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Östersunds FK 0-3 Arsenal: Gunners Take Control in Europa League Tie With Easy Win in Sweden

Targets from Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil helped Arsenal seize management of their Europa League spherical of 32 tie, with a Three-Zero victory over Östersund in Sweden on Thursday.

Following a dominant opening 15 minutes, Monreal tapped within the opener after Ostersunds keeper Aly Keita might solely parry Mohammed Elneny’s effort. Sotoris Papagiannapolous scored an personal aim within the first half after diverting Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross into his personal web, however Ozil rounded off the win after the break. Stand in captain for the night time, David Ospina, even saved a late penalty.

Arsene Wenger made 5 adjustments from the Arsenal facet that suffered derby defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, with Ospina, Calum Chambers, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck all coming into the beginning eleven.

With the Swedish soccer season operating on a summer time calendar fairly than a winter one, this was simply the second aggressive match of 2018 for the hosts, and English supervisor Graham Potter made 5 adjustments of his personal from the facet that beat Trelleborgs Three-Zero within the Swedish Cup on Friday.

Having maybe dominated possession and territory as anticipated within the opening exchanges, it was Welbeck who had the primary probability of the sport for Arsenal, however the stand in striker headed Elneny’s pull again off course from a decent angle seven minutes in.

The Gunners went even nearer twelve minutes into the sport when Ozil pounced on a weak clearance from Ostersunds keeper Keita, however after his effort beat the goalkeeper, defender Papagiannopoulos was readily available to clear off the road.

Arsenal did nonetheless take the lead from their subsequent assault. After Alex Iwobi’s first effort bounced again to him off an Ostersunds defender, the Nigerian’s tame effort was solely parried by Keita, and Monreal was readily available to faucet house the rebound to provide Arsenal the lead contained in the opening quarter of an hour.

The guests continued to press the assault, and Mkhitaryan went near his first Arsenal aim when his lengthy vary effort was overwhelmed away by Keita.

Simply after the halfway level of the primary half, Arsenal doubled their lead, as Mkhitaryan’s in the reduction of was inadvertently deflected into his personal web by Papagiannopolous after the Swedish facet’s defence had initially did not clear Bellerin’s run and cross into the realm.

The concession of a second aim lastly sparked some life into the hosts, and Ghoddos got here near pulling one again as his fizzing effort from the sting of the realm was tipped over the bar by Ospina.

With Ostersunds out of the blue urgent for a well-known aim, Arsenal got here near snatching a 3rd on the counter, however having damaged into the Ostersunds space, Bellerin’s go throughout the face of aim was curled properly over by Welbeck.

Apparently unfazed by Arsenal’s counter attacking menace, Ostersunds continued to press ahead, creating a few half possibilities as Sema hit a twenty yard free kick into the arms of Ospina earlier than Ghoddos drove low and large from even additional out within the remaining 5 minutes of the opening half.

On the different finish, Mkhitaryan once more missed an opportunity for his first Gunners aim, placing excessive and large from inside the realm in first half stoppage time.

Having soaked up one other spell of Ostersunds strain at first of the primary half, it was Arsenal who normal the primary half probability of the second interval, as house keeper Keita wanted the help of defender Papagiannopolous after he might solely parry a cross from Elneny.

There could be no assist for Keita moments later as Arsenal all however put the tie to mattress when Mesut Ozil made it Three-Zero to the Gunners. Taking part in a one-two with Mkhitaryan, the German was capable of make his run into the realm, and regardless of Keita getting a contact on his shot, the ball trickled over the road to provide Ozil his fifth aim of the season.

With Arsenal now in cruise management and Ostersunds struggling to interrupt by the Gunners unforgiving defence, the probabilities started to dry up within the closing phases, although Welbeck did make a possibility for himself as the sport entered the ultimate jiffy, however he put his effort from the sting of the realm large having picked the ball up on the byline.

It might be the Englishman’s remaining act of a quiet return to the beginning line up, as he was changed by 18-year-old Eddie Nketiah moments later.

Ostersunds English substitute Jamie Hopcutt had an extended vary sight at aim within the remaining moments, and the Swedish facet had been then given the possibility to get on the scoresheet when Bellerin introduced down Tesfadelt Tekie inside the realm, however Tom Pettersson’s weak stoppage time penalty was simply held by Ospina.

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