Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blames tiredness and muscle cramps for his miss as Arsenal crash out to Olympiacos in the Europa League

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stunned by his late miss for Arsenal in their defeat to Olympiacos
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stunned by his late miss for Arsenal (BT Sport)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claims tiredness and muscle cramps were a factor behind his late miss as Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League to Olympiacos on Thursday evening.

The Gunners had a 1-0 lead on aggregate from the first leg but were forced to go to extra time after Pape Abou Cisse put the Greek side ahead in the 53rd minute at the Emirates Stadium.

Aubameyang struck a brilliant overhead kick to make it 1-1 and put Arsenal back in front on aggregate before Youssef El-Arabi struck to restore Olympiacos’ lead with a minute remaining.

But Aubameyang was handed a clear-cut chance from seven yards out in the closing stages of the match, however the Arsenal striker lashed his effort wide of goal.

Asked about his late miss which would have put Arsenal through to the Europa League last-16, Aubameyang replied: ‘Yeah… I don’t even know, I feel very, very bad, yeah that can happen, I don’t know how I missed this chance, I was tired, I had some cramps.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had his head in his hands after his late miss for Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had his head in his hands after his late miss for Arsenal (Getty Images)

‘But its not an excuse, I have to score this goal, but that can happen.

‘I think it was tough because they play very deep, it was hard to find solutions i the final third, as I said it was a tough game, it was tough to find some spaces.

Arsenal’s only hope of securing Champions League qualification is now through the Premier League but Mikel Arteta’s side are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

‘We will try to keep improving in the league,’ said Aubameyang.

‘We will try to win as many games as possible, we well see how many chances we have to qualify.’

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