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Ødegaard and Elneny set up Arsenal’s Europa League victory at Olympiakos

On the day that Daniel Levy celebrated his 20th anniversary as the Tottenham chairman, it was perhaps inevitable that the lack of silverware on his watch would be highlighted. The return amounts to a single League Cup.

Risk and reward sit either side of the thinnest divide. As the minutes ticked down this began to feel like another addition, perhaps the most critical one, to the case that Arsenal are not quite ready to succeed with the playing style Mikel Arteta desires. They had been superior to Olympiakos in every department bar the part of one’s brain that dictates when, and how, to weave intricate passing moves from the back. When Youssef El-Arabi finally punished them with an equaliser shortly before the hour, raising the spectre of last season’s second-leg heist, there was an obvious danger they had been too clever for their own good.

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