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Olympiacos 1-3 Arsenal LIVE! Europa League action as it happened

Arsenal returned to Europa League action to put one foot in the quarter-finals after a big 3-1 win over Olympiacos in Greece tonight.

The Gunners did not always make life easy for themselves, throwing away a first-half lead that had been earned through Martin Odegaard’s long-range screamer when a defensive mix-up allowed Youssef El-Arabi to equalise.

But Gabriel’s magnificent header 11 minutes from the end restored the advantage before substitute Mohamed Elneny capped an excellent night’s work with a cracking strike late on.

The result means Arsenal have a sizeable cushion to take back to north London for the second leg next week, though they’ll be all too aware that first-leg victory against the same opponents at the last-32 stage last season did not prove enough to send them through to the next round.

You can follow all tonight’s action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below…

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Simon Collings for Standard Sport

That’s a big win for Arsenal, not least because it puts them in the box seat to qualify, but also because they prevented deja vu happening again. They gifted Olympiacos a goal, however they fought back to get the win.

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FULL-TIME | Olympiacos 1-3 Arsenal

A massive result in the end for Arsenal. Great character, great quality.

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90+1 mins: There’ll be five minutes added…

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GOAL! | Olympiacos 1-3 Arsenal | Mohamed Elneny 85’

Elneny strides forward and has space to shoot so lets fly with a terrific effort. Sa gets fingers to it but only tips it onto the inside of the post and in!

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84 mins: How’s this stayed out?!

Hector Bellerin gets to the byline and squeezes a cross between ‘keeper and post, right along the goalline, and wide without anyone being able to turn it home.

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Simon Collings for Standard Sport

A huge goal for Arsenal that. They needed someone to step up and it was Gabriel of all people. A stunning header.

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GOAL! | Olympiacos 1-2 Arsenal | Gabriel 79′

Arsenal take a short corner and Willian loops a bit of a nothing cross up to the far post but Gabriel chucks absolutely everything at it and powers a stunning header into the far corner.

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74 mins: 1-1 wouldn’t be a disastrous result given Arsenal have got the away goal, but it’s the manner of it. They seem to have reclaimed the initiative as they look to retake the lead.

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67 mins: Unsurprisingly, that goal has put a real spring in the home side’s step and they’re threatening again.

This time a nice move down the right ends with a cut-back to El-Arabi and Bellerin gets a crucial block in to turn it wide.

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63 mins: They were fortunate to get away with a couple in the first half, to be honest, but Arsenal just will not learn. They’ve gifted away their advantage.


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