Morocco’s El-Arabi equals Messi, Robben and Lewandowski’s feat against Arsenal

The 34-year-old scored the only goal at Emirates Stadium but it was not enough to help the Greek visitors advance in European competition.

Olympiacos striker Youssef El-Arabi has become the fourth player to score in three consecutive games against Arsenal in major European competitions after Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich duo Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski.

El-Arabi’s goal on Thursday gave the Greek giants a 1-0 victory over the Gunners in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16, but that was not enough to help them progress to the quarter-finals.

Olympiacos withdrew with an aggregate score of 3-2 after their 3-1 loss to Athens a week ago.

After a scoreless first half at the Emirates Stadium, the Moroccan international put his right-footed shot in the net in the 51st minute, thanks to an assist from Giorgos Masouras.

The strike was El-Arabi’s third goal against Mikel Arteta’s side after scoring the last-minute goal that sent them to the Europa League last February and his side’s only goal in their first leg loss. A week ago,

The 34-year-old is currently Olympiacos’ top scorer with 19 goals in 23 league appearances, bringing his tally to 23 in all competitions this season.

Towards the end of Thursday’s game, Senegalese defender Ousseynou Ba was in tears after receiving a red card for throwing the ball away.

Ba was initially given a yellow card for a challenge on Gabriel Martinelli but the referee chose to immediately give him marching orders based on his reaction.

Guinean Mohamed Camara was also in action for Olympiacos while Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ghanaian Thomas Partey, Ivorian Nicolas Pepe and Egyptian Mohamed Elneny were featured for Arsenal.

On the international scene, El-Arabi is one of 24 players called up by Morocco for their qualifying matches for the Africa Cup of Nations against Mauritania and Burundi on March 26 and 30 respectively.

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