Dismal Arsenal limp through in Europa League after Ostersund deliver scare Dismal Arsenal limp through in Europa League after Ostersund deliver scare
Rob Holding set the tone with a poor back-pass in the first minute and Östersund worked half-chances for Jamie Hopcutt, Brwa Nouri and Ken... Dismal Arsenal limp through in Europa League after Ostersund deliver scare

Rob Holding set the tone with a poor back-pass in the first minute and Östersund worked half-chances for Jamie Hopcutt, Brwa Nouri and Ken Sema.

The opening goal stemmed from a Saman Ghoddos ball forward. Holding could not untangle his feet to intercept while Kolasinac was also caught out. Hosam Aiesh had the shooting chance and he aimed for the bottom corner, With the aid of a nick off Chambers, he found it.

Östersund scored again 70 seconds later, after Alex Iwobi had surrendered possession with a heavy touch. The visitors had Sema up against Chambers following Ghoddos’s ball over the top and the danger did not appear pronounced. Perhaps, that is why Héctor Bellerín did not come across to help his team-mate. But when Sema backed into Chambers, worked a little trick and spun away from him, the sirens sounded. The left-sided attacker hammered a low shot into the far corner.

It said everything about Östersund’s first-half superiority that they could play out the final six minutes with 10 men, after Tom Pettersson went off to have stitches in a head wound. Jack Wilshere had Arsenal’s only real chance before the interval but he lifted his shot high.

Wenger’s team stirred upon the second-half restart. Kolasinac thumped home right-footed following an air-kick from Ronald Mukiibi and they would create further chances but it was not Welbeck’s night. Three times he erred when well placed. Wenger withdrew Wilshere on 75 minutes with an eye on Sunday but it was a bad look when Iwobi, who is also in contention for the final, went down with cramp in stoppage-time. It was a night of pain for every Arsenal player.

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