Friday 17 August 2018

Arsenal advance to Europa League last 16 despite home loss to Ostersunds

Arsenal 1 Ostersunds 2 (Aggregate 4-2)

Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - Arsenal vs Ostersunds FK - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - February 22, 2018 Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - Arsenal vs Ostersunds FK - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - February 22, 2018 Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Arsenal avoided a shock Europa League exit at the hands of Ostersund despite losing 2-1 to the Swedish minnows at the Emirates Stadium tonight.

However, the 3-0 advantage Arsene Wenger's men carried over from the first leg saw them see off the Swedish side.

Ostersund, who fell to a 3-0 defeat in the first leg last week, scored twice in the space of a minute in the first half to breathe new life into the last-32 tie.

Hosam Aiesh's shot was deflected into his own net by Calum Chambers after 22 minutes and moments later Ken Sema lashed home a second for the visitors.

Sead Kolasinac eased some home nerves with a close-range finish just after half-time and Arsenal saw out the game to win 4-2 on aggregate.

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