Europa League: All you need to know about the Östersunds vs Arsenal game
Arsenal head to Sweden to face Östersunds in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie, knowing that after North London derby defeat at the weekend the competition now represents their best chance of reaching next year’s Champions League.
Date: Thursday, 15th February 2018
Time: 18:00 GMT/ 23:30 IST
Venue: Jamkraft Arena
T.V Coverage: BT Sport in UK and Ten Network in India
Live Stream: BT Sport app, Mobdro and Jio TV
Arsene Wenger has vowed to play a full-strength side as Arsenal target a place in the Europa League last 16, writes James Olley.
The Gunners boss is refusing to give up on a top-four finish in the Premier League despite Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham, which leaves them in sixth place and seven point adrift of their north London rivals with 11 games to play.
Ostersunds have been busy on social media in the build-up the game poking fun at the cold temperatures facing the Gunners. In the frozen dugout Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will come up against George Potter, the only British manager left in European competition this season.
— Östersunds FK (@ofk_1996) February 12, 2018
Potter, a former Stoke City, Southampton and West Bromwich left-back, has overseen the rise of the small club, who were only founded in 1996.
Predicted Line Up:
Östersunds FC: Keita, Mukiibi, Papgiannopoulos, Pettersson, Edwards, Tekie, Nouri, Widgren, Sema, Ghoddos, Gero
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Wilshere, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck