Arsenal lost 1-2 at home to visiting side Ostersund SK as goals from Hosam Aiesh and Ken Sema put the visitor ahead in the game away from home.
Arsenal reduced the deficit after the intermission to calm the nerves as Ostersund raised some eyebrows after scoring twice in two minutes.
Croatian full-back Sead Kolasinac did well to bring the Gunners back into the match as Arsenal were in this touching distance from elimination in the Europa League competition.
In the end, it finished 1-2 in favour of the visitors (Ostersund SK) but Arsenal won on aggregate following first legume away (0-3) from home.
With the 1-2 surprise scoreline, we take a look at the three possible lessons from the match at the Emirates stadium.
Measure of Complacency
Arsenal Wenger and his men were favourites no doubt going into the return leg most especially at home as they won 0-3 at Ostersund SK some days back. However, with three unreplied goals and the lust of three away goals, the Gunners showed some level of hesitation on the field of play.
This led to some personnel changes ahead of the midweek clash against league leaders Manchester City at the Emirates.
This measure of complacency gave the visitors’ the leverages to take a two-goal cushion before the intermission, prompting Arsenal to get a goal to avoid any form of embarrassment at home
Visitors Deserve Credit
The visitors deserve some credit as they rattled the Gunners at home with two quickfire goals at the Emirates.
They might have caused some kind of scare around the London stadium as Arsenal were on the engage of defeat on possible elimination from the Europa league.
Ostersund SK showed great characters and pace to undo Arsenal defensively they get the better of Arsenal’s quainter Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin particularly Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac to steal a two-goal lead in their first half.
This might have been worse if not for the timely intervention from Sead Kolasinac who pulled a goal back with the right foot to keep Arsenal firmly rooted in the Europa League tie.
Arsenal Progresses despite Scare
The home side might have lost 1-2 at home but they still progressed to the next would of the Europa League (competition).
Two goals from Hosam Aiesh and Ken Sema untested the host having Arsenal 0-2 down just before the intermission; this spurred the Gunners to respond as they pulled a goal back to ensure a passage to their next round.
This was inevitable as Arsenal progressed based on aggregate (4-2) score after winning the first leg 0-3 away from home.