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Arsenal v Olympiakos Piraeus Live Commentary, 27/02/2020

1 - 2
P. Aubameyang (113)
P. Cissé (53)
Y. El-Arabi (119)
Emirates Stadium
(FT 0 - 1)


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Olympiacos will find out the identity of their last-16 opponents in Friday's draw. Meanwhile, Arsenal are back in action on Monday, when they face Portsmouth in the FA Cup - their last remaining hope of collecting silverware this season.
Arsenal are out of the Europa League as Youssef El-Arabi's 119th-minute strike sends Olympiacos through to the last 16 of the Europa League on the away-goal rule. The Gunners looked to have won it after a terrific acrobatic effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they were stunned at the death and the Emirates is shell-shocked.
120' + 4' FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 1-2 OLYMPIACOS (2-2 on aggregate; Olympiacos win on away goals)
120' + 3' HOW DID HE MISS?! Aubameyang has put it wide from inside the six-yard box! A hopeful ball into the box ricochets kindly for the skipper, who can only shoot off-target with the goal at his mercy. What a chance!
120' + 1' Leno has to take responsibility for Arsenal there. He took a heavy touch that invited pressure from the visitors, before a rushed clearance conceded the corner that led to the goal.
G. Masouras
Olympiakos Piraeus
119' Masouras was the provider with a terrific cross.
Y. El-Arabi
Olympiakos Piraeus
119' EL-ARABI!!! GOAL FOR OLYMPIACOS! They have surely snatched victory! After Leno concedes a cheap corner, El-Arabi arrives late to turn home Masouras' deep cross to send the travelling support into ecstasy.
A. Papadopoulos
Olympiakos Piraeus
117' Final throw of the dice from the visitors as Guilherme makes way for Avraam Papadopoulos. He drops into defence, while Cisse pushes forward as an additional striker.
116' Goal number 20 of the season for Aubameyang could also be the most important he scores this term. A moment of magic from the skipper could have just sent Arsenal through to the last 16.
M. Lovera
K. Tsimikas
Olympiakos Piraeus
114' Olympiacos turn straight to the bench as Maximiliano Lovera is thrown on in place of Tsimikas.
P. Aubameyang
113' AUBAMEYANG!!!!! WHAT A GOAL! ARSENAL LEAD! Ozil's cross is helped on by Martinelli and deflects high into the air, before Aubameyang unleashes a stunning scissor kick that flies past Sa and could well decide this tie.
111' Olympiacos hanging on for dear life as Arsenal continue to apply the pressure in these closing stages. They just about manage to clear the ball to safety for now.
108' OFF THE BAR! A coat of paint denies Olympiacos! Masouras looks for the top corner with a bending effort that beats Leno, but crashes against the top of the crossbar.
106' Olympiacos get the ball rolling once more. Can either side find a winner?
There is still no separating the two teams. Arsenal have been the more dominant so far in extra-time, although Olympiacos will rue that missed Gaspar opportunity.
105' + 1' We are into the first of two additional minutes at the end of this first period in extra-time.
Gabriel Martinelli
A. Lacazette
105' Final change for Arsenal as Lacazette is replaced by Gabriel Martinelli.
104' CHANCE! Olympiacos squander a terrific opportunity to edge their noses in front! Gaspar is brilliantly picked out on the edge of the Arsenal area. Despite having time to steady himself, the defender rushes and wildly blazes a volley off-target.
S. Papastathopoulos
S. Mustafi
103' Mustafi is unable to continue and makes way to be replaced by Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
102' A huge concern for Arsenal as Mustafi stays down and appears to be struggling. The centre-half seemed to overstretch during a previous Olympiacos attack.
100' Arsenal appeal for a penalty after Aubameyang's strike appears to strike the arm of Cisse, but the referee is not interested. Although, replays show that the ball came off the shoulder of the Olympiacos defender.
98' The Gunners have scored in each of their last 15 games in Europe. At the moment, you feel like just one goal would be enough to see them through here.
96' It has been all-Arsenal so far in this first period of extra-time. They have enjoyed almost all the possession, but must look to press home their advantage.
94' Following treatment, Tsimikas is back on the field. The left-back has been an ever-present for the visitors in this season's Europa League and will definitely not want that run to end now.
93' A worry for Olympiacos as Tsimikas stays down following an accidental collision with Cisse. It looked a painful one for the left-back.
91' Arsenal get us back underway! We have another half an hour to play and will see a penalty shootout should the scoreline remain unchanged.
The Gunners have reached at least the semi-finals in their two previous appearances since the re-branding of this competition. Meanwhile, Olympiacos are looking to go one step better than last year and equal their best-ever performance.
Arsenal's first-leg advantage was wiped out by Pape Abou Cisse's second-half header at the Emirates. Thereon, nothing could separate the sides and we are going to have an additional 30 minutes.
