Arsenal have unlikely goalscoring partnership growing as Willian finds form for Gunners
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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.
Arsenal appear to have found a very unlikely goalscoring partnership in recent weeks following Willian’s rise in form.
Brazil winger Willian has been off the pace for most of the season since joining Arsenal last summer.
But the 32-year-old has notched up four assists in his last four matches in all competitions, and is proving to be an important player for Mikel Arteta.
The former Chelsea man helped to set up Gabriel from a corner as Arsenal charged to a 3-1 win over Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday night.
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Interestingly, despite his overall lack of contribution, Willian has managed to assist all three of fellow countryman Gabriel’s goals this season.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown was full of praise for Gabriel, notably his headed goal, at full-time in the 3-1 win.
“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.”
Martin Odegaard struck first for Arsenal, before a hospital pass from Bernd Leno resulted in Dani Ceballos’ being robbed of the ball to allow Youssef El-Arabi to peg them back.
Mohamed Elneny wrapped up the first leg with a fine strike in the 85th minute.
And despite an error-strewn showing, Arteta said he was pleased with his side’s overall performance, and glad to see them producing so many good opportunities to score.
“We started the game really well, very dominant, created a lot of chances. We should have scored two or three in the first half.
“We gave them a goal trying to play out from the back. And then we reacted really well to score two more goals. And we should have probably scored one more.
“Overall a really positive result but we have to stop making the errors that are costing goals because we cannot sustain that at that level.”
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