The Gunners are via to the quarter-finals in continental competitors, however have been warned by their goalkeeper that requirements should enhance
Bernd Leno has delivered a scathing evaluation on Arsenal’s show in opposition to Olympiacos within the final 16 of the Europa League, with the Gunners warned they “gained’t attain something this season” if that stage of efficiency is replicated over the approaching weeks.
Continental glory affords Mikel Arteta’s facet a route into the Champions League for subsequent season, provided that they sit 10th within the Premier League desk, whereas additionally permitting main silverware to be chased down.
The north London outfit had been, nevertheless, removed from their greatest in a 1-Zero defeat in opposition to Greek opposition on Thursday and solely edged their method into the quarter-final draw courtesy of a 3-1 first-leg victory away from residence.
What has been mentioned?
Leno advised reporters afterwards: “We must be 100 per cent each recreation. If we play like in the present day then we gained’t attain something this season.
“I feel we suffered and it was not vital. I feel as a result of within the first 15 or 20 minutes we managed the sport, however then we’ve made too many straightforward errors and within the second half we conceded the aim after which everyone was nervous.
“We made it exhausting for ourselves and, like I mentioned, it was not vital. Within the dressing room it was quiet as a result of everyone is aware of that it was not an excellent efficiency from us. We can not change it anymore however the optimistic factor is that it was a warning.”
Who else is left within the Europa League?
Arsenal stay one of many favourites to go all the best way this season, however there are nonetheless a number of sizeable obstacles blocking their path.
Home rivals Manchester United are additionally into the final eight, together with star-studded squads at Roma, Ajax, Granada and Villarreal.
Dinamo Zagreb, recent from seeing off Jose Mourinho’s out-of-sorts Tottenham, and Czech facet Slavia Prague will full the draw for the following stage on Friday.
Can Arsenal carry the trophy?
The 2019 crushed finalists had been exhibiting indicators of life previous to coming unstuck in opposition to Olympiacos.
They’ve suffered solely two defeats of their final 9 outings throughout all competitions, with German goalkeeper Leno of the opinion that something is feasible if collective requirements may be raised.
He added: “I feel there are solely excellent groups within the quarter-finals and we want two good video games to go to the semi-finals and two extra video games to go to the ultimate. That is our goal.
“The Europa League is essential for us. That is most likely the closest method to go to the Champions League and likewise to win an enormous European trophy so we have to step up.
“We have to have the motivation to win each recreation, lower out the simple errors and undergo to the ultimate and hopefully have an enormous closing on the finish of the season.”