Aubameyang admits there was ‘no excuse’ for miss in Arsenal Europa League exit

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admitted there was no excuse for his late miss as Arsenal exited the Europa League on away goals against Olympiacos.

Mikel Arteta's Gunners were dumped out of Europe in a dramatic extra-time loss at the Emirates, with Youssef El-Arabi scoring a 119th-minute winner for the Greek side.

That came just six minutes after Aubameyang appeared to have set Arsenal on course for victory, rifling in a spectacular overhead kick to equalise on the night after Pape Cisse had scored from a corner in the second half of normal time.

Even after El-Arabi's late winner, Aubameyang had a chance to send the Gunners through to Friday's last-16 draw, but he uncharacteristically fluffed his lines from six yards as the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.

And the Gabon striker was clearly hurting following his side's late heartbreak.

"Very, very disappointing," said Aubameyang on BT Sport. "What can I say? It is very, very hard. It was a tough game again.

"The last-minute goal was, yeah, unlucky for us. That is it."

Asked how he missed that late chance, Aubameyang said: "I don't even know. I feel very, very bad.

"It can happen but I do not know how I missed this chance. I was tired, I had some cramps but it is not an excuse."

The striker admitted Olympiacos had proved tough to break down with their with their 5-4-1 formation, saying: "It was tough because they played very deep.

"It was hard to find the solutions in the final third. It was a really tough game and tough to find spaces."

The Europa League could have offered Arsenal a route into next season's Champions League.

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