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That was as good as it got for a disjointed Arsenal outfit, who now face an altogether different test when they face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

The Gunners came in into the last-32 second-leg clash 3-0 up with many expecting this game to be a mere formality.

Pundits have already written off Arsenal for top four spots at the end of the season as rivals have a considerable lead over them and it's hard to see how the Gunners would overcome the deficit.

Arsenal against Ostersund at the Emirates Stadium should have been a foregone conclusion before the game had even started on Thursday night. On Thursday they struggled to show initiative and their narrow play in midfield prevented them from penetrating in the final third.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has divided opinion amongst Gunners fans during his time in north London.

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Ostersunds, to their credit, kept an attacking threat alive but they couldn't find a third goal to prey on a nervous Arsenal defence.

He has played predominantly as a left wing-back, but his favoured position is in central midfield.

The scorer of seven goals this season, he was on French television recently saying that he would rather join Arsenal than Tottenham "because of Arsene Wenger".

And there are some decent clubs Arsenal will want to avoid with Lokomotiv Moscow, Atletico Madrid, Dynamo Kiev, Lazio, RB Leipzig, Sporting Lisbon, Viktoria Plzen, Lyon, Zenit and Borussia Dortmund all in the mix.

But when Danny Welbeck and then Wilshere fluffed a couple of decent chances shortly before half-time there was little to suggest Arsenal would blast their way back into the game.

  • Regina Holmes