UEFA Europa League
15 February 2018
0 - 2
0 - 3
On aggregate
0 - 3


0 - 1
13' Nacho Monreal (G)
0 - 2
0 - 3
58' M. Özil (G) (assist by: H. Mkhitaryan)


Minute   Description
It looks like a case of 'job done' for Arsenal here. Two early gifts from Monreal and a Papagiannopoulos own goal put the Gunners into a comfortable lead, before Ozil's low drive made it 3-0 in the second half. They still managed to give away a penalty in stoppage time, but Ospina was untroubled by Pettersson's tame effort towards the bottom-left corner. It gives Arsene Wenger's side some breathing space as they prepare for their EFL Cup Final against Manchester City, and can probably afford to rest players in the return leg at the Emirates. It finishes 3-0 to Arsenal!
90'+2 And there's the full-time whistle!
90'+1 SAVED! It's rolled towards the bottom left with barely any power by Pettersson. What a poor penalty.
PENALTY! Ostersunds have a penalty! Ghoddos races onto a clever ball into the box and Bellerin clips him and brings him down!
88' The game has slowed to almost walking pace here as Iwobi takes his time before whipping the ball into the box, but it doesn't quite fall for Nketiah.
86' Edwards wins the ball off Maitland-Niles in midfield, but his follow-up ball is tired and possession is lost immediately. He's worked hard tonight, like most of the Ostersunds side.
84' Arsenal's final change is made as Nelson replaces Mkhitaryan.
83' Nketiah replaces Welbeck for the last 10 minutes or so. Welbeck has had a quiet night. He'd have perhaps wanted to show a little more on what is a rare start for him.
81' MISS! Welbeck tries to curl the ball into the far corner after driving down the left, but it's just wide of the post!
79' Sema fires a cross in from the left, but there's too much power on it and it flies out for a throw-in on the opposite side.
76' Ghoddos shows some lovely skill as he turns away from Bellerin, who catches him as he spins past.
73' Widgren makes way for Bergqvist, who spent time with Exeter City, among other clubs in England.
Monreal makes way for Kolasinac at left-back.
71' Arsenal play lots of neat football in and around the box, before Welbeck lays Monreal off for a first-time strike, which ends up hitting Mkhitaryan.
67' The tempo of this game has dropped like a stone. Arsenal seem confident that the job is done and Ostersunds seem to agree. Neither side look like their hearts are really in the game at this point.
65' Ghoddos beats Mustafi with some wonderful feet, but the German centre-half gets back well to win it and play it to safety.
63' Mkhitaryan inexplicably runs the ball straight out of play on the left as he tries to break with pace. Very odd.
61' Arsenal look confortable now, knocking it about between themselves in their own half, before breaking forward through Bellerin, who eventually concedes a free-kick as it runs away form him.
58' Mkhitaryan pulled out to the left and his return ball to Ozil was perfectly weighted, allowing the German to simply take a touch and drill the ball home.
GOAL! Arsenal are surely out of sight now. It's arguably against the run of play, but Ozil plays it wide to Mkhitaryan and ghosts into the box, before firing a low shot in. The keeper got a big touch on it, but couldn't keep it out.
57' Keita spills Elneny's low cross from the right, but nobody is there to poke home the rebound. He's been poor tonight, the goalkeeper.
54' Arsenal really have switched off since going 2-0 up. Ostersunds look the liklier side to score and win another corner as they pile on the pressure. A little more quality in the final third and they'd get themselves right back into this tie.
52' BLOCK! Substitute Techie fires a shot at Iwboi that spins behind for a corner kick. It comes to nothing, however, and Ozli shows some lovely touches to bring the ball down and then back-heel for Welbeck to get his side out of trouble.
51' Lovely skill from Bellerin as he nutmegs his marker and collects the ball before playing it square.
50' Mkhitaryan is twice dispossessed, crowded out after his touch lets him down a little. Ostersunds have certainly switched on after their nightmare start.
48' Sema tries to drive at the Arsenal defence with pace, but Monreal deals with him confidently and get the Gunners back on the ball.
46' Gero comes off for Hopcutt as part of a double substitution.
Nouri comes off for Tekie at half-time as Potter tries to change his side's approach.
And Arsenal get the second half underway!
