The Spaniard wasn’t happy along with his aspect’s newest European show, however was completely happy to get by way of to the final eight of the competitors
Mikel Arteta was relieved to see his “unstable” Arsenal aspect survive a scare in opposition to Olympiacos within the Europa League, admitting “we have been close to the degrees by which we are able to carry out”.
Arsenal progressed to the quarter-finals of the competitors 3-2 on mixture regardless of dropping to the Greek aspect 1-Zero at Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening.
Arteta was disillusioned with how his workforce performed within the second leg tie however he is assured they’ll enhance heading into the enterprise finish of the season.
What’s been stated?
“Actually completely happy to be by way of. We had a tricky opponent, so completely happy to be by way of,” The Gunners boss informed BT Sport post-match.
“Typically we’ve to be truthful with ourselves – we have been nowhere close to the degrees we may very well be.
“We have been unstable with the ball and we gave it away. It is unattainable if you give the ball away to have any construction. We created sufficient possibilities to win however have been nowhere close to the degrees by which we are able to carry out.
“We will not use any excuses. We had contemporary gamers within the aspect. We began the sport rather well however then we had lack of stability. We have to hold the ball and play some passes collectively and never simply hold giving the ball away in transitions.
“Once we conceded, we did get higher and acquired extra management however with their objective, we gave them some perception, which you can not give to the opponent. We’ll get higher. In relation to decision-making and execution, it is just a little bit tougher.
“We’d like one other win within the Premier League and it is a massive probability after the worldwide break to get a run collectively.”
An evening to neglect on the Emirates for Arsenal
Olympiacos took the sport to Arsenal proper from the off in north London as they sought to avenge their 3-1 defeat in Greece final week, with Youssef El-Arabi’s proving to be a continuing menace for the house defence.
The Morrocan striker ultimately made the breakthrough six minutes after half-time as his deflected effort discovered its well past Bernd Leno and into the web after Dani Ceballos was dispossessed cheaply in midfield.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe each missed good possibilities to equalise earlier than Olympiacos has Ousseynou Ba despatched off late on, with Arsenal in the end settling for a slender defeat thereafter to e book their spot within the quarter-finals.
Arteta will now begin getting ready his gamers for a Premier League assembly with West Ham on the London Stadium on Sunday.
The worldwide break will come into impact after that fixture, with the Gunners not due again in motion once more till April four in opposition to Liverpool.