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Östersunds FK - Arsenal
Europa League - 15 February 2018
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So Ostersunds paid the price for playing so poorly in the opening half-hour, deservedly two goals down. They improved thereafter, but the tie was over by then and the only question is how many more Arsenal score in the return.
Full-time: Ostersunds 0-3 Arsenal
Ospina saves the penalty! Pettersen could not have telegraphed this more if he'd literally sent a telegraph, opening his body before tapping to Ospina's right - he slowly dives to see the kick away.
PENALTY OSTERSUNDS! Ghoddos slips a lovely ball down the side of Bellerin for Sema, and Bellerin lunges in!
There shall be two added minutes.
Time is elapsing.
Elneny gives the ball away to Hopcutt, who tries one from 25 yards; it sails over the bar.
How do you describe nothing?
There's going to be another 90 minutes of this.
The very talented Reiss Nelson replaces Mkhitaryan.
Nketiah replaces Welbeck.
I always found it weird that Arsenal didn't think the Europa League was their seasons's priority - they were never coming top four, and a European trophy isn't to be sneezed at. The opposition this season is much harder than what Manchester United faced last season though, and the chances are they'll have to beat a good team at some point.
Ostersunds have been much better since going 2-0 down, and Sema goes down the left then Bebes a cross miles beyond everything.
I'm not sure why Ozil is still on the pitch - Arsenal are in a right pickle if he gets injured or tired, and this tie is done.
So what's happened to Kolasinac? Very briefly, he was the bargain of the summer, there to add ballast and personality to a bunch of weaklings and now he can barely get a game...
Change for Ostersunds: Bergqvist replaces Wildgren.
Change for Arsenal: Kolasinac replaces Monreal.
Nice from Arsenal, moving the ball around the box before they fashion a shooting opportunity for Welbeck ... so he passes to Monreal. Oh, Daniel. So Monreal has a dig, which hits Mkhitaryan.
Elsewhere, Michy Batshuayi has just equalised for Borussia Dortmund; they are now 2-2 at home to Atlanta.
Papagiannopoulos rams through Ozil on halfway and does well to avoid a booking.
Lovely from Ghoddos, easily Ostersunds' best player. He tricks away from Chambers, plays a one-two with Hopcutt, and dives over Mustafi; no penalty says the ref.
Mesut Ozil is much too good for Ostersunds. He takes the ball off Mustafi and glides a pass out wide for Iwobi, who eventually drives wide.
Arsenal break and Mkhitaryan runs the ball into touch. Personally, I blame Jose Mourinho.
They should now call this a tie and be done with it.
GOAL! Ostersunds 0-3 Arsenal (Ozil) Ozil slides out left to Mkhitaryan, who opens his body to drive a low cross slightly behind his man ... but he kills it nicely with the outside of his foot to deliver the ball into stride, before shooting low. Keita gets plenty behind him, but still can't keep it from rolling over the line.
Lovely cross from Elneny, low and arcing fast. Keita dives at it and again palms into space, but this time there's no one on-hand to snaffle the loose ball.
Mustafi heads the corner clear, and Ostersunds come again, Ghoddos' attempted through ball too strong for everyone but Ospina.
Ghoddos finds Hopcutt, who shoots into Chambers before Sema turns Bellerin and wins a corner off Elneny.
Ghoddos moves nicely with the ball, and sashays in from the left then finds Tekie, who moves it one more to Mensha. He shoots, Iwobi blocks, and the corner comes to nothing.
Arsenal have Ostersunds pinned inside their own half again, but eventually Ostersunds work it clear nicely.
Graham Potter makes two changes: off go Gero and Nouri; on come Tekie and Hopcutt.
We go again.
Ostersunds started the game petrified, so Arsenal took two cheap goals. Things have been more even since then, but I don't suppose it matters very much.
Half-time: Ostersunds 0-2 Arsenal
Monreal moves down the left taking two men with him and allowing space for Mkhitaryan to moves inside and swing a curler over the bar.
There'll be one added minute.
Though let's be clear, they're not dominating; they're just not sitting in their own box waiting to lose.
It's such a shame Ostersunds couldn't find it within themselves to start with the same conviction they're showing now. It's almost as though they had to be out of the tie before they could start competing in it.
Sema has a shy with his left foot, but sends it over the wall and straight at Ospina ... but then Arsenal switch off, Chambers losing possession, and Ghoddos breaks onto the loose ball, lasering a shot just wide of the near post.
Ostersunds win a free-kick just outside the D, right of centre ... what have they got?
Mini-tantrum from Iwobi after he beats two men, finds Welbeck and awaits the return ... which he is denied.
Nice from Arsenal, Welbeck opening space for Iwobi after a nice passing interchange, but then he goes to early for the through-ball as is caught offside.
