Mikel Arteta was warned he may lose his job if Arsenal proceed to play out from the again, regardless of securing a 3-1 win towards Olympiakos.
Mohamed Elneny certainly put their Europa League last-16 to mattress after no defenders closed down his surging run, prompting the midfielder to unleash a rasping drive from 25 yards.
Nevertheless, the Gunners had discovered themselves degree with simply ten minutes remaining after once more gifting their opponents a purpose in Athens as Dani Ceballos misplaced the ball to depart Youssef El-Arabi with an empty internet.
Bernd Leno was left to choose the ball out of his internet as soon as once more similar to he was towards Burnley on Saturday afternoon when Granit Xhaka fired the ball into Chris Wooden at Turf Moor.
Mat Holland watched the Premier League aspect for talkSPORT 2 and insisted the Spaniard must increase the best way his aspect performs on the again or face the sack.
“He retains saying we’re going to play this fashion and play out from the again,” Holland warned. “If this continues, it can value him his job.
“You may’t maintain doing it if it’s going to value you matches and value you objectives.”
The guests began brightly and will have been in entrance had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not seen his header pushed onto the crossbar.
They did handle to seize the lead as Martin Odegaard unleashed a vicious shot which swirled previous the despairing dive of Jose Sa within the Olympiakos purpose.
With parity restored after El-Arabi’s purpose, Arteta’s males pushed for a winner and located it when Gabriel leapt excessive into the sky and powered a header previous Sa.
The sport was put to mattress by Elneny’s marvel strike and the reduction from the away aspect was clear to see as his teammates rushed in to have a good time within the nook.
Arsenal have made eight errors resulting in opposition photographs within the Europa League, three greater than some other aspect within the competitors.
Identical to at Turf Moor on Sunday, Leno performed the ball brief and into the toes of Dani Ceballos – recent off the bench.
He was closed down shortly, shedding possession as El-Arabi levelled with a crisp end previous an out-of-position Leno.
El-Arabi’s last-gasp winner despatched Arsenal out of the competitors final season and he nearly doubled up for the evening, solely to see a shot blocked behind when nicely positioned.
Arsenal regathered their collective poise and once more started to dominate proceedings as their former defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos – deemed not ok to even be registered by the membership earlier than leaving for Greece in January – led the defensive drive for the house aspect.
However they might not maintain on to take a draw to London subsequent Thursday as Willian collected a brief nook and crossed for Gabriel to ship a looping header over Sa to re-establish the lead.
Elneny got here off the bench after Gabriel’s effort and his first involvement was to twist residence a low effort from exterior the field and put his aspect firmly within the driving seat and ship them into Sunday’s north London derby towards Tottenham with a win.