Olympiacos v Arsenal: Match in pictures
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has made it clear to Bernd Leno and Dani Ceballos that they, and their team-mates, have to cut out major mistakes. Arsenal were again guilty of gifting the opposition a goal in Thursday’s Europa League tie at Olympiacos. The Greek side equalised after Gunners goalkeeper Leno and midfielder Ceballos were caught trying to play out from the back.
Arsenal won the last-16 first-leg tie 3-1 thanks to goals from Martin Odegaard, Gabriel and Mohamed Elneny.
But when Youssef El Arabi drew Olympiacos level on the hour mark, Arteta would have wondered if it was going to be another one of those nights.
Arsenal also gifted Burnley an equaliser in last Saturday’s Premier League match at Turf Moor.
And Arteta has made it clear his side can no longer make those mistakes.
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“We have to stop making the errors that our costing goals obviously, because you cannot sustain that at that level,” Arteta told BT Sport.
“It’s not concentration, it’s about when you play the ball.
“It’s not about the structure or the decision making, it’s about when you play the ball. It makes the whole difference.
“It’s not about stopping trying to play the way we play because this is us, and we get a lot of reward. It’s about identifying when we can do it and how we have to do it.”
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Arteta says there are times where his side are better off playing it long rather than passing out.
“I’m reading the situations, training it when we have more time which we don’t have because we play every three days,” he added.
“Keep consistent but the worst thing we can do is to get the structure to play and don’t be willing or have fear to play.
“That’s a really bad mixture. To do that, it’s better to play long.”
Odegaard’s long-range effort was his first for Arsenal since his loan move from Real Madrid.
And the Norway international was delighted with the result and performance.
“It is a big win for us, a great result with three goals away from home and win in this competition is always good,” Odegaard said.
“The mentality in this team is great. Very pleased with everything. We showed the spirit in the team and the way we back each other.
“If one player makes a mistake then we react. That is what it is about, being a team. When one player makes a mistake you have to strike back as a team.
“It is just half time. We have to keep going. We have a big game on Saturday and then have to be ready for next Thursday.
“It is very important, we are not where we want to be in the league so this is very important for us and a chance to get Champions League football next year.”
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