-man Greeks, with Youssef El-Arabi on target

Arsenal survived a second-leg scare against Olympiacos to squeeze into the Europa League quarter-finals.

Gunners were beaten on the night but still go through, with El-Arabi’s deflected second-half strike not enough to earn Olympiacos a place in the quarter-finals.

Arteta’s men had several chances to put the tie to bed, but Aubameyang wasn’t his usual clinical self.

Leading 3-1 from the first-leg, the Gunners ended up needing that cushion in the return as Olympiacos, who finished with ten men, secured a third successive win at the Emirates.

Arsenal had captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in their starting side after he was dropped for the north London derby and their significant advantage but faced a side who travelled to London with genuine hope.

Olympiacos had won their previous two visits to the Emirates’ including last season’s when they dumped Arteta’s side out of the competition in dramatic fashion on away goals.

Ousseynou Ba picked two yellows in quick succession – for a foul on sub Gabriel Martinelli and then punching the ball in the direction of the referee in frustration – to earn a red card, a punishment that left him crying in the tunnel.

Arsenal could take nothing for granted. There was still a job to finish.

Arteta warned as much when it was put to him pre-match that this tie might already be over.

Arsenal face West Ham away from home next, while Olympiacos host Aris.

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