Mikel Arteta forced to make desperate demand to Arsenal stars in last 20 minutes

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was forced to make a desperate demand to his players in the last 20 minutes of their clash with Olympiacos.

The Gunners lost 1-0 on the night to the Greek side but made it through to the Europa League quarter-finals as 3-2 victors on aggregate.

Fans were left sweating as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a handful of chances and Youssef El-Arabi got a goal in both legs.

But Arteta was overheard letting the pressure get to him on the touchline at the Emirates Stadium.

According to BT Sport's commentators, the Spaniard could be heard saying: "Keep it, just keep it!"

This came with just over 15 minutes left to play as the north London side had stretched Olympiacos across the pitch.

While the commentator added: "Arteta there was throwing his hands up in disgrace."

Arsenal may have had a 3-1 lead to take into the round-of-16 second leg against the Greek Super League side but they did not beat goalkeeper Jose Sa.

The best chance of the first half fell to Aubameyang, returning to the starting XI following a surprise snub for the 2-1 win over Tottenham.

While El-Arabi, having scored in the fist leg, drove straight at Bernd Leno to keep it level on the night.

But the Moroccan managed to get the ball into the net six minutes after the break, finishing off a counter attack and deflecting his shot off Gabriel Magalhaes.

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