Europa League draw: Express Sport brings you live updates as Arsenal find out their last-16 fate
Arsenal suffered an embarrassing defeat in the second leg of their round of 32 tie against Ostersunds.
The Gunners – leading 3-0 from the first leg – found themselves 2-0 behind to the Swedish minnows at half-time before Sead Kolasinac’s goal after the break eased their fears of a shock exit.
Arsene Wenger’s side will discover their opponents in the last-16 shortly after midday.
Europa League last-16 draw – live!
What were they thinking?!
11.55: Arsenal took to Twitter earlier this morning to ask their fans who they wanted to face in the last-16.
Unfortunately, it didn’t go quite as planned.
One fan said: “A new manager.”
Another supporter replied: “Wenger’s resignation!”
While a third added: “Bayern Munich”
Because that joke never gets old…
11.50: It’s a big week for Arsenal with the Carabo Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger believes the Wembley clash was on his players’ minds against Ostersunds in last night’s Europa League tie.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, he said: “With the cup final and having won 3-0 last week, we didn’t have the focus needed to play against any team.
“They needed four goals for us to go out last night and I always felt during the game we would respond.”
About last night…
11.40: Arsene Wenger has admitted his side were not at the races in the first half against Ostersunds.
A Calum Chambers own goal on 22 minutes was instantly followed by Ken Sema’s strike, which meant the Gunners went into the break in big trouble.
Sead Kolasinac scored in the second half, and Wenger said: “Yes, we were not at the races in the first half.
“I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals. Our energy was higher, our domination was consistent and we were in control in the second half.
“In the first half we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball.
“We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.
“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”
Who could Arsenal face?
11.35: It’s an open draw – none of that seeded teams nonsense – so Arsenal could face any of the other 15 sides left in the competition.
There are a number of huge clubs in the draw including AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Lazio and RB Leipzig so there are plenty of worst-case scenarios.
Marseille, Lyon, Sporting Lisbon, Dynamo Kiev, CSKA Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow and Zenit St-Petersburg could also prove tricky.
Facing either Plzen and Salzburg would, arguably, be the best-case scenario for Arsene Wenger.
11:30: Good morning and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of the Europa League last-16 draw.
The fun gets underway at midday and hopefully we won’t have to endure too much guff from UEFA!