Arsenal fans have been reacting to the news that they will face Greek side Olympiacos in the Europa League knockout stages for the second time in successive seasons, with the Gunners having been drawn against them for the last-16.
The draw took place in Nyon, Switzerland, this afternoon after Arsenal completed a memorable comeback win over Benfica on Thursday night, winning 3-2 on the night in Athens and 4-3 on aggregate, thanks to the late heroics of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners’ reward is a Round of 16 tie with Olympiacos, as outlined above, and they will be determined to inflict revenge on the Greek outfit for being dumped out of the competition at the last-32 stage last season.
Arsenal won the first-leg 1-0 away from home thanks to a goal from Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette, ensuring they had an away goal in their favour ahead of the second-leg at the Emirates Stadium.
However, the north London outfit were stunned, losing 2-1 on the night, meaning they crashed out of the competition in extra time on the away goals rule.
With the Gunners now poised for a second meeting with the Greek giants in as many seasons in this competition, Arsenal’s fans have been reacting to the draw that was made a short time ago.
Below, football.london has taken a close look at the general feeling amongst the Arsenal fan base after it was confirmed they must go toe-to-toe with the Greek side once again.
As you can see from the tweets above, the vast majority of Gunners supporters are gunning for revenge after last season’s heartache, with plenty keen to see Arteta’s troops advance to the last-eight.
As well as that, one or two have referenced the links between Arsenal and former defender Sokratias, who is now on the books of the Greek club.
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The draw was unseeded without any country protection meaning, quite simply, anyone could have drawn anyone at this stage of the competition.
The first-leg Round of 16 ties will take place on March 11 with the second legs taking place a week later, on March 18.
Kick-off times will be spread between 5.55pm and 8pm kick-offs, and the decision on that split will be made soon when fixtures are confirmed.