This is a much more even game now. Ostersunds are passing it about, even daring to enter into the Arsenal half.
Bellerin hares down the right and the ball is transferred to Welbeck, just outside the box on the left. He shapes to curl one, Ronnie Whelan-style and, well, over the bar it flies.
Imagine the self-restraint this must've demanded.
Others who always wore shorts: Mike Micky Phelan, Brian Mcclair, Mark Hughes.
This is more like it! Chambers gives the ball away and suddenly Gero pokes a pass to Ghoddos, who whams a rising drive which Ospina has to prang over the bar! See! It's not that hard!
Well whaddaya know, Ostersunds move forward. It takes a while, after a few slow passes, but then Ghoddos clips in a cross from the left and Gero heads into the ground for Ospina to collect.
Ostersunds are playing so badly; this cannot be overstated.
GOAL! Ostersunds 0-2 Arsenal (Papagiannopoulos own goal) That's not really what Ostersunds needed. Bellerin hits the by-line and crosses low, so deep inside their box, Widgren and Petterson play tippy-tappy passes to one another like they're Busquets and Xavi. They are not Busquets and Xavi so lose the ball, Mkhitaryan drills across, and Papagianopolous nudges past Keita before Welbeck can blaze over the bar.
The Ostersunds ultras are trying to get things moving. I remember Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying that there was an atmosphere problem in Norway because everyone wears gloves, and I guess this lot suffer from the same issue.
NIce one-touch stuff from arsenal which ends with Mkhitaryan smacking s hot from the edge of the box ... Keita shoves away, which is good of him.
Ostersunds need to try something different because playing this way they'll get whacked.
GOAL! Ostersunds 0-1 Arsenal (Monreal) Ostersunds don't clear the corner and Iwobi picks the ball up inside the box, turning into a tame shot which Keita can only palm out into space - that is miserable keeping - for Monreal the goal machine to ram home.
Ostersunds try to play out from the back and Mkhitaryan nips in, poking to Ozil, who twists his body in front of the keeper and lays back to Mkhitaryan, who thinks he's going to score ... but a fantastic block from Papagiannopoulos denies him!
Ostersunds haven't got going at all, just sitting there and hoping it won't happen. And you know what? It might not. But it probably will.
Mkhitaryan jinks across the face of the box and tries to tee-up Maitland-Niles, but Petterson pokes a leg in the road.
Elneny burrows into the box and Welbeck moves across it from right to left, ball just snaking away from him as he stretches to shoot. Then Elneny crosses from the right, and Welbeck can't guide the header on target, sending it just beyond the far post. Obviously.
And here they come, Ghoddos streaking along the right touchline; Mustafi slides in and takes him out, but instead of ceding a booking and a free-kick, he wins a thrown. Search me, guv.
Ostersunds are mainly sitting off Arsenal, allowing them to halfway before engaging. They've played together a while, so should be useful on the break, and with a line so deep, they're giving themselves plenty of space to break into.
It's a proper hearing the shouts of the players kind of night, and indeed Arsenal do seem to be playing 4-4-2.
Arsenal have started stroking the ball around nicely enough. There's not much atmosphere in the ground.
Off we toddle.
This is Mesut Ozil's first Uefa Cup game for eight years.
And here they come! It's cold, apparently.
The players are tunnelled. Robbie Savage is co-commentating - whoever does the rota has obviously seen Arsenal's previous games in the competition.
Adults were involved at every stage of this.
I should add that tonight's match will take place on a 4G pitch, which shouldn't bother Arsenal too much - I'm sure they have them at Colney, and they know how to pass to feet.
Ostersunds are out of season - so they've been preparing for this game for quite some time "We have to play well," says Potter. More news as I get it.
Ostersunds have only been going 22 years and have got this far more or less because of Graham Potter, their English manager. What's nice about this is what a community the club seems to be.
Arsene Wenger reckons the Europa League is good for Arsenal's humility. Wonder if he'll sign another contract.
Anyone know where the Ostersunds manager is from?
Uefa reckon Arsenal are playing 4-4-1-1, with Elneny and Maitland-Niles in the middle of midfield.
Helpfully, Ostersunds have supplied a list of names. Cheers, lads.
It's not entirely clear how Arsenal will line up here, but I'm guessing it's three centre-backs.
So Henrikh Mkhitaryan returns to his level, while Daniel Welbeck starts his first game in some time. Otherwise, I'm looking forward to seeing how Ainsley Maitland-Niles gets on, while I expect Mesut Ozil to have even greater creative licence than usual.
So, our teams.
Good evening. I'll level with you: Arsenal's Europa League campaign has, to date, featured some of the very worst football ever to have been played, and it's hard to see that changing today. Still, you never know.