And there is the half-time whistle! Ostersunds shot themselves in the foot, gifting Arsenal two goals early on by trying to play out from the back under pressure. Monreal got the first as Keita spilled an Iwobi shot, tucking home the loose ball, before Mkhitaryan pounced on some suicidal play in the box to find the bottom corner via a big deflection off Papagiannopoulos. The hosts grew into the game and caused Arsenal problems in the final 15 minutes of the half, but were unable to carve many clear-cut openings. It's 2-0 to Arsenal at the break!
45'+1 MISS! Mkhitaryan uses Monreal's run as a decoy, cutting inside and trying to bend one into the top-right corner, but he gets just a little too much height on it. That should be that for the first half!
44' Ostersunds have stepped it up a notch at the end of the first half. Their intensity off the ball is giving Arsenal all sorts of problems in midfield, denying them time and space in possession.
43' MISS! Arsenal have gone to sleep! Sloppy play from Elneny allows the hosts in again, and Ospina watches a low drive fizz past his right-hand post!
42' SAVE! It's struck hard and around the wall well, but it's straight down the slot for Ospina.
41' Ostersunds are starting to pile on the pressure as the Arsenal midfield struggle to get a foothold in the game, and they win a free-kick in a dangerous position abour 20 yards from goal. Can they make this game interesting with a goal before half-time?
40' Wasteful from Welbeck as he ignores the run of Iwobi to his left and ends up losing the ball on the edge of the area.
39' OFFSIDE! Iwobi plays Welbeck in, and he reverses it to Ozil, whose low drive is saved, but the flag is raised anyway.
37' The hosts are playing some nice football here, stroking it around and playing in neat triangles. It's good to watch, but it's perhaps been their downfall - espeically too close to their own goal. It's almost a caricature of their illustrious opponents tonight.
36' Credit to Ostersunds, they're certainly having a go here. They work the ball forward well, but it's another speculative effort from distance that doesn't trouble Ospina.
34' MISS! Welbeck tries a first-time curling effort from the left-hand side of the box, but it's a little too high and it flies over. He made good contact there, but couldn't direct it into the top corner.
33' SAVE! Ghoddos breezes past Maitland-Niles, shrugging off the youngster's challenge, and advances to the edge of the box. He's got options either side, but goes for a speculative effort that is tame in the end, and Ospina can gather.
30' The hosts are certainly growing into this game, but it may be a case of too little, too late now.
29' SAVE! Ospina has to be really alert to keep Ostersunds out! Nouri smashes a ferocious half-volley at goal, and the keeper can only tip it over the bar and behind for a corner!
28' CHANCE! Ostersunds create their first real opening, working it wide on the left and whipping it in, but the resulting header from Gero is tame.
26' Potter will be fuming on the sidelines. His side have made their own problems. You can't give any side opportunities as easily as that, let alone a vastly more experienced opponent .
24' GOAL! Crazy stuff from Ostersunds at the back! Bellerin's low cross is blocked, but they try to play it between themselves under huge pressure inside the box, and Mkhitaryan nicks it back and fires it off Papagiannopoulos and into the bottom corner! It's 2-0 to Arsenal, and they've been given two gifts really.
22' Arsenal just seem to be taking a breather, playing the ball around just inside the opposition half. Perhaps they're trying to encourage the home side to come out of their rigid shape too.
19' The hosts are giving possession away cheaply and with regularity in dangerous areas by trying to play it out from the back. If Arsenal smell blood here, they could rack up a big scoreline, assuming Ostersunds don't change their approach.
16' SAVE! Arsenal are really turning the screw now. Mkhitaryan plays a quick one-two with Iwobi and lashes a shot at goal from 20 yards, but the goalkeeper is there to beat it away!
15' CHANCE! Mkhitaryan releases Iwobi with a superb ball, but the youngster's pass into Welbeck is slightly over-hit and the chance runs away from them.
13' GOAL! And Arsenal do break the deadlock through Monreal! He's certainly found an eye for goal lately! A short corner is worked into Iwobi in the box, and his shot is fumbled by the keeper, allowing the left-back to pounce on the rebound and tuck it away! It's 1-0 Arsenal!
