Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he should have rescued Arsenal with the last kick of the game as the Gunners crashed out of the Europa League on away goals to Olympiakos.
The Gunners went into the game with a 1-0 advantage but were sloppy and sluggish from the off against a well organised defensive unit.
Even after Pape Abou Cisse levelled the tie on 53 minutes, Mikel Arteta’s players struggled to find the urgency to up the tempo and the game drifted towards extra-time.
Aubameyang’s acrobatic effort with seven minutes remaining looked like it might be enough only for Youssef El Arabi to send the Greeks into ecstasy with a late tap-in.
As the Emirates Stadium rapidly emptied, a final gilt-edged chance fell to the Gabon international but he fired wide much to the dismay of those who stayed in their seats.
“I don’t even know,” a frustrated Aubameyang told BT Sport when asked how he missed.
“I feel very, very bad but that can happen. I don’t know how I missed this chance. I was tired and I had some cramps but it’s not an excuse. I have to score this goal.”
Mikel Arteta was similarly disappointed by the way the game played out, especially the manner in which his players conceded at the death.
In the build-up, Bernd Leno conceded a cheap corner and even after the initial set piece was cleared, a second ball from the right caused havoc at the back post.
“It hurts a lot,” he told BT Sport. “We had a lot of intentions in this competition. It was very important for us. Emotionally it has been a very difficult game.
“We tried and tried and tried, we threw everything at them. They defended very deep. We managed to score though and we were through but then we conceded a late corner and it was another set piece.
“To attack against 10 players is a very difficult thing. I felt we created enough chances to win the game comfortably. It didn’t happen but we had to manage the game much better in the final five minutes.”