first_img Read More Read More Video Settings Coral BarryTuesday 10 Mar 2020 11:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link451Shares / PLAY Olympiakos targeted Bukayo Saka to knock Arsenal out of Europa League Olympiakos decided to man mark Saka (Picture: Getty)‘We’ve scored a lot from set pieces,’ he continued. ‘We work on it a lot. ‘In these situations, we have players with big quality like (Mathieu) Valbuena and Giorgos (Masouras). They deliver the ball well and then after, we have (Pape Abou) Cisse, (Osseynou) Ba, (Ruben) Semedo or Youssef (El-Arabi) — they are strong in the area.’Martins did not want to go into too much detail about Arsenal’s flaws, saying: ‘I have respect for Arsenal.’Following the disappointment against Olympiakos, Arsenal can only qualify for the Champions League through the Premier League.Three league wins in a row have given fresh hope to Arsenal’s chances of finishing in a Champions League spot and only five points separate them and fifth-place Manchester United. MORE: Manchester United’s Europa League clash vs LASK to be played behind closed doorsMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is having to teach Nicolas Pepe the absolute basics of how to be a wingerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling About Connatix V67539 Full Screen Advertisement Read More 1/1 Read More ‘Saka is amazing,’ Martins told the Athletic. ‘He’s one of Arsenal’s most dangerous players. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We worked hard to counter the width on that side.’Olympiakos winger Lazar Randjelovic was tasked with tracking Saka.center_img Comment by Metro Skip SPONSORED Advertisement Saka played both legs against Olympiakos (Picture: Getty)Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins has revealed his side paid particular attention to Bukayo Saka during their victory over Arsenal in the Europa League.Arsenal were dumped out of the competition thanks to last-gasp winner from Youssef El Arabi in extra-time of the last-32 tie at the Emirates.Olympiakos showed incredible resilience in London after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled the game in the 119th minute to put Arsenal in front in the tie.Saka, 18, played 120 minutes in the game and Martins explained why his side had to target the youngster during the match.ADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Skip Ad Martins explained: ‘He’s fast and it enabled us to better control that flank.’Saka started at left-back in both legs against Olympiakos and had assisted Arsenal’s winner in Greece in the away fixture.Martins also revealed that he focused on set-pieces as Arsenal had experienced issues defending dead-ball situations.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal had conceded twice against Everton from set-pieces in their previous game and Martins was keen to exploit that weakness.‘We watched many games,’ he said. ‘We almost saw the weakness. Most importantly, we saw what is standard in how the team operates… against that weakness, we tried to work our plan.’ Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1 min. story Read More Top articleslast_img

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