There is a hold of footballing intrigue in a atmosphere as European debutants Ã–stersund, led by unsung English manager Graham Potter, perform a Premier League aristocrats of Arsenal in a initial leg of a turn of 32.
â€¢ 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 â€“ 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.
â€¢ The dual clubs have never met in European competition, and Ã–stersund have nonetheless to face antithesis from England.
â€¢ 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 â€“ and remove it on penalties after a goalless draw.
â€¢ The Gunners degraded IFK GÃ¶teborg 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.
â€¢ Ã–stersund 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 Ã–stersund Arena, sketch 2-2 there on matchday three.
â€¢ Ã–stersund are a initial Swedish bar to validate for a knockout proviso of a UEFA Europa League. Four others â€“ AIK, Elfsborg, Helsingborg and MalmÃ¶ â€“ have competed in a organisation theatre though done no serve progress. Indeed, a 3 victories Ã–stersund posted in this season’s organisation theatre matched a series managed by those 4 clubs put together.
â€¢ Arsenal have enlarged their European debate into a open for a 19th unbroken year â€“ all underneath ArsÃ¨ne Wenger.
â€¢ The 1-0 better during KÃ¶ln 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.
â€¢ First-time Swedish Cup winners in 2016/17, Ã–stersund 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.
â€¢ 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
â€¢ Ã–stersund 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.
â€¢ Four Ã–stersund players â€“ Douglas Bergqvist, Jamie Hopcutt, Samuel Mensah and Curtis Edwards â€“ have done comparison appearances during several levels of English football.
â€¢ Ã–stersund resolved their 2017 Swedish Allsvenskan debate on 5 November. They finished fifth â€“ a top final fixation in a club’s story â€“ 14 points behind champions MalmÃ¶. The 2018 Allsvenskan deteriorate starts on 1 April.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Englishman Graham Potter has directed Ã–stersund from a Swedish fourth tier to a UEFA Europa League knockout proviso â€“ picking adult a club’s initial ever vital trophy, a Swedish Cup, en track â€“ given holding a reins in 2011. He played for a series of clubs during several levels of England’s Football League â€“ customarily as a full-back â€“ as good as 8 games in a 1996/97 Premier League for Southampton.
â€¢ ArsÃ¨ne 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.