Reid out to catch Ar­se­nal cold...

Evening Times - - SPORT - By PHIL GOR­DON

BILLY Reid is aware that the rest of Europe be­lieves that Oster­sunds FK have no chance of beat­ing Ar­se­nal in the Europa League last-32 first leg clash tonight.

How­ever, the for­mer Hamilton Ac­cies man­ager is con­vinced his Swedish side can pull off the big­gest shock of all time in Europe’s sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion by turn­ing over Arsene Wenger’s stel­lar cast.

The Scot, who is as­sis­tant to English manger Gra­ham Pot­ter, is hop­ing that the sub-zero tem­per­a­tures in Swe­den will in­spire an­other Nordic foot­ball fairy tale.

Oster­sunds knocked out Galatasaray in the qual­i­fy­ing rounds and won their group ahead of Spain’s Ath­letic Bil­bao and Ger­many’s Hertha Ber­lin.

Now Ar­se­nal will visit the Jamkraft Arena and Reid feels the sell­out 9000 crowd and ar­ti­fi­cial pitch will work in the Swedes’ favour.

“We had the BBC cam­eras here to film us last week and it was -18 when we trained,” said Reid. “I don’t think they could be­lieve we were work­ing out in that cold. Ar­se­nal have played in Rus­sia be­fore but I still think they will get a shock when they see our place.

“We’ve had a lot of heavy snow­falls in north­ern Swe­den in the last month. The club had to clear the pitch a cou­ple of weeks ago and be­fore our Swedish Cup tie with Trelle­borg.

“It should be -5 at match time which is fine for our play­ers. They know how to play on a syn­thetic sur­face on those tem­per­a­tures but it will take a bit of time for Ar­se­nal to get used to it.

“It will be a bit like an FA Cup tie for Ar­se­nal at a small club. Very un­fa­mil­iar.

“We’ve had two train­ing camps, in Tener­ife and Mar­bella, where we faced Loko­mo­tiv Moscow and Dy­namo Kiev, so that’s been a great help. We fear no-one at home.”

Ex-Ac­cies boss Billy Reid faces Ar­se­nal tonight

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