Arsenal arrived in Sweden to freezing temperatures but were expected to blow away the minnows of Ostersund, and at the start it looked like that was going to happen as the Gunners went straight for the jugular from the off. The pressure paid off when Monreal put us 1-0 up in just 12 minutes after an Iwobi shot was spilled clumsily by Keita and it looked like we were in for an easy night. The home side, who are out of season right now, looked very nervous and Arsenal scored again in the 24th with an own goal after a wicked deflection from Mhki’s cross. It looked like Ostersund were gifting the game to Arsenal.
But then the Swedish side came alive and started to look dangerous and the next 15 minutes were taken up with Arsenal sitting back and Ostersund realising that they should actually be playing. It was starting to look like a Sunday League game as Arsenal looked like they were being matched all over the pitch, and it looked like the Swedish side were going to get back into it, but the Gunners managed to keep their 2-0 lead at half time. To be honest Welbeck and Iwobi had quite a few chances to increase the lead but the finishing was woeful. Iwobi looks like the one that most needs to go to sites like Plus Voucher Code to get sme discounts of body building supplies! Although Arsenal are the EPL side, the Swedish minnows seem to be bigger and fitter…
The first ten minutes of the second half saw Ostersund continue to impress as it looked like our stars were feeling the cold and were doing the bare minimum to stay in front, but with half an hour to go Ozil took a speculative shot but the goalkeeper didn’t hold on to it and it continued into the net.
The game looked over and Ostersund seemed to have lost their fight, so Arsenal were given the upper hand as they pressed to put the tie beyond doubt. Welbeck failed to impress against these lower league players and Wenger gave Nketiah a chance to impress in the last 7 minutes, but there was very little action to speak off.
Right at the death Ostersund were given a consolation penalty when Bellerin got caught wrong-footed, but there last chance went begging as Ospina saved it easily.
A good result, but hardly breath-taking. 3-0 is a fair result in my mind but it really should have been more. But to be fair, it was very very cold and there was no need to break much of a sweat against a very mediocre opponent…
If Cech was in the Ostersund goal he may have finally got a clean sheet!