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Wenger reacts to Ostersunds Europa League draw

Arsene Wenger has praised the English manager of our next Europa League opponents.

Graham Potter, a former Football League defender best known for his time with York City, has guided Ostersunds into the last 32 of the competition on the back of a meteoric rise that saw the Swedish club climb from the fourth tier to the Allsvenskan in four seasons.

Ostersunds are Sweden’s sole representatives in the Europa League and Wenger - who has been our manager longer than Ostersunds have been in existence - will do his homework.

“They have done very well, the Swedish team,” said Wenger. “I think they finished fifth in their championship and are now on a break.

“Looking at their results in Europe, they have done well so we have to prepare properly. At the moment I cannot tell you much more about them because I don’t know them very well. The games are on the 15th and 22nd of February, so we have some time to study them much better.

“They have an English manager who has done extremely well,” added the boss. “[English managers] can come back after they go abroad. It gives them an opportunity in Europe to show their quality, then to come back to show that quality in England.”

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