Progress to the quarter-finals for Arsenal and reintegration to the starting lineup for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: all things considered, perhaps you could say it was timely. It was certainly not straightforward, though, and they were made to sweat during the second half after Youssef El-Arabi scored for an Olympiakos side who briefly suggested they might far outdo the turnaround they completed here in last season’s round of 32.

Aubemeyang had been prompt in arriving at the stadium this time but he missed two excellent opportunities to give the night a more comfortable hue and it was a reminder that, in both boxes, Arsenal still need to discover the composure required to make them convincing contenders for the trophy.

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