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Arsenal progress past Ostersunds in the Europa League

Posted on February 22, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 2-1 home defeat in their Europa League last 32 second leg against Ostersunds, but recorded a 4-2 aggregate victory in the tie.

Ostersunds started brightly and Hector Bellerin needed to block an effort Jamie Hopcutt from the middle of the area on five minutes. Arsenal offered their first real threat on 14 minutes, as an Alex Iwobi shot from the corner of the area completely missed the target. A minute later Papagiannopoulos fired over the bar.

Arsenal saw a penalty appeal dismissed on 17 minutes, as Sead Kolasinac went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Papagiannopoulos. The visitors once again threatened on 18 minutes, as David Ospina had to get down low to keep out a Ken Sema effort from an acute angle.

On 21 minutes, Jack Wilshere saw an effort from the edge of the box blocked by Papagiannopoulos. The visitors took the lead a minute later, as Aiesh fired past the outrushing Ospina only for the ball to hit Calum Chambers and go into the net.

Two minutes later and the visitors doubled their lead. Sema raced onto a ball over the top of the defence, held off Chambers before slotting past Ospina. On the half-hour mark, Edwards saw a shot from 20 yards out go just wide of goal.

On 33 minutes, Arsenal offered a rare attacking threat, as goalkeeper Keita got down well to save from Mkhitaryan. The Gunners again threatened on 37 minutes, as Wilshere showed good feet before a good clearance from Pettersson.

Two minutes before the break, Wilshere then fired high and wide of Keita’s goal after Mkhitaryan saw his cross cleared. On the stroke of half-time, Ghoddos hit a free-kick from 30 yards that saw Ospina get down well to save.

Arsenal pulled a goal back on the night early in the second period, as Kolasinac smashed home an effort from close-range after a poor clearance from Mukiibi. The Gunners came close to equalising on 50 minutes, as Wilshere played in Danny Welbeck, but Keita did well to keep out the striker’s effort on goal.

The visitors came close to adding a third goal on 55 minutes. Hopcutt headed on a cross from Nouri and the ball nearly fell to Mukiibi, but Ospina got there just before the Ostersunds man.

Keita was called into action on 63 minutes, as he saved a well-hit shot from the edge of the area from Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny. The Ostersunds stopper produced another save on 68 minutes, as this time Welbeck headed straight at visiting ‘keeper.

On 71 minutes, Chambers threw himself in front of a shot from Nouri. A minute later, Keita pulled off another save from Kolasinac. On 77 minutes, Chambers diverted a shot from 20 yards from Tekie out for a corner kick. Chambers headed over the bar three minutes later. In the final minute, Welbeck saw an effort on goal saved by the feet of Keita.

After a first-half scare, a better second half performance saw Arsenal through to the last 16 of the Europa League.

Who was Arsenal’s man of the match against Ostersunds?

1 to “Arsenal progress past Ostersunds in the Europa League”

  1. chris says:

    Wenger’s Arsenal were pathetic.

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