Martin Keown gives damning assessment of Arsenal after Olympiakos defeat

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
Arteta saw his side knocked out (Picture: CameraSport via Getty Images)

Arsenal would get ‘mauled’ if they were in the Champions League, according to former centre-back Martin Keown.

Mikel Arteta’s side were knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday night, with Olympiakos scoring a late winner in extra time to send the Gunners tumbling out.

Having led 1-0 after the first leg, Arsenal were the heavy favourites to advance but disaster struck as Youssef El-Arabi struck deep into extra time to fire the Greeks through.

The result means the only route back into the Champions League for Arteta and co. is the Premier League – somthing Keown suspects will not happen – but they are currently ninth in the table and seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

But Keown thinks Arsenal missing out on Europe’s premier competition would be a blessing in disguise, because they’re miles off the level required to compete with the best.

‘He [Arteta] knows where the problems are he said that they were in control but never really comfortable,’ Keown told BT Sport.

‘He was arguing that it wasn’t a slow start, I thought it was.

‘If you’re going to lose a game against Olympiacos, they’ve lost 10 of their last 11 fixtures away from home.

‘If Arsenal are thinking about getting into the Champions League we’d get mauled by the top teams.

‘Arsenal are just not good enough now to be at that level.

‘We looked at the likes of Real Madrid and Man City last night, we’re an awful long way behind those teams.’

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