Who would have thought that Arsenal will easily get an away win in Athens after Granit Xhaka’s error eventually gave a bizarre equalizer Burnley F.c to cancel out Aubameyang’s goal last weekend?
Yes, it was difficult to admit that the Gunners will be able to outperform Olympiacos F.c following their inconsistency in the last couple games played in Premier League. The winning spirit of the away team enabled them to dominate the game in Athens, and took a half-time lead through Martin Odegaard’s missile range. While Martin was registering his first goal for the club, Olympiakos unluckily missed a chance from David Luiz mistake.
Though David Luiz error wasn’t punished in the first half, it didn’t last long. Olympiakos corrected their mistakes through Yousef El-Arab a Moroccan striker who scored an equalizing goal, when Dani Ceballos failed to maintain a straight pass from Bernd Leno. Arsenal players were frustrated as they recalled how they were eliminated in the last year’s Europa League with the same opponent.
The Gunners didn’t seat back and watch, instead they showed the character and willingness to win the game. The wonder kid Odegaard with the support of both Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney caused many problems for Olympiakos. Arsenal took again the lead after Gabriel’s stunning and powerful head from Willian’s cross. They then took an undeniably lead with five minutes left from underrated defending midfielder, Elneny. This sensational victory sets a mountain for Olympiakos to climb in order to overturn a first-leg deficit to knock out the Gunners.
This season has not been easy for so many teams including Arsenal which struggled since the return of the English Premier League, though it has brought different players to refresh the recent squad.
The Gunners under Mikel Arteta has shown a promising future as the head coach already delivered the FA Cup and Community Shield in his first eight months in charge. However, the team hasn’t been consistency, and they are now 12 points behind the top four.
The Gunners are on the 10th place in the Premier League and their hope to make it to the top four seems to be vanished after a 1-1 match last Saturday. The only hope to win a silverware and Champions League qualification is all on Europa League campaign. Arsenal must win the Europa League Cup to be qualified for Champions League 2022-2023.
The Spaniard (Arteta) believes that the future is bright at the Emirates Stadium and things will get better in the coming months. “We have created a really strong group, a really strong bond with our players, with our fans, with our staff and that is going to pay big in the future.”
“You need to win to convince anybody that you are doing good job in the club and taking them in the right direction. If you are not inside the everyday and know exactly what is going on with in the club, only way to convince anybody is to win.” Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports.
The head coach indirectly admitted the Gunners will not make it to the top four this season, and he is convinced the team will return to its winning spirit on the pitch soon. But, things seems to be difficult as Arsenal is already facing a £47m loss due corona-virus pandemic.
It’s unarguably that Arsenal is one of the teams with the most supporters in the world, and it has been able to play in front of thousands of them at the Emirates Stadium in the past years. The team made more revenue from it which was invested to expand the squad.
Tottenham will be playing against Arsenal on this coming Sunday, after a sensational performance in the first leg of Europa League and secured a well deserving win of 2-0 over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night. Though Harry Kane was substituted in the last 10 minutes of the game, Jose Mourinho has an immense faith that he will be fit to face Arsenal. There is no clue on the squads that both teams will bring to the north London derby at the Emirates. What the supporters are really expecting is a smooth, and high intensity game regardless the fact that there will be no fans.