90' + 1' A low corner is met by Ba, but he is unable to connect cleanly with his header and it goes wide of the far post.
90' Corner to Olympiacos! We are into the final 15 seconds of regulation time at the Emirates. They couldn't, could they...?
88' Arsenal continue to search for the late winner as Luiz climbs to meet Pepe's corner, but he is unable to connect with his header, which drifts wide.
Bruno Gaspar
M. Valbuena
Olympiakos Piraeus
86' Meanwhile, Olympiacos make a very conservative change as Valbuena is sacrificed in favour of defender Bruno Gaspar.
J. Willock
84' An attacking change from Arsenal as Bellerin makes way for Joe Willock, who continues his record of having played in every Europa League game this season.
84' Good tackle! Ozil looks to force the issue as he embarks on a jinking run into the box. However, a well-timed challenge from Tsimikas denies him the opportunity to get a shot away.
83' Arsenal turning up the pressure. This time, Torreira has a go from just outside the area, but Sa holds on to his fierce attempt.
81' Chance for Lacazette! A neat dummy from Ozil wrong-foots Cisse and allows the ball to run through for the Frenchman, whose 20-yard strike goes high and wide of the target.
80' Arsenal look to restore the initiative in the tie as Xhaka tries his luck from distance. However, his ambitious effort is always rising.
79' The Greek giants had lost on 13 of their last 15 visits to England before today. However, as things stand, they are set to record a hard-earned victory that would force this contest into extra-time.
G. Masouras
L. Ranđelović
Olympiakos Piraeus
77' A change for Olympiacos sees Giorgos Masouras introduced in place of Randelovic.
76' GREAT SAVE! Sa to the rescue as he reacts brilliantly to deny Pepe's curling effort. Seconds later, Lacazette is unable to react quickly enough to turn the ball home.
74' Worryingly, Arsenal are still without a shot on target in this second leg, compared to three for their opponents. The home fans are beginning to get a little restless and rightly so.
L. Torreira
Dani Ceballos
72' Arteta turns to the bench and makes his first change of the game with Ceballos making way for Lucas Torreira.
70' This contest is finely poised as we enter the final 20 minutes at the Emirates. Nothing to separate the sides on aggregate and, as things stand, we are heading for extra-time.
68' Nothing for now. Despite a couple of attempts, Olympiacos stand firm to prevent Arsenal from getting a clear sight on goal.
66' Arsenal's pressure eventually leads to Saka forcing a corner down the left flank. What can the hosts make of this?
64' Olympiacos' goal has certainly shocked Arsenal into life. The hosts suddenly have a lot more urgency and purpose about their play. They will certainly be wary not to concede another here.
62' Olympiacos were victorious on their last visit to the Emirates, prevailing 3-2 in September 2015. As far as the second leg is concerned, could they be on course for another win here?
59' Arsenal looking to respond and Xhaka lines one up from distance. However, the effort goes well wide of the target.
M. Camara
Yellow Card
Olympiakos Piraeus
58' Camara is booked for a professional foul near the touchline to prevent a potential Arsenal counter.
57' GREAT SAVE! Olympiacos have their tails up and go in search of the goal that turns the tie on its head. Tsimikas cut inside from the left before looking for the top corner with a bending effort that required a strong palm from Leno to tip it away.
55' The goal that levels this tie comes from the man only in the side as a replacement for the suspended Semedo. Making only his second European appearance of the season, it was a terrific header from Cisse and it is game on at the Emirates!
M. Valbuena
Olympiakos Piraeus
53' Valbuena provided the assist with a delicious corner that was begging to be attacked.
P. Cissé
Olympiakos Piraeus
53' CISSE!!! 1-0 OLYMPIACOS! And the tie is all square! The centre-half levels up the contest on aggregate as he ghosts in to head home from Valbuena's corner.
53' The noise in the visiting end raises a few decibels as Olympiacos are awarded a corner on the far side. What can they make of this?
50' This is Olympiacos' 14th match in this season's Europa League. Their continental adventure began against Czech side Viktoria Plzen in the second qualifying round of the Champions League back in July.
48' The visitors are aiming to turn things around and reach the last 16 of this competition for the fifth time. It would also equal their best run in this competition.
46' Off we go again! Olympiacos get the ball rolling once more.
While still only a goal behind, Olympiacos will be encouraged as they head into the second half. Arsenal have not been at their best so far today and the Greek side must stick with their opponents to stand the best chance of nicking a goal.
Goalless at the Emirates with Arsenal still holding the advantage on aggregate. The hosts did have the ball in the net through Alexandre Lacazette, but the Frenchman was denied his second goal in this tie by the offside flag.
43' El-Arabi certainly carries Olympiacos' greatest threat having found the net 22 times in all competitions this season. However, he will have to do a lot better in order to increase his tally today.
