Arsene Wenger believes he can now turn attentions towards upsetting the odds in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City after their 3-0 win away to Ostersund in the Europa League.
The Gunners ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over in Sweden in their opening round of 32 tie as a strong side coped with tricky conditions to ease to victory.
Nacho Monreal’s third goal in six games set them on their way, with Mesut Ozil – featuring in this competition for the first time this season – wrapping up the win after Sotirios Papagiannopoulos scored an unfortunate own goal.
Ostersund saw a last-minute penalty saved by David Ospina, Arsenal’s captain on the night, as Wenger’s men all but assured themselves a place in the last 16.
That means the pressure is off on the return leg at the Emirates Stadium next week – with focus now able to be shifted to the Wembley meeting with Manchester City as Wenger looks to add a League Cup title to his impressive honours list.
“We’ll try to win the game again,” he said when asked if he will shuffle his pack and rest some of his bigger names.
“Maybe we’ll rotate the players who did not play tonight and rest one or two who played tonight.
“I think we adapted quite well to the pitch. They were maybe a bit cautious at the start and we took advantage of it. Overall we won in a comfortable way.”
Wenger thinks Arsenal took advantage of a nervous-looking Ostersund side and continued: “We did the job well, controlled the ball against a good side,” Wenger told BT Sport. “They beat Hertha Berlin here, 2-2 against Athletic Bilbao, so a quality team. But once we scored the first goal we were in control.
“Overall we played a serious game, so job done. They looked very nervous and we took advantage of it.”