Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he is not surprised to see Tottenham crash out of the Europa League.
Spurs were on the receiving end of one of the biggest upsets of the season as Dinamo Zagreb won 3-0 to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.
Mislav Orsic scored all three goals on a famous night for the Croatian minnows as they reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League for the first time in their history.
Jose Mourinho was left struggling to express his dismay after the humiliating defeat – but Arteta insists the result is not as unexpected as it may seem.
“It shows as well the level of opposition, that people take for granted that you play against an opponent and you will go through, because the name of the club that they represent,” said the Spaniard.
“It is not like that, every team in Europe is difficult to beat.”
Arteta was speaking after his side progressed to the quarter-finals with an aggregate 3-2 victory after two legs with Olympiacos.
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“Yes, we are really happy with that,” said the Gunners boss of his side advancing to the last eight.
“It’s enough step forward as a team so hopefully we can learn some lessons today and be ready because it will be even tougher.
“It’s true that we have beaten tough teams in Benfica and Olympiacos, but the next one will be even tougher.”
Outlining his aims for the rest of the season, Arteta added: “It’s about the level of quality that we have to produce, to be where we want to be, to compete in the Premier League with the teams that we have to compete with, and in Europe with the teams that we have to face in the next games.
“So it’s just about that, for the rest I’m incredibly proud and happy for the group that we have the determination, the spirit. But we need to go another step forward.”
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