ARSENAL were made to work for their win away at Olympiacos with Alexandre Lacazette getting the only goal of the game late on.
In truth, the North Londoners – and their French match-winner – should have had more, but they were wasteful in the final third and disappointing going forward.
And they had Bernd Leno to thank for the scores remaining level until the 81st minute when Lacazette had the simplest of tasks of tapping home into an empty net.
Mikel Arteta fielded a strong starting XI in Greece, but even though they came away with the win and a clean sheet, he will surely feel as though his side should have performed better.
Here’s how SunSport’s Jake Lambourne rated and slated the Gunners.
BERND LENO – 8
Denied Mathieu Valbuena with a magnificent save early in the first half and was always on his toes ready to snuff out danger.
Top performance between the sticks. Arsenal’s best player on the night.
SOKRATIS – 4
The make-shift right-back was often left isolated and struggled to contain Valbuena, with the 35-year-old finding it to easy to get past him.
It was not an impressive performance from the ex-Borussia Dortmund man who looked slow, lethargic and completely off the pace at times.
SHKODRAN MUSTAFI – 6
A different player to the one that we saw under Unai Emery, the German was strong in the tackle and aggressive in the air.
DAVID LUIZ – 6
Another centre-back that has raised their game under Arteta, the Brazilian did well to recover send balls, and was a leader at the back.
BUKAYO SAKA – 7
Looked a threat when running with the ball, but his end product in the first half was lacking.
However he popped up with his ninth assist in all competitions late on as his low cross was swept home by Lacazette.
MATTEO GUENDOUZI – 5
Was targeted by Olympiacos as players frequently went in late on him.
The Frenchman dallied on the ball on his return to the side, and often slowed down the tempo.
GRANIT XHAKA – 6
Tidy and composed on the ball and always looked for a forward pass. Helped out Saka by constantly covering his position when the teenager darted forward.
JOE WILLOCK – 6
Effortlessly glided past the opposition frequently as he carried the ball over 50 yards on some occasions. But like many others, struggled to find that killer pass in the final third.
GABRIEL MARTINELLI – 5
Was always looking to be an option for his team-mates and constantly chased every ball.
But this game the teenager struggled to make his mark.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG – 4
For a player as quick as Aubameyang, it’s a mystery that he rarely used his pace to try and beat his man.
He also failed to help Sokratis early in the first half, which almost proved costly. Never looked like scoring.
ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE – 5
Somehow missed from seven yards out in the first half when it looked easier to score and was often a passenger for most of the game.
Good movement to get in position to tap home Saka’s delivery, but then missed another sitter moments after. Despite scoring, he was very poor.
DANI CEBALLOS (on for Martinelli) – 5
Was given plenty of chance to make a difference, but didn’t look like the creative spark Arsenal needed.
NICOLAS PEPE (on for Willock) – 5
Looked to run with the ball whenever he got on possession, but he rarely got a chance too.
AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES (on for Sokratis) – 5
Came on injury time and did well to win the ball back late on.