Arsenal will fight for top four despite Europa League — Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Doug Mendoza
February 23, 2018

"But ideally, we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League.", said the Frenchmen.

That a few will still be involved emphasises just how big favourites City will be this weekend, when the first domestic trophy of the season is settled.

The draw is scheduled to take place on Friday February 23 at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, after all the round of 32 ties are completed.

Ozil has been ruled out of Thursday's Europa League game against Ostersunds after he spent Monday and Tuesday in bed, Wenger said - although he may have been rested anyway given Arsenal's 3-0 lead from the first leg. But they still had to survive a series of scares against a Swedish side that was only formed one month after Wenger was appointed Arsenal manager in October 1996.

"Mesut was sick until today", claimed Wenger.

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The Scottish Champions bring a 1-nil lead in their last 32 second leg in Russian Federation this evening.

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.

To say that the atmosphere inside the stadium became tense would be an understatement and, as for those watching from home, the response was not kind.

Ghoddos is set to lead the line after he gave few problems to Arsenal defenders in the last leg. Sema will partner him in the striker role. Ideally, this should be accomplished with as few regular starters as possible.

With how terrible Arsenal were in the first half, it's hard to say anybody had a good game for the Gunners. Teams that Arsenal's second string will not be able to beat but their first string could.

The Swedish team offered the first warning shot when attacking midfielder Brwa Nouri was played clear in the area, but he seemed surprised by the pass and couldn't control the ball.

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