41' At the other end, some space opens for El-Arabi to try his luck from distance. But the forward's drilled effort lacks power and is easily gathered by Leno.
39' OFFSIDE! IT WON'T COUNT! Lacazette arrives late to turn home Saka's inviting low cross into the six-yard area. However, the offside flag had already been raised after the full-back began his run a fraction too early.
36' WASTED! Bellerin is caught out of position and a neat exchange of passes releases Camara through on goal. However, with Luiz recovering ground and Leno closing the angle, the midfielder loses his nerve at the vital moment and drills wide of the target.
35' Arsenal have been sloppy in possession today; misplacing relatively simple passes on a regular basis. Arteta looks unimpressed on the touchline as he barks out instructions to his players.
33' Making his first start in this season's Europa League, Ozil seeks out Lacazette with a clipped ball into the box. However, the Frenchman is not quite on the same wavelength and the ball runs through to Sa.
30' Arsenal have a shout for a penalty after the ball appear to strike an Olympiacos arm in the area. However, the referee is not interested in pointing to the spot.
28' Arsenal are aiming to go one better in this season's Europa League, having lost out to Chelsea in the final of last year's competition. They also reached the showpiece of the Uefa Cup during 1999-00, losing to Galatasaray on penalties.
26' Following a neat exchange of passes between Bellerin and Ozil, Pepe delivers a deep cross towards the far post. However, there is too much pace on the delivery and Sa lets it run behind for a goal kick.
24' End-to-end stuff as a breaking Randelovic is dispossessed by Ceballos, who subsequently sets up an Arsenal counter. Xhaka charges forward before seeking out Ozil, who is just unable to get his attempted throughball under control.
22' Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette are stood over the free-kick right on the edge of the visitors' box. It is the Ivorian who steps up, but is just unable to keep his delivery down.
O. Ba
Yellow Card
Olympiakos Piraeus
20' Ba is shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Pepe, who was threatening to burst clear on goal.
19' Olympiacos threaten on the counter and Mustafi is forced to make a vital interception to cut out a potentially dangerous cross from the left flank.
17' Arsenal have lost just once in their nine home games against Greek opposition, but kept just two clean sheets during that span. They will certainly be hoping it is third time lucky today.
14' Xhaka has been an ever-present for Arsenal since Arteta took charge at the Emirates. However, he is one of two Gunners currently a yellow card away from a European ban, along with Mustafi.
12' The visitors have some defending to do, but carry out their duties effectively - making solids blocks to deny efforts from Xhaka and Pepe.
10' Currently five points clear at the top of the Greek Super League, Martins' side arrive at the Emirates in impressive form. In fact, last week's loss against Arsenal was their only defeat in 20 games across all competitions.
8' Olympiacos enjoying their first decent spell of possession and eventually earn a throw-in on the far side. That will encourage the visitors.
5' The Gunners are currently unbeaten in 2020, stretching back 10 matches in all competitions. Continue that today and they will be in the Europa League last-16 draw.
3' A bright start for Arsenal sees them force the first corner of the game, which is dealt with by Olympiacos. Soon after, Ozil clips the ball into the box, but Sa gathers.
1' Italy's Davide Massa is our referee today. He blows his whistle and Arsenal get us underway.
The teams are making their way out onto the field and kick-off is moments away.
Arsenal have progressed from all 17 of their previous European ties when winning the first leg away from home. By contrast, Olympiacos have won just two of their 32 European ties when losing the opening leg.
Meanwhile, for Olympiacos, Pedro Martins’ sole change from Sunday’s win over PAOK in the Greek Super League is enforced, as Pape Abou Cisse replaces the suspended Ruben Semedo in the heart of defence. Semedo aside, this is also the same team that began the first leg seven days ago.
Mikel Arteta makes just two changes to the Arsenal side that beat Everton on Sunday. Buyako Saka returns to replace the injured Sead Kolasinac at left-back, while Alexandre Lacazette is also recalled to lead the line ahead of Eddie Nketiah. Seven of this starting 11 began last week’s victory in Greece.
SUBS: Ilias Karargyris, Bruno Gaspar, Vasilis Torosidis, Avraam Papadopoulos, Maximiliano Lovera, Giorgos Masouras, Emiliano Bullari.
OLYMPIACOS (4-3-3): Jose Sa; Omar Elabdellaoui (captain), Ousseynou Ba, Pape Abou Cisse, Kostas Tsimikas; Guilherme, Mady Camara, Andreas Bouchalakis; Lazar Randelovic, Youssef El-Arabi, Mathieu Valbuena.
SUBS: Emiliano Martinez, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira, Joe Willock, Matteo Guendouzi, Gabriel Martinelli.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz, Bukayo Saka; Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (captain), Mesut Ozil, Nicolas Pepe; Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal hold a 1-0 advantage from the opening leg and will advance to the last 16 of the competition should they avoid defeat at the Emirates Stadium today.
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