Mesut Ozil scored as Arsenal eased to a 3-0 victory over Ostersunds at Jamtkraft Arena


Germany’s international midfielder Mesut Ozil scored as Arsenal eased to a 3-0 victory at Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the first leg of their Europa League, last-32 tie on Thursday, while Michy Batshuayi snatched Borussia Dortmund a dramatic win over Atalanta.

Nacho Monreal celebrates opening the scoring for Arsenal CREDIT: REUTERS

Left-back Nacho Monreal put Arsenal into an early lead with his fifth goal of the season, tapping in after home goalkeeper Aly Keita inexplicably let the ball slip from his grasp.

The visitors were also gifted the second goal in the 24th minute as Ostersunds tried to play their way out of their own area, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan latching onto the loose ball and seeing a low cross diverted into his own net by defender Sotirios Papagiannopoulos.

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Nacho Monreal opens the scoring CREDIT: REUTERS

The comfortable win means that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be able to rest his key players for the second leg at the Emirates in a week’s time.

“We did the job well, controlled the ball against a good side,” Wenger told BT Sport TV.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is helped up by Henrikh Mkhitaryan(Image: Action Images via Reuters)

“Overall we played a serious game, so job done. They looked very nervous and we took advantage of it.”

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