Arsenal Advance In Europa Despite Shock Loss
UEFA Europa League Report: Arsenal v Ostersunds 22 February 2018
UEFA Europa League
Result: Arsenal 1-2 Ostersunds (Arsenal won 4-2 on agg.)
Date: 22 February 2018
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Arsenal advanced to the next round of the UEFA Europa League, despite suffering a 2-1 loss to Ostersunds in the second leg of their last 32 tie.
The Gunners took a healthy lead into the clash, having won the first leg 3-0 last week.
With the League Cup final coming on Sunday, Arsene Wenger rang the changes as the likes of David Ospina, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Mohamed Elneny were given some game time.
After a quiet opening, it was the visitors who took a surprise lead in the 22nd minute when Calum Chambers deflected a skewed shot into his own net.
The lead was doubled a minute later as Ken Sema showed great skill to beat his marker before burying the ball into the far corner.
The Gunners, meanwhile, found it tough to break down the visitors' defence as the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi were closed down at every opportunity.
However, Arsenal pulled a goal back two minutes into the second half when Sead Kolasinac thumped home a volley at the far post after the visitors had failed to clear their lines.
In the 68th minute, Welbeck had a chance to restore parity after being picked out Iwobi, but the striker could only send his header straight at goalkeeper Aly Keita.
With 14 minutes remaining, Wenger opted to withdraw Wilshere for 18-year-old Joseph Wilcock.
The Gunners spent the remaining stages of the second half camped in the Ostersunds half, but were unable to find an equaliser as the visitors held on for the win.
However, thanks to Arsenal's big win in the first leg, they won the tie 4-2 on aggregate to advance to the last 16.