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UEFA Europa League FULL TIME: Östersund 0-3 Arsenal (Monreal 13, Mkhitaryan 24, Ozil 58,)

Welbeck can nail down first team spot for Arsenal

UEFA Europa League FULL TIME: Östersund 0-3 Arsenal (Monreal 13, Mkhitaryan 24, Ozil 58,)

Welbeck can nail down first team spot for Arsenal

15 February 2018 Thursday 20:57
UEFA Europa League FULL TIME:  Östersund  0-3 Arsenal  (Monreal 13, Mkhitaryan 24, Ozil 58,)

FULL TIME: Ostersund 0-3 Arsenal (Monreal 13, Mkhitaryan 24, Ozil 58,)

90 min +2: Pettersson sidefoots towards the bottom left. It’s not hit with any venom. Ospina smothers. That’s in keeping with the rest of Ostersund’s performance.

90 min +1: Ghoddas slips a fine pass down the inside-left channel for Tekie. Bellerin, caught on the wrong side, brings his man down. Just inside the area. The referee points to the spot.

90 min: This non-event will last for two extra minutes

88 min: Mustafi plays a loose ball out of defence, allowing Hopcutt a shot at goal from 25 yards. It sails harmlessly over the bar.

86 min: Nelson is robbed by Edwards in the centre circle. For a brief second, it looks as though Arsenal may be punished, it’s a two-on-two situation. but Edwards loses possession himself, and there goes that.

84 min: Bellerin forces a corner down the right. Before it can be taken, Mkhitaryan is replaced by Nelson. And then the corner’s played all the way back to Ospina. It’s safe to say this won’t be a game to remember.

81 min: Welbeck keeps a loose ball in play down the left, and with everyone else having stopped, makes for the penalty area. He bobbles a weak effort across Keita and out to the right of goal.

80 min: Iwobi sends Kolasinac scampering down the right. Kolasinac reaches the byline but his pullback is directionless.

75 min: Iwobi drives down the right. The hosts are backtracking in panic, but Iwobi decides to check back. A shame, because there’s nothing else going on.

73 min: Monreal is replaced by Kolasinac, while Widgren makes way for Bergqvist.

71 min: Arsenal play some pretty triangles all across the front of the Ostersund box. The ball is teed up for Welbeck, just inside the area on the left. For some reason he turns down the chance to shoot, laying off for Monreal instead. Monreal needs no encouragement, and pearls a low effort towards the bottom right. Mkhitaryan, of all people, gets in the way

69 min: Some possession for Ostersund in the Arsenal half. But the visitors are holding their shape and there’s no way through, so it’s all very sterile.

67 min: Ghoddos dribbles into the area and runs straight into Chambers. He’s not getting a penalty kick. In the midfield, Papagioannopoulos slams Ozil to the ground; you’ve seen yellow cards flashed for that, but this referee is very much hands off tonight.

66 min: Ghoddos is super-lively. He very nearly strips the ball from Chambers to tear clear down the left, but the Arsenal man recovers his poise and the danger is over.64 min: Ghoddos diddles Mustafi with a gorgeous trick while tight on the right-hand touchline. But he doesn’t have the jets to get clear once it’s done, and the Arsenal defender recovers

62: Ostersunds work their way out from the back quite brilliantly before breaking on the counter. Ghoddos is at the heart of things again, but he loses his footing at the crucial moment as Arsenal regain possession on the edge of their area.

Tekie is half-bundled over by Mustafi just inside the Arsenal box. You’ve seen them given, but the referee doesn’t think there’s much in it. Arsenal go straight up the other end and twist the knife. Ozil exchanges passes with Mkhitaryan down the inside-left channel. He’s in the area and squeezes a shot through the dismal Keita. Once again, the keeper should have done better. The ball bobbles slowly, painfully over the line.

57 min: Ozil slips Elneny in down the right. Elneny slams a low cross into the centre. Keita mishandles once again, but thankfully for the home side, Papagiannopoulos is on hand to mop up.

55 min: Ghoddos tries to send Edwards free in the box with a cute flick down the inside-left channel. But there’s too much juice on the ball, and out it flies for a goal kick. Good idea, though.

54 min: Sema twists and turns down the left. He’s got the better of Bellerin, but Elneny comes across to block the ball out for a corner before Sema can cause more serious trouble for Arsenal. Again the set piece is a waste of time, but this is a big improvement by Ostersund.

51 min: Hopcutt is sent scampering into space down the left with Arsenal slightly light at the back. The sub has options inside, but instead plays a reverse pass down the left to nobody in particular. It rolls out apologetically for a goal kick.

49 min: Sema threatens to burst clear down the right but his close control lets him down at the end of a bright and determined run. He’s been lively tonight, along with the excellent Ghoddos.

47 min: Space for Monreal down the left. His cross is headed clear by Pettersson, under not much pressure from Welbeck.

And we’re off again! Ostersund ring the changes: Nouri and Gero have been replaced by Tekie and Hopcutt.

HALF TIME: Ostersund 0-2 Arsenal

Mkhitaryan tries to curl one into the top right from the edge of the Ostersund box. It’s over, and that’s that for the first half. The hosts didn’t turn up for the first half hour, allowing Arsenal to plunder a couple of precious away goals. They’ve been better since, though the damage has been done.

44 min: Mukiibi and Edwards both have chances to shoot from the edge of the Arsenal box, but both dither. Opportunities to work Ospina spurned.

