Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League on away goals by Greek side Olympiacos, despite having taken a 1-0 into the second leg of the tie at the Emirates Stadium
Former Manchester United and Wolves midfielder Paul Ince insists that Arsenal must work on their defence after seeing the Gunners crash out of the Europa League.
Arsenal were beaten 2-1 after extra time by Greek side Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners going out of the competition at the round of 32 stage on away goals.
The Gunners had looked to be on course for the last 16 after taking a 1-0 advantage into the home game, following the first leg in Greece.
And even though Pape Abou Cisse’s second half header forced the game into extra time, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s overhead kick in the second half of extra time had put Arsenal ahead again in the tie.
However, Youssef El-Arabi struck one minute from time at the end of the second half of extra time to seal Olympiacos’ progress and knock the Gunners out of the competition.
And Ince, whose former sides Manchester United and Wolves both made it through to the last 16 of the Europa League, was critical of one key aspect of the Gunners’ game following the defeat.
“Once they got the result away against Olympiacos, you think this is going to be plain sailing, especially the way they have improved under [Mikel] Arteta,” he said, speaking on BT Sport’s Europa League highlights programme.