Mikel Arteta: Arsenal has improved since 'cruel' loss to Olympiacos last season

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal has improved since 'cruel' loss to Olympiacos last season

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are determined to put things right when they face Olympiacos in the Europa League, a year after being knocked out of the competition by the Greek side.

Olympiacos stunned Arsenal in last season's last-32, with a 119th minute extra-time winner earning them an away goals win.

Incredibly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an even later chance to send Arsenal through with virtually the last kick of the game after Olympiacos had edged ahead.

But the Gunners captain volleyed wide from close range and Arsenal were dumped out in heart-breaking fashion.

Ahead of the first leg of Arsenal's reunion with Olympiacos, Arteta said: 'It was a really tough one to swallow.

'The way it happened in the end was really cruel after everting we did in the two games to lose the way we did, in terms of the last chance that Auba had but we moved on.

'Obviously we have some feelings towards that team and we want to put it right in the next round obviously.

'I think we are a better team than last year. Looking back at the two games we played and the way we are playing now I think we have come a long way.

'They have some different players as well but a similar structure to last year. They have been doing really well. They played in the Champions League.

'They got knocked out of the Champions League, played against Manchester City, two really good games as well so they will be a really tough opponent.'

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