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Mikel Arteta has found ‘proper player’ after Arsenal’s Europa League win

Olympiacos v Arsenal: Match in pictures

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Arsenal have one foot in the Europa League quarter finals after picking up a 3-1 victory against Olympiacos. Martin Odegaard, Gabriel and Mohamed Elneny were on the scoresheet for the Gunners in Greece.

Mikel Arteta has found himself a “proper central defender” in Gabriel after he showed his attacking prowess in win over Olympiacos on Thursday.

Arsenal are now within touching distance of the Europa League quarter finals after picking up a 3-1 victory in Greece.

The Gunners were off the pace for much of the game though, and committed multiple errors, one of which led to an Olympiacos equaliser.

Arteta’s side struck twice late on though to put themselves in a commanding position.

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Brazilian centre-back Gabriel led the charge with a towering header from a corner to put Arsenal ahead.

And former Gunners defender Keown was full of praise for the 23-year-old at full-time.

“Gabriel is a proper central defender. The power, the finish… this is a proper player,” Keown told BT Sport.

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“Olympiakos are sloppy defensively but it’s a hell of a leap from Gabriel.

“It’s a powerful header, he wants to take charge and makes things happen. That goal changed the tie.”

Known admitted that Arsenal were their own worst enemy in the defeat as mistakes almost ended up costing. them

“[They] Came through a lot didn’t they. We said that the only way they could slip is a mistake that they made,” he added.

“Yep that happened. Really disappointed with Leno for passing it to Ceballos.

“Ceballos actually coming on was a bit of shock to me, I did say let’s put our crash helmets on because last time he played against Benfica and gave two goals away.

“But I understand the manager wants him back in the team. Believes in him. But the ball that Leno gives to him puts him in all sorts of trouble.

“They score from that and for 15 minutes after we looked quite rocky. But the way they got back into it, showed character.

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