February 16, 2018 by
Arsenal couldn’t really win last night when they faced Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the last 32 of the Europa League. If they recorded an easy win it would be down to being superior to the minnows, if they would have lost, they would have been slated to high heaven.
Thankfully, the Gunners produced a highly professional performance to win the first leg 3-0 and almost render the second leg at the Emirates pointless.
Named a strong team
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has named weakened sides in the previous rounds of this competition. However, the veteran French boss took no chances with his team selection in the potential banana skin of a tie. .......Read more here.....
February 15, 2018 by
Arsenal recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Swedish side Ostersunds on Thursday evening in the Europa League first knockout stage first leg.
The first chance of the game fell to Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck on eight minutes, as the England international headed wide from close-range at the far post. Two minutes later, Henrikh Mkhitaryan from the edge of the box blocked by an Ostersunds defender, while Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny also saw an effort on goal blocked.
The Gunners took the lead on 13 minutes. Ostersunds goalkeeper Keita fumbled an Alex Iwobi shot, only for Nacho Monreal to follow in and score from six yards out. Three minutes later, Keita parried an 18-yard powerful effort from Mkhitaryan. .......Read more here.....
February 14, 2018 by
What a season it has turned into for Arsenal. They have watched Manchester City dominate in the league, while City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are all enjoying successful campaigns in the Champions League too. The FA Cup returns this weekend and they will once again be watching on, with their season now down to one competition – the Europa League.
Arsenal are now eight points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot which means that they will likely miss out on a top-four berth. While they do have a chance to win the EFL Cup by beating Manchester City, it would likely not be enough to be seen as a successful season. .......Read more here.....
February 13, 2018 by
Arsenal face a potential banana skin of a tie in the Europa League last-32, as the side from north London travels to Sweden to face Ostersunds. The Gunners will be looking to establish a good lead in this first leg tie, as the Swedish side have proven a dangerous opponent in the Europa League this season so far.
Ostersunds are currently in the midst of their pre-season prior to the start of their domestic league at the start of March. In fact, Graham Potter’s side have played just one competitive game in two months, which saw the home side record a 3-0 win over Trelleborg. .......Read more here.....
February 12, 2018 by
Arsenal has a reputation for failing to show up in big games. Saturday’s north London derby 1-0 defeat by Tottenham was a prime example. Yet, the previous week the Gunners smashed Everton 5-1 at home. The two results suggest that Arsene Wenger’s team are just track bullies.
Good enough to a point
For me, until the January transfer window, it felt like the quality of the Arsenal squad was deteriorating. The signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were good signings. .......Read more here.....
December 11, 2017 by
When you say the name Graham Potter, people would be forgiven for thinking that he runs a north west nightclub with bouncers by the name of Max and Paddy on the door. Oh sorry, that is the fictional Peter Kay character, Brian Potter.
However, in fact, Graham Potter is a former West Brom and Stoke defender who is making a big name for himself in managerial circles at Swedish club Ostersunds.
The Ostersunds boss will get to pit his wits against Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in the last-32 of the Europa League following Monday’s draw.
Highly successful in Sweden .......Read more here.....