LUGE v HUGE Oster­sund.. formed five weeks AF­TER Arsene joined the Gun­ners

Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORT - FROM ADRIAN KAJUMBA

BRIT-ABROAD Cur­tis Ed­wards ad­mits even he can’t get his head around how Oster­sund have taken Europe by storm to earn a last-32 tie against Arse­nal.

The Swedish side’s fairy­tale jour­ney – from the fourth tier to the Europa League, un­der English boss Gra­ham Pot­ter – has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion.

Mid­fielder Ed­wards helped the club win their first-ever tro­phy in April 2017 – the Swedish Cup – to qual­ify.

They then dumped out Galatasaray, PAOK Salonika in qual­i­fy­ing and beat Hertha Ber­lin in the group stages.

Ed­wards said: “Gra­ham al­ways gives us be­lief and the right tac­tics.”

Oster­sund were formed in Oc­to­ber 1996 – in­cred­i­bly, five weeks af­ter Arsene Wenger was ap­pointed Gun­ners boss.

And Pot­ter (be­low) agreed the tie was sim­i­lar to the FA Cup third round, say­ing: “Ab­so­lutely.

But in the third round of the FA Cup, you have not beaten Galatasaray or

PAOK or Hertha Ber­lin.

“We are ob­vi­ously all ex­cited about the game against

Arse­nal, a

Cham­pi­ons

League club.”

COLD COM­FORT Oster­sund teased Arse­nal with this pic­ture on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day

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