Gunners grab easy Europa League win

Arsene Wenger was rewarded for picking a strong Europa League team as Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners away to Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the first leg of their last-32 tie.

Nacho Monreal's early opener calmed any Arsenal nerves before an own goal from Sotirios Papagiannopoulos put the Gunners in complete control at the break.

Mesut Ozil added a third and Wenger can now rest his stars in next week's second leg at the Emirates to give the Gunners' main players the chance to rest ahead of the League Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on February 25.

Match in Focus

19:45 Sa 26May BT2

Real Madrid v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Real have won just one of their last four Champions League meetings against English opposition
Expert verdict
Real Madrid have lifted the Champions League in three of the past four seasons but they could struggle to retain their crown against a lively Liverpool. Real have been the dominant force in Europe, with last year’s 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the final in Cardiff showcasing their superiority. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not bumped into a front three like the Reds’ often - Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 Champions League goals this season - and they are vulnerable to the counter-attack.

 

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