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Olympiacos 1-3 Arsenal: Martin Odegaard screamer, Gabriel, Elneny on target  for Arsenal

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The Gunners scored two late goals against Olympiacos and take control of their Europa League round of 16 clash – having almost proved all the critics of their own downfall once again.

Martin Odegaard’s first Arsenal goal had them ahead only for another defensive calamity to grant  Youssef a chance for a goal.

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Arsenal were played but recovered well and scored two goals in six minutes as a Gabriel Magalhaes header and a fine strike from Mohamed Elneny got them a good victory.

Mikel Arteta saw his side dumped out by Olympiacos at the round of 32 stage last season despite winning the opening leg in Greece but will be on guard to prevent such from reoccurring.

Arsenal were back at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium for the second time in a fortnight, having hosted the ‘home’ leg of their tie against Benfica near Athens due to current coronavirus restrictions.

The Premier League side have now won more Europa League knockout stages at the competition more than any side.

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Real Madrid loanee, Odegaard was again deployed as Arteta’s number 10 but he missed a fine early chance to put the visitors ahead, kicking a shot wide after being picked out by Kieran Tierney.

It was a number of sloppy moments for Martin Odegaard but he would make amends by putting the gunners in front.

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard celebrates with his teammates after scoring his first Arsenal goal. ( Photo by Getty Images)

Thomas Partey played the ball into Odegaard in a central position and his arrowed shot flew in off the wrist of Sa – who would have been disappointed not to keep out the strike.

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Willian received a short corner and crossed for Gabriel to send a looping header over Sa to re-establish the lead after El-Arabi leveled with a crisp finish past an out-of-position Leno.

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Elneny came off the bench after Gabriel’s effort and his first involvement was to curl home a low effort from outside the box.

Arsenal will head into the second leg with confidence when they welcome the Greece side to North London next week Thursday.

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