Arsenal v Ostersunds FK confirmed line-ups: Mkhitaryan and Welbeck start

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23 February, 2018

After Sunday, whatever happens at Wembley and presuming that the Gunners manage to avoid disaster tonight, then the Europa League will become Arsenal's only way of saving their season. With 11 matches remaining, the Gunners are sixth.

The north Londoners are eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea with 11 games to go, but Wenger hasn't thrown in the towel just yet.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has told ESPN FC that Arsenal can secure Champions League qualification without having to rely on Europa League success.

"We prepared the game very well because I have enough experience to know in these kind of games you have to do the job and score the first goal".

But he doesn't stop there. Arsenal, on the other hand, will likely take the competition more seriously to maintain composure.

"We will focus to do well but ideally we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League".

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But that's just it-the Gunners don't need to finish top-four.

Ostersund fans before the Europa League match between Arsenal vs Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium.

Recently one of the guests on big television show TeleFoot, the midfielder confirmed that the three EPL giants were indeed after him. Still, Mkhitaryan stresses how seriously Arsenal are taking the competition.

Arsenal will learn who their last 16 opponents are in Friday afternoon's Europa League draw.

As soon as Ozil gets the ball, he looks for the Armenian and the pair proved to be far too good for the hosts, even on the artificial surface at the Jamtkraft Arena.

As dress rehearsals for cup finals go, this nearly bordered on a horror show which Arsenal managed to just about escape from.

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