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Another blow: Sead Kolasinac dents Mikel Arteta’s Europa League plans as Arsenal maintain newfound resolve

The talking points from the Gunners’ 3-2 Premier League win over Everton.

Arsenal returned to Premier League action by securing their third successive win since returning from the February winter break.

The win proved crucial in the race for fifth place – which will ensure Champions League football – as the Gunners now sit just four points off Manchester United in fifth.

Going behind instantly, Mikel Arteta’s side were up against it. Goals from Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured that they were able to turn the tides, however, and end the game with another three points. The contributions of Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi also played a huge part in the win.

Mikel Arteta’s left-back situation

Starting Sead Kolasinac, it was clear that Arteta had the Europa League tie against Olympiacos in mind.

Bukayo Saka has been exceptional under him but starting six games straight and with another crucial match against the Greeks on Thursday (February 27), it was understandable why he was dropped to the bench against Everton.

Alongside this, Kolasinac has also played well under the Spaniard. Against Manchester United on New Year’s Day he was one of Arsenal’s most…