It is not the best time to be an Arsenal fan. The Gunners are doing poorly in the Premier League, presently in the 9th position, with hope to climb higher but that is frankly an ascent that is not backed by precedent.
In the Europa League, however, hope was once again flirted with and then betrayed as the English side suffered a deeply painful ousting at the hands of Olympiacos on Thursday.
The game actually started in the favor of the London outfit, with their away goal advantage reigning high due to Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal in Greece last week.
However, at the Emirates, Papa Abou Cisse scored in the 53rd minute, sending the tie to extra-time. In the 113th minute, it was to the delight of the home crowd that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a brilliant goal.
Alas, fate wasn’t on the side of the Gunners, with Youssef El Arabi netting an incredible goal on the cusp of the 120th minute to take his side to the Round of 16 on account of the away-goal rule.
Twitter was a sadistic place to be in the aftermath of the 1-2 loss, as fans stormed to the site for their catharsis.
New manager bounce effect:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – knocked out PSG in the Champions League.
Mikel Arteta – knocked out by Olympiacos in the Europa League.
— BlameFootball (@blamefootball) February 27, 2020
Ighalo on FaceTime to Aubemayang consoling him after the game pic.twitter.com/cmMAUMMXYF
— Jamie (@jmemc55) February 27, 2020
The most arsenal thing happened today. Down and out against farmers, fought back and celebrated too hard, only to be reminded they are arsenal in the last minute.
Out. Of. Europe
— kenna (@kennagq) February 27, 2020
"Hello everyone, my name's WelBeast and I'm an Arsenal fan"
*Welcome WelBeast* pic.twitter.com/RPM72sAlLF
— WelBeast (@WelBeast) February 27, 2020
Arsenal fans really got gassed because Gnabry tweeted London is red and were making fun of us, these man couldn't beat Olympiacos over two legs and are out of the Europa League WE put them in.
IM HOWLINGGGGGG LOOOOOOOOOL
— Mod (@CFCMod_) February 27, 2020
Since this tweet, Arsenal’s 30 year old club captain cried real tears after being knocked out by a team put into the Europa League by Spurs. Levels https://t.co/zFlf5RekpR
— Billie (@Billie_T) February 27, 2020
This is certainly a tough period for Arsenal and the sheer quality and potential at the side make such results all the more tougher to digest. There is still hope for the Gunners in the Premier League, but as this European night has illustrated all too well, hope can be the cruelest of all things.
How will Mikel Arteta’s side internalize this result and where do Arsenal go from here?