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first_img Leading 1-0 from the first leg, the Gunners were way below their best form and Pape Abou Cisse eventually made them pay by levelling the tie on aggregate with a 53rd-minute header. Read Also: Ighalo pays tribute to late sister after scoring first Man Utd goalNeither side could find a goal and so the tie went into extra-time, the first half of which saw Mustafi limp off with a hamstring complaint.Utilising the availability of a fourth substitution, Arteta sent on Gabriel Martinelli for the second period.Masouras hit the crossbar before Aubameyang appeared to have settled the tie with a superb acrobatic volley. But it was El Arabi and Olympiacos who had the last laugh, leaving Arsenal relying on qualifying for the Champions League through the Premier League.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouProbably The World’s Most Beautiful Ceilings!How Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League as Youssef El Arabi’s 119th-minute strike handed Olympiacos a stunning 2-1 win on the night, sending them through on away goals.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Just as the match appeared to be heading for the first ever penalty shoot-out in this arena, Aubameyang smashed in a sensational 113th-minute strike to hand the home side the advantage.Yet there was a dramatic sting in the tail as substitute Giorgos Masouras crossed for El Arabi to steer a low shot past Bernd Leno.There was still one last chance for Arsenal to win it, however, but Aubameyang somehow missed from six yards out in a central position, the final whistle coming seconds later cueing jubilant scenes in the away end.Olympiacos arrived with a 5,000-strong travelling support but in truth either set of fans had little to cheer in a dire first-half punctuated by two dangerous Nicolas Pepe moments, one a free-kick just off target, and sporadic counter-attacks from the visitors lacking any real potency.Arteta had named a strong side including Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang but they could not muster a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes and were made to pay for a lacklustre performance eight minutes after the restart.Mathieu Valbuena swing over a corner and Cisse made the simplest of runs, completely unmarked, to meet the ball first time with a header that flew past Bernd Leno in a flash.Olympiacos sensed a famous upset. Kostas Tsimikas jinked forward and let fly from 20 yards, forcing Leno into an acrobatic save away to his left.Arsenal finally stirred into life as the game entered the final 15 minutes, Pepe collecting Granit Xhaka’s Crossfield pass to unleash a left-foot shot Jose Sa did well to save. From the loose ball, Shkodran Mustafi found Lacazette but he couldn’t make enough contact with a header inside the six-yard box.last_img read more

first_imgAston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is determined to rid the club of its “losing mentality”. Press Association Sherwood oversaw the club’s escape from relegation last season after taking over the struggling Barclays Premier League side in February. But despite that survival, and surprise run to the FA Cup final, it remained an uncomfortable experience. center_img Villa lost their last two league games – including a 6-1 thrashing by Southampton – and finished just one place above the drop zone in 17th. Former Tottenham boss Sherwood, preparing for his first full season as a manager, said: “I said in the latter stages of last season that there is, unfortunately, a losing mentality in the dressing room at Aston Villa. “It is something we need to get rid of. It would help by bringing in new players who are used to winning and, also, it is for my staff to instil into them that it is a clean sheet. Everyone is on a level playing field and we need to move forward. “It needs to hurt the players as much as it hurts me to lose football matches.” Villa have added to their squad this summer by signing defender Micah Richards on a free transfer from Manchester City and Sherwood believes the Premier League and FA Cup winner brings the champion spirit he wants. Speaking at a special event in the Villa Park tunnel to launch the club’s new strips for the 2015-16 season, Sherwood said: “He is a winner. He is a Premier League champion at a great age and is hungry for success. “What he brings more than anything is a winning mentality.” last_img read more

first_imgPaul took the big shots and he made the key passes.Griffin was given an added responsibility this season, with the Clippers shifting to a motion offense in which the ball could end up in anybody’s hands, and that was part of the plan. He could even dribble the ball up court now and again, the power forward giving the guards a ball-handling break.“He’s always done it, but obviously when you lose a Chris Paul you put the ball in his hands more,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Griffin the playmaker. “You put the ball in everyone’s hands more. Our ball movement has been better and Blake has been a better passer.“When I first took this job, the first thing someone told me was, ‘You’re going to be shocked by Blake’s passing.’ The statement shocked me because you didn’t see it as much. And they were right. I mean, he has the ability to see the floor. The ability was always in him.”THE TEODOSIC EFFECTThe departure of Paul hasn’t exactly destroyed the Clippers’ ability to set each other up for baskets. They are averaging 21.8 assists through the season’s first 47 games, not far off last season’s average of 22.5 with Paul directing their play. Blake Griffin the passer doesn’t get nearly the love that Blake Griffin the dunker or Blake Griffin the 3-point shooter or Blake Griffin the rebounder does. There’s more to Griffin’s game than brute strength or offensive muscle this season, though.After all, he is the Clippers’ second-leading playmaker, averaging a career-best 5.4 assists going into Friday’s game against the Grizzlies in Memphis. Only point guard Milos Teodosic, whose job it is to ensure the ball ends up in the right hands, is averaging more at 5.5 assists.Griffin’s previous career-best was in 2014-15, when he averaged 5.3 assists.The Clippers changed their style of play after trading future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets during the offseason. The ball was in Paul’s hands in all situations, especially when the Clippers ran a pick-and-roll dominated offense. Teodosic, a 30-year-old rookie from Serbia, has stepped into the void.Overall, the Clippers are only 23-24, but are 13-7 with Teodosic in their lineup. He injured the plantar fascia in his left foot in the first half of the second game of the season, Oct. 21, and sat out 22 games. He missed two games for rest and three others after aggravating the injury.“He’s a savant basketball-wise,” Rivers said of Teodosic. “He’s a great passer. He has a great feel. It’s still his first year in the NBA. Defensively, it’s tough for him. He’s never played against athletes with this speed, so we’re trying to put him on the right guys.“He’s also never played more than 30 minutes a night, so you have to be careful with that. He’s just a great guy to have on your team. He’s just got a great spirit. He’s one of those guys you like being around, to be honest. … He is important for our ball movement. It’s infectious.“There are guys who are like that. They just pass so much everyone wants to join in.”ROAD WARRIORSThe Clippers face the Grizzlies on Friday in Memphis and the Pelicans on Sunday in New Orleans before returning Tuesday to Staples Center to play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Clippers then play seven of their next 10 games on the road.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more