Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his concerns over Mesut Ozil immune system
- Author: Steve Townsend Feb 23, 2018,
Feb 23, 2018, 2:07
Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal were "complacent" and "not focused" after they fell two goals behind in the first half of their Europa League meeting with Ostersunds on Thursday night. Keown, though, was holding little hope for Arsenal's silverware prospects ahead of the draw, and this weekend's League Cup final.
"We were not at the races in the first half", he said in his post-match press conference.
Though officially a 58,405 sell-out it appeared that a third of the Arsenal supporters had come dressed as red seats and rather than saving their voices for Wembley chorused in groans of seen-it-all-before frustration. The team they picked was respectful of us. "We played well, won the game but it was just short of the miracle", Ostersunds coach Graham Potter told BT Sport.
He has played predominantly as a left wing-back, but his favoured position is in central midfield.
Arsenal claimed a league victory over a weakened Manchester United side towards the end of last season as Jose Mourinho placed most of the eggs in the Europa League basket.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson could start while Eddie Nketiah can feature at some point.
The Gunners hold a three-goal advantage going into the second-leg fixture at the Emirates but the German's health has been subject of speculation from English media this week. At the Emirates, they have home comfort, mainly due to their form there this season.
"But I'm at Watford for the moment and I want to finish my season well". Arsenal, on the other hand, will likely take the competition more seriously to maintain composure.