LIVE: Ostersunds vs Arsenal

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And Graham Potter’s team have progressed further than any other Swedish side in European competition for 10 years, since Helsingborgs IF reached the last 32 of the UEFA Cup in 2007-08, before losing to PSV. 

In fact, Ostersunds will be the 124th different opponent that Arsene Wenger has faced as manager of Arsenal in all competitions.

The Swedish side were formed on October 31, 1996 – 30 days after Arsene Wenger officially took charge of Arsenal (October 1, 1996).

The hosts qualified second via the head-to-head rule in a competitive Group J, despite being level on points with Athletic Bilbao (11) and having a superior goal difference. 

Ostersunds will hope that their freezing temperatures and unfamiliar 4G pitch will be enough for them to spring a surprise on their opponents from North London, who topped Group H, accumulating 13 points and losing just once (W4 D1).

Arsenal substitutes: Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolasinac, Matt Macey, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny; Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Danny Welbeck

Ostersunds substitutes: Jamie Hopcutt, Hosam Aiesh, Dino Islamovic, Tesfaldet Tekie, Noah Sonko Sundberg, Douglas Bergqvist, Andreas Andersson

Ostersunds XI (4-4-2): Aly Keita; Dennis Widgren, Tom Pettersson, Sotiris Papagiannopoulos, Ronald Mukiibi; Ken Sema, Brwa Nouri, Samuel Mensah, Curtis Edwards; Alhaji Gero, Saman Ghoddos

The line-ups have been announced, and we’ll start with the home side.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Europa League Round of 32 1st leg fixture between Ostersunds and Arsenal at the Jamtkraft Arena.