Arsenal Survive An Almighty Ostersund Scare To Reach Europa League Last 16

Sead Kolasinac's goal halved the deficit shortly after half-time, with Arsenal progressing to the last-16 by a 4-2 aggregate scoreline thanks to their 3-0 win in the first leg two weeks ago, but Wenger admits they were in trouble before the break. Anything you can win is vitally important.

The north London giants move into Friday's last-16 draw, but Ostersunds will take all the plaudits for a fearless display full of quality.

But, if Roberts has it his way, the Gunners manager will stay and maintain Tottenham's status as the number one team in North London. We were not good enough, we will accept that and move on.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took an nearly full-strength squad to Sweden for the first leg, and will now be looking to give youngsters a chance at The Emirates.

Potter may have been thinking back to his side's missed injury-time penalty in the first-leg 3-0 loss, but they continued to press as Arsenal laboured.

Well, ex-Barcelona defender Eric Abidal (the Europa League's ambassador for this season's competition) is back. "We are trying to win every game in every competition and, of course, we will be glad if we can win the Europa League as well, but if we can be in the top four, it will be even better". We are through and that is all that counts.

Alex Iwobi and Jack Wilshere left the field after being down on the turf in separate instances but Wenger had positive news on the duo, he said: "Iwobi had cramp".

Graham Potter's Ostersunds will head out having recorded victories against two former Champions League constants this term, having also defeated Galatasaray 2-0 in Sweden during the qualification rounds.

Wenger shuffled his starting XI with an eye on Sunday's EFL Cup final against Manchester City but Wilshere captained the side and conceded afterwards the Gunners "weren't good enough".

The Gunners, however, calmed their substantial nerves moments after the restart as Hector Bellerin's cross was hopelessly mis-kicked by Ostersunds full-back Ronald Mukiibi and lashed home by Kolasinac.

"I love Celtic. It is not easy for any team, especially in Celtic Park".

Ospina and Arsenal beat Ostersund 3-0 in last week's first leg where the Colombian shined with a trio of saves, including a penalty save, to keep his shutout intact.

"It's a unusual one because I don't see him or talk to him often but when we do see eachother then we're just happy to have a chat".

  • Julie Sanders