12' INCREDIBLE BLOCK! Ostersunds try to play out from the back, it's nicked and the goalkeeper flies out to prevent what looks like a certain goal!
11' BLOCK! Bellerin's cross into Welbeck is headed out to Elneny, who strikes it on the volley, only to see it ricochet off a white shirt!
10' CHANCE! Ozil works his magic after a lot of patient possession on the edge of the box, slipping it into Mkhitaryan in the box, but his shot is blocked!
8' CHANCE! First real sight of goal for Arsenal! Welbeck is blocked off as he tries to work a yard in the box to shoot, and he slips as he plays it square, but the Gunners keep the ball and Elneny whips it back onto Welbeck's head, but he can only nod wide of the far corner!
6' TACKLE! Ghoddos looks like he's away down the left, but Mustafi comes across with a fantastic sliding challenge and wins the ball strongly! They looked a little exposed there though.
4' A loose ball looks to be heading out for a goal kick down the Arsenal right, but it bobbles onto the corner flag and stays in play! There's nobody running onto it though, and Ostersunds clear comfortably.
3' The hosts win the ball back in midfield and try to break quickly, but with perhaps a little too much enthusiasm as Maitland-Niles is fouled and the attack breaks down.
2' Plenty of possession for Arsenal in the Ostersunds half as they knock the ball about, with the three behind Welbeck interchanging freely.
1' And Ostersunds kick us off at the start of the first half!
Potter will look to his side's own talisman in the form of winger Sema, who has created the third-most chances in the competition behins Sergio Canales and Miralem Sulejmani.
Arsenal, however, will be keen to avoid any embarrassment here tonight, and will look for new signing Mkhitaryan to continue his fine run of form in the competition - he scored in six of his final nine appearances for Manchester United as they won the tournament.
Under Potter, Ostersunds won three of their six Europa League group stage games - the only Englishmen to have more are: Roy Hodgson, Alan Pardew, and Steve McClaren.
And Graham Potter's team have progressed further than any other Swedish side in European competition for 10 years, since Helsingborgs IF reached the last 32 of the UEFA Cup in 2007-08, before losing to PSV.
In fact, Ostersunds will be the 124th different opponent that Arsene Wenger has faced as manager of Arsenal in all competitions.
The Swedish side were formed on October 31, 1996 - 30 days after Arsene Wenger officially took charge of Arsenal (October 1, 1996).
The hosts qualified second via the head-to-head rule in a competitive Group J, despite being level on points with Athletic Bilbao (11) and having a superior goal difference.
Ostersunds will hope that their freezing temperatures and unfamiliar 4G pitch will be enough for them to spring a surprise on their opponents from North London, who topped Group H, accumulating 13 points and losing just once (W4 D1).
Arsenal substitutes: Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolasinac, Matt Macey, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock
Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny; Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Danny Welbeck
Ostersunds substitutes: Jamie Hopcutt, Hosam Aiesh, Dino Islamovic, Tesfaldet Tekie, Noah Sonko Sundberg, Douglas Bergqvist, Andreas Andersson
Ostersunds XI (4-4-2): Aly Keita; Dennis Widgren, Tom Pettersson, Sotiris Papagiannopoulos, Ronald Mukiibi; Ken Sema, Brwa Nouri, Samuel Mensah, Curtis Edwards; Alhaji Gero, Saman Ghoddos
The line-ups have been announced, and we'll start with the home side.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Europa League Round of 32 1st leg fixture between Ostersunds and Arsenal at the Jamtkraft Arena.


A. Keita
T. Pettersson
S. Papagiannopoulos
A. Gero
M. Özil
K. Sema
D. Ospina
A. Iwobi
C. Edwards
Nacho Monreal
D. Widgren
S. Mustafi
C. Chambers
Brwa Nouri
D. Welbeck
S. Mensah
R. Mukiibi
A. Maitland-Niles
Mohamed Elneny
H. Mkhitaryan
S. Ghoddos

Additional info

Raúl Cabañero
Fourth official
Miguel Martínez

Match Stats

Östersunds FK Arsenal
48 Attacks (Dangerous) 44
3 Corners 2
9 Fouls 4
7 Free Kicks 10
7 Goal Kicks 6
1 Offsides 3
1 Shots (blocked) 5
5 Shots (off target) 4
5 Shots (on target) 4
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
7 Throw Ins 17

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Premier League table

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Jämtkraft Arena

Jämtkraft Arena