It was a nervy night for the team from North London, one that saw Arsenal lose on the night, but progress on aggregate in the UEFA Europa League.
Arsenal lose on the night, but progress to the last 8
Arsenal lost 1-0 to Greek side Olympiakos on Thursday but still progressed into the Europa League quarterfinals 3-2 on aggregate.
Arsenal looked comfortable after a 3-1 victory in Athens last week and reaching halftime unscathed in return.
But when Youssef El Arabi’s deflected shot left Bernd Leno wrong-footed early in the second half, it gave the visitors hope and increased the tension among the home ranks.
Arsenal wasted several late chances to ease the jitters with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, restored to the starting line-up being left out of Sunday’s north London derby for disciplinary reasons, guilty of a poor miss.
Olympiakos had Ousseynou Ba sent off late on. Arsenal was spared any late drama as they avenged last season’s elimination by the Greek champions to take their place in Friday’s last-eight draw.