Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang close to tears as he opens up on glaring Arsenal miss

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could not hide his emotions after trying to explain his horror miss for Arsenal in their extra-time defeat to Olympiakos in the Europa League.

The Gunners were sent packing from the competition despite leading 1-0 going into the second leg at the Emirates on Thursday.

Aubameyang looked to have saved Mikel Arteta ’s blushes after scoring what looked like the decisive goal in extra-time with a brilliant overhead kick.

But the Greek side answered back with a strike from Youssef El Arabi with the clock on 119 minutes.

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Arsenal though still had a chance to win it with the last kick of the tie as the ball fell right into the path of Aubameyang just yards out from goal.

But the Gabon international somehow fired wide of the post when it looked easier to miss.

And the former Borussia Dortmund hitman could not hide his disappointment in his post-match interview.

"Very, very disappointing. What can I say? It is very, very hard. It was a tough game again,” he told BT Sport.

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"The last-minute goal was, yeah, unlucky for us. That is it."

Asked how he missed that late chance: "I don't even know. I feel very, very bad. It can happen but I do not know how I missed this chance. I was tired, I had some cramps but it is not an excuse."

On why it was hard to break down Olympiakos: "It was tough because they played very deep. It was hard to find the solutions in the final third. It was a really tough game and tough to find spaces.

"We will try to keep improving in the league and try to win as many games as possible and we will see."

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It was the first time in Arsenal’s history that they had led a knockout tie going into the second leg at home and been eliminated.

The Europa League was the club’s best chance of getting back into the Champions League with their position in the league so poor.

Arteta’s men are currently seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table but also have five other teams ahead of them.

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