Arsenal vs Olympiacos live: Gunners through to Europa League quarter-finals on aggregate

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Arsenal are back in Europa League action for their Europa League Round of 16 second leg clash with Olympiacos at the Emirates.

The Gunners go into the game with a healthy 3-1 lead having scored three away goals at the Georgios Karisakis Stadium last time out.

The result means the Greek champions will have to score three times if they are to have any hope of knocking Arsenal out for a second consecutive season.

Despite this though, Mikel Arteta has been insisting that the tie is far from over.


“Absolutely not,” he said when asked whether the job was done in his pre-match press conference.

“From what I’ve seen from Olympiacos and the amount of games that they have won in the last minutes and the belief that they have in that team it will be tough and they will try to put us under pressure so still a lot to play.”

You can follow how the Gunners get on this evening with our Arsenal correspondents Kaya Kaynak and Chris Wheatley who will bring you live coverage of all the build up and the action from the Emirates in ‘s live blog below.

Full Time: Arsenal 0-1 Olympiacos (Arsenal win 3-2 on aggregate)

An aggregate win for the Gunners as they manage to edge through despite El-Arabi’s goal for the away side. The quarter-finals await.

Double substitution for Arsenal

Martinelli and Chambers on for Smith Rowe and Bellerin.

Another chance

Odegaard scoops his effort over the bar. That would have sealed it for Arsenal.

Olympiacos free-kick

Partey concedes a free-kick just outside the box. Fortounis set to take it.

Odegaard making the difference

Pepe smashes an effort on goal which was almost certainly going in, if it wasn’t for a deflection. Arsenal have looked better since Odegaard was introduced.


Partey and Odegaard come on for Elneny and Ceballos.

Goal for Olympiacos

El-Arabi. Who else? It’s an easy finish for the Olympiacos forward who cuts past David Luiz and fires it home.

Olympiacos pressure

Arsenal need to take control of the midfielder as they’re getting overran here. Thomas Partey is warming up.

Second half underway

David Luiz is beaten to the ball by Kostas Fortounis who scrapes an effort wide of Bernd Leno’s far post. A lucky escape for the Gunners.

Half Time: Arsenal 0-0 Olympiacos

Nicolas Pepe came closest for Arsenal with his deflected effort into the sidenetting. Olympiacos were the better team in the closing stages and should have scored through El-Arabi. A goal for the Gunners in the second half will almost certainly kill the game off for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Greek pressure

Olympiacos piling on the pressure here after some neat possession in midfield.

Arsenal will have to be careful not to concede before half-time.

Auba chance

Great chance for Auba who makes a timely run into the box and toe pokes the ball over the bar.

Great save

It’s that man again. El-Arabi receives a punt up field from goalkeeper Jose Sa and the Moroccan forward is denied by Leno.

Pepe chance

Ceballos threads it through to Pepe on the right who flicks it over the goalkeeper and it’s deflected into the sidenetting by Reabciuk.

Tierney down the left

Kieran Tierney wins a free kick after Ba fouls him but it’s cleared away by Sokratis.

Bright start

Arsenal have started really brightly and look dangerous on every attack.

Emile Smith Rowe takes a shot at goal which rebounds off Sokratis and smacks the Arsenal midfielder in the face. A painful one for both of them.

We’re underway at the Emirates

Arsenal will be hoping to secure their passage into the Europa League quarter-finals tonight.

Arteta on Saka

Arteta also touched on Bukayo Saka who is injured and unavailable for tonight’s game.

“No he wasn’t fit to be involved in the game today.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is fouled by Sergio Reguilon of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Arteta on Aubameyang

Mikel Arteta has been speaking to BT Sport ahead of tonight’s game and has laid down the gauntlet for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“He looked really positive and happy the last two days in training. He’s starting the game so it’s about performing now.”

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang trained at London Colney on Tuesday. (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images).

Willian injured

We’ve had it confirmed to us here at that Willian is out of the squad tonight due to a tight calf.

Willian now has seven assists for Arsenal. (Image: MB Media/Getty Images)

Okonkwo on the bench

19-year-old goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo makes the bench tonight. The youngster’s contract expires at the end of the season but it’s a show of faith from Mikel Arteta to include him.

Arthur Okonkwo during a training session at London Colney (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

No Saka or Willian

Interesting to see that on tonight’s bench Eddie Nektiah and Reiss Nelson make their returns.

There is no Bukayo Saka though who is injured, while Willian is also not even on the bench.

Arsenal subs

Arsenal subs: Ryan, Okonkwo, Cedric, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Partey, Odegaard, Nelson, Martinelli, Nketiah, Lacazette

Olympiacos line up

Olympiacos XI: Jose Sa, Ba, Sokratis, Holebas, Androutsos, Camara, M’Vila, Reabciuk, Masouras, El Arabi, Fortounis

Sokratis returns to north London

He hasn’t been away long but Sokratis Papastathopoulos returns to Emirates Stadium tonight.

The Greek defender was one of the better Olympiacos players in the first leg and he’ll be hoping to spring a surprise in north London this evening.

Arsenal line up in full

Full Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Elneny, Xhaka; Pepe, Ceballos Smith Rowe; Aubameyang.

Arsenal team news

Aubameyang is back for Arsenal but no Martinelli.

Bellerin, Ceballos, Elneny and Pepe come in.

Aubameyang set to return

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to make his Arsenal return tonight after missing the North London Derby due to disciplinary issues.

The Gabon forward has set his car to sport mode to ensure he’s there on time tonight.

You can see who else Kaya Kaynak expects to start for Mikel Arteta’s side tonight by clicking here.

Saka faces late test

Speaking of Bukayo Saka the England international faces a late fitness test for tonight’s game after picking up a hamstring injury in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Spurs on Sunday.

You can see whether he’s made it to be in the full squad of Gunners players available tonight here.

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