first_img Comment Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal in front before missing a late chance against Olympiacos (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie criticised Alexandre Lacazette for failing to put Arsenal in total control of their Europa League round of 32 tie after the striker fluffed a late chance to double his tally away to Olympiacos.It was Mikel Arteta’s first European match in charge of the Gunners and the Spaniard will be confident of progressing through to the next round, with Lacazette scoring the only goal of Thursday night’s first leg in the 81st minute.Bukayo Saka was again the provider with an exquisite pass for Lacazette’s strike, the youngster’s ninth assist of the season in all competitions, but the visitors will be disappointed after missing an opportunity to go further ahead with five minutes remaining in Athens.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s players broke with pace after an Olympiacos corner came to nothing and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found Lacazette on the edge of the box whose first touch badly let him down meaning he was unable to complete a quickfire brace.ADVERTISEMENT Lacazette didn’t help himself with his first touch (Picture: BT Sport) The strike was easily saved by Olympiakos’ goalkeeper (Picture: BT Sport)The Frenchman did manage to get a shot away but it was directed straight at Olympiacos goalkeeper Jose Sa who nudged the ball behind to safety and Arteta’s men had to settle for a one-goal advantage heading into the second leg at the Emirates.Though Van Persie was impressed with Arsenal’s performance late on at the Karaiskakis Stadium, he felt Lacazette should have converted his late chance.‘They should have [extended their lead] in the end. The last 15 minutes were really good and they created three or four really good chances,’ the ex-Arsenal forward said on BT Sport.‘This is a nice counter-attack [leading up to Lacazette’s chance] but this is what I want to talk about. This is not world-class, this particular action. Aubameyang found Lacazette on the edge of the penalty area (Picture: BT Sport) Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Feb 2020 8:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Van Persie was critical of Lacazette’s first touch (Picture: BT Sport)‘His body movement is too close, it’s too much towards the ball. His body should be more open so he can have that slight touch, similar to the one [Erling] Haaland had against PSG, sliding it through so you only need one touch.‘Lacazette needs two touches to get a shot in. He does well with the second touch but he needs an extra second. He knows what I mean.‘With the first touch he should put it at an angle where he only needs two or maximum three steps to have a clear shot. He didn’t do it there.’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 CityFormer Arsenal defender Martin Keown added: ‘That’s why the first touch is everything.‘Concentrate on your first touch and then everything takes care of itself after that because it sets you up.‘But he’s done well actually with his second touch to get it away.’Van Persie replied: ‘Yeah, but he should have done better.’ Arteta’s side head into the second leg with a one-goal advantage (Picture: Getty)Arteta was pleased to come away from Athens with a victory, but he was disappointed that Lacazette and co were unable to extend Arsenal’s lead in the dying moments.‘It was a really good result first of all. To win away in Europe is very difficult,’ he said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘To come to a ground like this and get a result, credit to the lads.‘We suffered in the first ten minutes, I think we gave a lot of simple balls away when we had the chance to open them up and generate the overloads and the situations to run, we gave the ball away so we could not generate continuity in our play.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘After that we started to have more control of the game and create the situation we wanted.‘We missed a couple of good opportunities and in the second half, apart from the set-pieces, I think we controlled the game much better defensively and in the opponents’ half and we had chances to score more.‘I think we could have put the tie in a much better position.‘It’s still good but we had clear chances with top players that we expect to put the ball in the net.’MORE: Robin van Persie compares ‘world-class’ Bukayo Saka to Arsenal and Manchester United legends Robin van Persie criticises Alexandre Lacazette over late missed chance against Olympiacos Advertisementlast_img