Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can't contain emotion as Arsenal crash out of Europa League

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can't contain emotion as Arsenal crash out of Europa League

- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to help Arsenal avoid crashing out of Europa League at the round of 32 stage

- The Gunners lost on away goals rule after playing 2-2 draw at the end of both legs

- Aubameyang feels disappointed for missing a sitter with virtually the last kick of the game

Arsenal's journey in the Europa League this season came to an abrupt end following their 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners took a one-goal advantage from their first meeting last week in Greece but failed to build on it as they allowed their visitors to find the back of the net twice.

They, however, crashed out of the competition on away goals rule despite both teams scoring two goals apiece in the round.

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal for the north Londoners last night, but his goal was not enough to propel his side to the next stage.

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Pape Abou Cisse gave the visitors the lead just eight minutes into the second half - a goal which was enough to help the away team stretch the game into extra time.

Aubameyang powered home a 113th-minute strike to put his side back in the position of qualifying, but a Youssef El Arabi's late minute goal was the spoiler for the Premier League side.

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The game ended 2-2 on aggregate but the Greek side pulled through owing to the number of away goals they scored in the second leg.

Losing out of the competition in the first knockout stage seems devastating for the north Londoners' skipper who felt expressly disappointed with the loss.

He told BT Sport: "Very, very disappointing. What can I say? It is very, very hard. It was a tough game again. The last-minute goal was, yeah, unlucky for us. That is it.

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"I don't even know [how I missed that chance late on]. I feel very, very bad. It can happen but I do not know how I missed this chance. I was tired, I had some cramps but it is not an excuse."

The former Borussia Dortmund said that the away team had a game plan and stuck by it which apparently earned them qualification to the next phase.

"It was tough because they played very deep. It was hard to find the solutions in the final third. It was a really tough game and tough to find spaces.”

Legit.ng earlier reported that La Liga giants Barcelona appear to have confirmed their interest in signing Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Catalan club is desperately searching for a replacement for their main goal poacher Luis Suarez who is currently out injured.

Aubameyang joined the north London side in January of 2018 in a deal valued around €63.75 million with his deal set to expire in June 2021.

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Source: Legit.ng

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