Arsenal sealed their place in the next round of the Europa League last night after advancing in place of Swedish minnows Ostersunds but the result at the Emirates Stadium was certainly not what anyone was expecting.
Arsene Wenger’s side found themselves trailing 2-0 at the break, after two first-half goals separated by just 70 seconds, and it threatened to wide away the 3-0 advantage that Arsenal had secured from a 3-0 victory away from home last week.
Thankfully, Sead Kolasinac was gifted a goal shortly after the interval to hand Arsenal some breathing room once again and it put the Gunners through with a 4-2 aggregate win, with the north London side now set to face AC Milan in the Europa League round of 16.
Lessons certainly need to be taken from last night’s defeat though, especially if Arsenal see the Europa League as the ideal way to seal a return to the Champions League next season- which they can only secure via this route if they win the European crown.
Hit the navigation buttons below to see three things we learned from the shock defeat to Ostersunds!