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Östersund v Arsenal background

  • January 28, 2018

There is a hold of footballing intrigue in a atmosphere as European debutants Östersund, led by unsung English manager Graham Potter, perform a Premier League aristocrats of Arsenal in a initial leg of a turn of 32.

• The Swedish side have already played a dozen matches in their lass European adventure, subordinate as a runners-up of Group J behind Athletic Club – and usually on head-to-head annals after both amassed 11 points. Arsenal, meanwhile, cruised by their initial UEFA Europa League organisation stage, clinching tip mark in Group H with a diversion to spare.

Previous meetings
• The dual clubs have never met in European competition, and Östersund have nonetheless to face antithesis from England.

• Arsenal have posted 3 wins and a pull in their 4 encounters with Swedish opponents. In any deteriorate that they have faced a organisation from Sweden, they have left on to strech a European final – and remove it on penalties after a goalless draw.

• The Gunners degraded IFK Göteborg 5-1 on total in a 1979/80 European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals en track to losing a final on mark kicks to Valencia in Brussels. Twenty years after they were shoot-out sufferers once again opposite Galatasaray in Copenhagen in a final of a UEFA Cup, carrying beaten AIK home (3-1, with Fredrik Ljungberg among a Gunners’ scorers) and divided (3-2) in a UEFA Champions League initial organisation stage.

Form guide
• Östersund are undefeated in their 6 European encounters during home, a 5 victories in that method all featuring purify sheets. Only Athletic have avoided better during a Östersund Arena, sketch 2-2 there on matchday three.

• Östersund are a initial Swedish bar to validate for a knockout proviso of a UEFA Europa League. Four others – AIK, Elfsborg, Helsingborg and Malmö – have competed in a organisation theatre though done no serve progress. Indeed, a 3 victories Östersund posted in this season’s organisation theatre matched a series managed by those 4 clubs put together.

• Arsenal have enlarged their European debate into a open for a 19th unbroken year – all underneath Arsène Wenger.

• The 1-0 better during Köln on matchday 5 finished Arsenal’s four-match winning run divided from home in a UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League. They have mislaid only one of their final 11 matches opposite a dual competitions, (W8 D2) with that 2000 final classed as a draw.

• First-time Swedish Cup winners in 2016/17, Östersund are enjoying an well-developed entrance UEFA campaign, carrying separated Galatasaray, Fola Esch and PAOK during a subordinate proviso and requisitioned their thoroughfare to a turn of 32 with a diversion to spare.

• Arsenal are creation their UEFA Europa League entrance this season; their final European debate outward a UEFA Champions League was a 1999/2000 UEFA Cup, that finished with that chastisement shoot-out better in a final opposite Galatasaray. They degraded French bar Nantes in that season’s third round, or final 32, winning 3-0 during home and sketch 3-3 away.

Links and trivia
• Östersund manager Potter played for Birmingham, Wycombe, Stoke, Southampton, West Brom, Northampton, Reading, York, Boston, Shrewsbury and Macclesfield; he was also capped once by England Under-21s.

• Four Östersund players – Douglas Bergqvist, Jamie Hopcutt, Samuel Mensah and Curtis Edwards – have done comparison appearances during several levels of English football.

• Östersund resolved their 2017 Swedish Allsvenskan debate on 5 November. They finished fifth – a top final fixation in a club’s story – 14 points behind champions Malmö. The 2018 Allsvenskan deteriorate starts on 1 April.

• Arsenal span Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud played in both of France’s matches opposite Sweden in a 2018 FIFA World Cup subordinate campaign, winning 2-1 during home and losing 2-1 away. Giroud non-stop a scoring for Les Bleus in a better during a Friends Arena.

The coaches
• Englishman Graham Potter has directed Östersund from a Swedish fourth tier to a UEFA Europa League knockout proviso – picking adult a club’s initial ever vital trophy, a Swedish Cup, en track – given holding a reins in 2011. He played for a series of clubs during several levels of England’s Football League – customarily as a full-back – as good as 8 games in a 1996/97 Premier League for Southampton.

• Arsène Wenger has been a Arsenal manager given 1996, heading a Gunners to 3 English titles, a record 7 FA Cup wins and a 2006 UEFA Champions League final. A actor of medium repute, he done his name as a manager with Nancy and Monaco in his local France before relocating to Japan for a brief spell with Nagoya Grampus 8. He is a longest portion manager in a Premier League.

Article source: https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2018/matches/round=2000891/match=2022172/prematch/background/index.html?rss=2526765+Östersund+v+Arsenal+background

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