Youssef El Arabi equals Lionel Messi record

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Him again. Youssef El Arabi again offered a majestic performance with Olympiakos against Arsenal in the Europa League, despite the elimination of his club. The Morocco international also tied a Lionel Messi record, but not only.

Youssef El Arabi scored the only goal at Emirates Stadium but it was not enough to help the Greek visitors advance in European competition.

However, the Moroccan can be proud to have added yet another dedication to his record, becoming 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 in the quarter-finals. Olympiakos withdrew with a 3-2 aggregate score following their 3-1 loss to Athens a week ago.

After a scoreless first half at Emirates Stadium, the 34-year-old striker put his right-footed shot in the net in the 51st minute, thanks to an assist from Giorgos Masouras.

This goal also allows the former Al-Duhail to score his 50th goal in all competitions with Olympiakos in all competitions since his arrival in the summer of 2019, so 5 in the Europa League.

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