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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Ostersund’s run to the final 32 of the Europa League is not any fluke.
The Swedish minnows beat Hertha Berlin and drew with Athletic Bilbao on their strategy to completing 2nd of their staff.
Ostersund’s English boss Graham Potter has stated the tie has parallels with an FA Cup third-round recreation, however Wenger is cautious of his aspect’s combatants.
“After I noticed them play, I understood why they did neatly towards Bilbao and Berlin,” he stated.
“It wasn’t a twist of fate.”
Arsenal face Ostersund of their last-32 first-leg tie on Thursday with only one recognised striker to be had – Danny Welbeck.
Alexandre Lacazette is out for as much as six weeks following knee surgical treatment, whilst former Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to play within the pageant.
“Danny Welbeck seems sharper than he has in a very long time,” Wenger added.
“He needed to wait a bit to get again into the crew, however that gave him time to paintings on his health.”
Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere didn’t go back and forth to Sweden, each gamers having Achilles accidents.
Ostersund have loved a fast upward push since Potter took fee seven years in the past and he has overseen the membership’s meteoric ascent from the Swedish fourth department to the highest flight.
They claimed some spectacular victories in qualifying for the Europa League, overcoming Turkish giants Galatasaray and Greek aspect PAOK.
Now they welcome Arsenal, and Potter concurs Thursday’s recreation is similar with vintage FA Cup ties, when a decrease league aspect is drawn towards a Premier League crew.
“In many ways I do know the place you might be coming from on the subject of the small crew towards the massive crew, completely,” he stated when requested to check the tie to an FA Cup fit.
“Most often within the 0.33 around of the FA Cup you haven’t overwhelmed Galatasaray or PAOK or Hertha Berlin. However on the subject of the scale of the 2 groups, completely.
“We are patently all fascinated about the sport and the discuss with of Arsenal, a Champions League membership.”