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UEFA Europa League 2017/18: Östersunds 0-3 Arsenal, 5 Talking Points

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Arsenal win 3-0 on a cold Thursday night in Sweden.

Arsenal cruised to a three-nil lead against Swedish side Ostersunds on a night when nothing short of a victory would've rattled an already-troubled fanbase.

Arsene Wenger fielded a strong starting eleven with Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi all getting the nod.

And while Ostersunds did produce some wonderful plays at times - and earning a late penalty - Arsenal were the better side and ensured that they headed into next week's reverse fixture on the front foot. Here's what we learnt:

Arsenal need Alexander Lacazette back soon

Danny Welbeck made his first start since coming back from his injury and while he did adequately in leading Arsenal's line up top, the quality of his runs and the timing of his passes often halted the Gunners' attack.

Eddie Nketiah was brought on with eight minutes remaining in the game and immediately brought about some urgency up top. Welbeck had gotten comfortable and the Ostersunds defence had him pegged.

The lack of an experienced alternative will hurt Arsenal in the long run.

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