After the Gunners attempted to erase all their hard work for the second match in a row, Gabriel Magalhaes and Mohamed Elneny saved Arsenal’s blushes against Olympiakos. Martin Odegaard opened his account for Arsenal with a thunderous effort from range in the first half, giving the Gunners the lead. Arsenal, on the other hand, repeated their success against Burnley by giving the ball away just outside their penalty area, allowing Youssef El-Arabi to score with ease. Arsenal came back ten minutes from time to place themselves in the driving seat for the return leg at the Emirates, with Gabriel securing the victory with his first goal in Europe.
Late in the game, Elneny added the icing to the cake with another long-range attempt. Granit Xhaka violated the first rule of football by passing the ball across the goal the last time they played. Arsenal lost a goal and two points as a result of the inevitable interception. Martin Odegaard, a Real Madrid loanee, played a loose sideways ball that was intercepted and resulted in a goal about the 20-minute mark.
Fortunately for Arsenal, Bernd Leno was able to make a comfortable save on this occasion.
After 20 minutes, it was David Luiz’s turn to waste possession in the Arsenal box. Arsenal was once again very fortunate to avoid conceding. After Dani Ceballos was dispossessed just outside the Arsenal area, Leno was caught out of place, and the ball hit the back of the net in the second half, the luck finally ran out. It’s not a big issue in the grand scheme of things. However, throughout a season, all of these minor errors add up, and the risk currently outweighs the reward. If the Gunners are to advance and regain their former glory – all of the ingredients are in order – they must eradicate the clumsy and downright irritating errors that haunt them every week.
In the summer transfer window, there was a lot of hype about Real Madrid forward Martin Odegaard joining Arsenal on loan. For the past few years, the youngster has borne the burden of his talent on his shoulders, but he has yet to hit the dizzying heights that were expected for him when he joined Los Blancos in 2015.
His loan transfer to Arsenal has allowed him to continue his development in a different country, but Mikel Arteta has already stated that he would not want to send him back.
This season, Arteta has developed his Arsenal team around the Norwegian, with Emile Smith-Rowe being forced out of the spotlight to make room for the new number 10.