Martin Keown delivers damning Mikel Arteta verdict as Arsenal lose in Europe

Mikel Arteta failed to get a response out of an ‘unprofessional’ Arsenal side who were sent crashing out of the Europa League on Thursday night.

That is the view of former Gunners defender Martin Keown, who says every single Gunners player could have done more against Olympiakos.

Arteta’s men missed out on a spot in the last 16 despite leading 1-0 from the first leg in Athens last week.

The Greek side came out firing in north London and took the game to Arsenal from the off.

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But they had to wait until early in the second half before netting the equaliser on aggregate through Pape Abou Cisse.

And the lacklustre home side could hardly muster up a response, meaning the tie went into extra-time.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s overhead kick looked to have won it for the Premier League side but Olympiakos responded to win it with just moments left to leave their travelling fans in raptures.

It was the first time in the club’s illustrious history that they had been knocked out of Europe after winning the first leg away from home.

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And Keown had strong words to say for his former team after the shock defeat at the Emirates.

"It was the first time I felt that the players were not responding to the manager and the manager did not know what changes to make,” he said on BT Sport after the game.

“There is so many disappointments in that Arsenal performance. There were so many unprofessional performances from players. Such a poor game for Arsenal.

"If you break down the performance you could have looked at every single player and say that they could have all done more.

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“Pepe is going to have to improve. Martinelli should have come on a lot earlier. Xhaka was taking the easy way out. A lot of players were not playing their best.”

The usually reliable Aubameyang still had a chance to win it for the Gunners with the last kick of the game but steered a guilt-edged chance wide of the post.

Keown added: ”It would have been the perfect way to finish but they didn’t. There was a lot of anger, fans were showing their anger at the end of the game. There is going to be a lot of fallout from this game."

Arsenal now look like missing out on Champions League football again for next season with their Premier League form not up to scratch.

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