Some insight from the stats:
Ostersund take about half of their shots from outside the box, almost 7 a game. They scored just two goals off those shots, both goals at home.
They have scored zero goals from headers, 1 penalty, and 3 goals from set plays.
Arsenal were the team with the 2nds fewest attempted tackles in the EL group stages. Ostersund attempted the 7th fewest. However, Arsenal were 2nd in attempted dribbles and Oestersund were 4th. Typically tackles and dribbles go hand in hand; the more dribbles, the more tackles.
This could be one area where the historical stats don’t match up to the game day stats. Arsenal’s leading dribbler in EL is Jack Wilshere with almost 5 successful dribbles per game. Jack is out for this match. Arsenal’s other two leading dribblers are Iwobi and Welbeck with 3 per game. Also, Ozil is an excellent dribbler, though he prefers a pass. We could see a number of Arsenal players trying a large number of dribbles in the Oestersund final third which will probably lead to a lot of attempted tackles.
Their leading dribbler is Ken Sema with 2.8 per game. He plays on the left, so watch Bellerin’s match today.
Ostersund were, however, 6th in the EL in total interceptions. They have three players in the spine of the team who combines to average almost 8 interceptions a game: Petterson, Nouri, and Bachirou. Those are all listed as CB, DM, and DM. Their CB’s and DM’s step to intercept rather than tackle, much like Arsenal are taught to do.
Oestersunds (finally spelled it right?) aren’t much for set play offense. They have just 6 key passes from crosses, 2 from corners, 2 from free kicks, and (weirdly) 2 from throw ins (that’s kind of a lot). Their CB Papagianapoulis and their RB (RM???) Curtis Edwards (he’s English, from Thornaby) have a goal each.
Arsenal and Oestersunds were 43rd and 42nd in total fouls committed in EL group stage play. It should be a clean game (watch, three red cards or something).
Arsenal’s leading goal scorers in this competition are, Theo Walcott (3), Olivier Giroud (3), Alexis Sanchez (1), Jack Wilshere (1), Debuchy (1), Holding (1), and Kolasinac (1). Only Elneny (1), and Bellerin (1) will be available for today’s match.