Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has aimed a subtle dig at Tottenham Hotspur after they crashed out of the Europa League.
The Gunners boss wasn’t too happy with his own side’s performance tonight. We created multiple chances and we could’ve easily scored three, but in typical Arsenal fashion, we let Olympiacos win the game.
Thankfully, it didn’t matter too much as the damage was done in the first-leg. Arsenal move on to the quarter-finals of the competition, but Tottenham – hilariously – crashed out after bottling a two-goal lead.
Arteta was quizzed about our neighbours’ result and the Arsenal boss appeared to aim a subtle dig. He claimed that ‘people’ take this competition for granted because their club have a bigger name than the opposition, and Spurs did exactly that tonight.
He said in his post-match press conference: “It shows the level of the opposition.
“People take for granted that you play against any opponent and you’re going to be through because of the name of the club they represent. It’s not like that.” (HaytersTV)
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Firstly, let’s all laught at Tottenham.
Secondly, Arteta is spot on. It is easy to call the Europa League a second-tier competition where you come up against teams you’ve never even heard of. But, it is important to know that these teams are more than capable of knocking you out.
Tottenham learnt this the hard way today and as hilarious as it is for us, we must make sure the same does not happen to us in the next round of the competition – even if we draw a team who are no match for us on paper.