Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made an emotional plea to Arsenal fans after they were shockingly eliminated from the Europa League by Olympiakos .
The Gunners’ star forward netted an outstanding extra-time goal which looked as though it would be enough to earn them a spot in the next round.
However, Youssef El-Arabi scored in the 119th minute and Aubameyang then missed a gilt-edged chance moments later, which meant Olympiakos progressed via the away goals rule after winning the game 2-1 and drawing the tie 2-2.
Addressing the loss and his miss on Instagram , Aubameyang wrote: “I Woke up This Morning praying as usual and i thanks God for what he gave me.
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“An incredible Family and you Fans are part of it thanks for all the messages and the love i received since yesterday.
“Football is great Even if he gives you sometimes Strange emotions but i Take it as a lesson again and keep my head up Season’s Not over yet we’ll fight as a Team Till the end.”
With Arsenal currently ninth in the Premier League and seven points off fourth place, winning the Europa League was perhaps their best chance of securing a spot in the Champions League next season.
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Unfortunately for the Gunners, that opportunity is now gone and Aubameyang was very emotional in his post match interview.
“[I am] Very very disappointed. What can I say. It’s very hard, very tough,” he told BT Sport. “I think we missed putting some pace in the game, that cost us today.
“The last minute goal was unlucky for us. I don’t even know [how I missed that chance], I feel very very bad.
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“But that can happen. I don’t know how I missed this chance. I was tired, I had some cramps but I had to score that goal.”
“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 some space.
“We try to keep improving in the league and win as many games as possible and we’ll see what our chance to qualify is.”
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