42 min: Sema curls the free kick hard at goal. But it’s straight at Ospina, who gathers. Arsenal soon give up possession again. The lively Ghoddos dribbles down the middle of the park before sending a low belter inches wide of the bottom left. Ospina was a bit flat-footed there, it’s not certain that he’d have got to the ball had the shot been on target.

41 min: Gero is upended by Maitland-Niles, just to the right of the Arsenal D. It’s a needless foul because Gero was going nowhere. It’s also a very dangerous place to concede a free kick.

40 min: Welbeck drives at Ostersund again, down the left wing. He’s got Iwobi on the overlap, but opts to dribble inside instead. He has the ball taken off his toe by Papagiannopoulos. Iwobi’s not particularly happy with the way that panned out.

38 min: Ostersund knock it hither and yon at the back. They’re not going anywhere but they’ve steadied the ship and are growing in confidence.

36 min: Edwards shoots from distance. The ball’s deflected, and for a second looks as though it’s going to fox Ospina, flying on a hysterical curve towards the top left. But the keeper reads the flight well and there’s no real drama.

35 min: Arsenal have been a bit passive for the last few minutes. They try to step it up again, but Bellerin and Mkhitaryan’s move down the right breaks down quickly enough.

33 min: Ghoddos spins Maitland-Niles in the midfield and leaves the Arsenal man sprawling on the artificial turf. He storms towards the box and attempts to thread one into the bottom left from 20 yards. That’s a highly decent effort that Ospina does very well to claim.

31 min: Ghoddos romps down the left and attempts an elaborate and very ambitious curler into the top right from a long way out. It’s not a great effort, but at least the hosts have snapped out of their early torpor / stage fright.

30 min: The corner comes to nothing, but that’s so much better from the home side, who perhaps have been embarrassed into action.

29 min: And wow! Ostersund have finally woken up all right! More space for Widgren down the left. He enters the Arsenal box and pulls back for Ghoddos, who unleashes a screamer towards the top right from the edge of the box. Ospina tips over acrobatically. Great football all round.

26 min:Arsenal keep on pressing. Bellerin, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan are enjoying the run of this right wing. Some pretty triangles and Mkhitaryan bursts into the area. He looks to whip a shot across Keita but there’s no meat in the effort and Keita claims.

21Bellerin tears down the right. Pettersson intercepts his cross by the near post, but only hacks a couple of yards upfield. Mkhitaryan takes up possession and crosses again. The ball pings off Papagiannopoulos and into the bottom left. Arsenal’s second, and it’s another defensive calamity.

21: Ostersunds work their way into Arsenal territory but the attack is quickly cut out before Widgren lunges in on Bellerin to prevent him from breaking on the counter.

20 min: Keita prepares to take a goal kick, but feels his hamstring and calls for the trainer. A pause in proceedings. The keeper will be OK to continue for now.

18 min: Arsenal have already had eight attempts at goal. Ostersund have barely got into the opposition half.

16 min: Mkhitaryan looks for the top left from 25 yards. Keita does well to palm the riser away from goal. The hosts look very nervous, and Arsenal clearly smell the fear.

15 min: Arsenal continue to probe. A bit of space for Welbeck in the area. For a second it looks as though he’ll shift the ball to the left and shoot, but can’t quite shape his body to shoot.

The ball’s worked to Iwobi, to the right of goal. He shoots. Keita should gather, but he spills, and Monreal is on hand to slam the rebound into the bottom right. It’s fair to say this has been coming, though it’s a goal all of Ostersund’s own making

10 min: Arsenal continue to press and probe. A lot going on down the right. Eventually the ball is teed up for Mkhitaryan, just inside the area. But he can’t quite get a shot away on the turn. It’s not quite taken off yet, this match, but Arsenal will be happy enough with the way it’s going.

8 min: Welbeck dribbles into the box from the left but can’t sort his feet out to shoot. Arsenal keep Ostersund pressed back. Iwobi, out on the right, chips into the middle. Welbeck, six yards out, has to score, but somehow his header goes straight off to the right. That’s a poor miss.

6 min: It’s all Arsenal early on. Ozil nearly breaks into the box down the inside-right channel, but can’t control, never mind get a shot away. Then suddenly Ostersund show their teeth for the first time. Mensah tears with speed down the left, and he goes over a late slide by Mustafi. That looks like a free kick and a booking, but the referee doesn’t think there’s contact and gives a throw to Arsenal. A bit odd.

4 min: Ozil, Iwobi and Bellerin take turns to probe down the right. Eventually Iwobi curls one in, hoping to find the head of Welbeck, but Keita is out quickly to claim.

2 min: Arsenal dominate the early possession. A bit of space for Bellerin down the right. He hooks a cross into the box. Papagiannopoulos heads clear. A bright, fast-paced start. Nobody fancies hanging around in these conditions

In recent seasons, Arsenal's European hopes have been dashed by Bayern Munich but this year they are the overwhelming favourites to progress through their first knockout game against Swedish side Ostersunds FK.

Ostersund: Keita, Mukiibi, Papagiannopoulos, Pettersson, Widgren, Edwards, Nouri, Mensah, Sema, Ghoddos, Gero.
Subs: Andersson, Tekie, Bergqvist, Hopcutt, Aiesh, Sundberg, Islamovic.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Monreal, Iwobi, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck.
Subs: Macey, Holding, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Nelson, Nketiah, Willock.

Updated: 15.02.2018 23:06
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