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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Ostersunds FK’s run to the final 32 of the Europa League isn’t any fluke.
The Swedish minnows beat Hertha Berlin and drew with Athletic Bilbao on their approach to ending second of their group.
Ostersund’s English boss Graham Potter has stated the tie has parallels with an FA Cup third-spherical sport, however Wenger is cautious of his aspect’s opponents.
“When I saw them play, I understood why they did well against Bilbao and Berlin,” he stated.
“It wasn’t a coincidence.”
Arsenal face Ostersund of their last-32 first-leg tie on Thursday with only one recognised striker out there – Danny Welbeck.
Alexandre Lacazette is out for as much as six weeks following knee surgical procedure, whereas former Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to play within the competitors.
“Danny Welbeck looks sharper than he has in a long time,” Wenger added.
“He had to wait a little to get back into the team, but that gave him time to work on his fitness.”
Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere didn’t journey to Sweden, each gamers having Achilles accidents.
Ostersund have loved a speedy rise since Potter took cost seven years in the past and he has overseen the membership’s meteoric ascent from the Swedish fourth division 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 agrees Thursday’s sport is similar with basic FA Cup ties, when a decrease league aspect is drawn in opposition to a Premier League staff.
“In some ways I know where you are coming from in terms of the small team against the big team, absolutely,” he stated when requested to match the tie to an FA Cup match.
“Normally within the third spherical of the FA Cup you haven’t overwhelmed Galatasaray or PAOK or Hertha Berlin. But by way of the scale of the 2 groups, completely.
“We are clearly all excited concerning the sport and the go to of Arsenal, a Champions League membership.”