Beware the Olympiakos banana skin (at least Ospina is not in goal!)

148 away games played, just 37 won. 93 lost.

But one of those wins was against Arsenal back in 2015. That game where David Ospina caught a corner and somehow ended up behind his own goal line.

On the face of it, tonight should be a formality for Arsenal, with a 1-0 lead against a team that rarely wins away in Europe. But the 3-2 scoreline that they beat Arsenal by in 2015 would be enough to see them through.

Whilst Arsenal are heavy favourites, we should not get complacent.

We have not exactly been great this season, and whilst we have improved under Mikel Arteta, it will not take much to shatter our confidence.

Earlier this season, in the height of the “bad days” under Unai Emery, we lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt – we beat them 3-0 at their place. That saw Emery lose his job. A similar scoreline will see Arsenal out,.

In 2018 we bought a 3-0 lead from the away leg back to Islington against Östersund. We found ourselves 2-0 down inside 25 minutes. We ended up losing the game 2-1. Enough to see us through that night, but it would not be enough to see us through tonight.

And who will forget us blowing a 3-0 lead at home to Anderlecht in the Champions League back in 2014? The year before that result against Olympiakos, Anderlecht fought back and had chances to win.

There are plenty of banana skins ahead in the Europa League, but before we look forward to the Round of 16, let’s get over this one first.

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