After a 3-0 away win in Sweden, this match-up between Graham Potter's Ostersund and Arsene Wenger's Arsenal looks like it has already been close to sewed up before a ball has been kicked in North London.

The Gunners provided a professional and clinical display in the chilly Jamkraft Stadium last Thursday, and having a week off between fixtures will have left the team refreshed before the second leg. There is also the small matter of the League Cup Final against Manchester City in Wembley on Sunday, which will certainly have made its way out of the peripheral view on the horizon at this stage, and is now firmly taking centre stage in terms of preparation.

Even with this being the case, there is still the matter of getting a result on Thursday night and making it to the last 16 of the Europa League. Arsenal's team and performance from last week is a sure-fire indicator of just how seriously Wenger is taking this competition now - and rightly so, with it now beginning to look like it may represent the easiest way into the Champions League next season, with the bridge between Arsenal and the Top 4 widening in the league.

While it is likely that a new-look team will be played in anticipation of the cup final on Sunday, there will still be lots of strength throughout the spine of the team. Danny Welbeck will be hoping to take advantage of the absence of his striking competitors Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Cup-tied due to his former side Borrussia Dortmund's involvement in the competition) and Alexandre Lacazette - out with a groin injury.

The Englishman perhaps did not have the impact he would have been hoping for in Sweden, so will be looking to put his name on the score sheet and put his name in contention to feature more frequently as the season comes to a close - in-turn, putting his name in contention for a place on the plane to Russia with the English national team as part of the upcoming world cup squad.

It's not just Welbeck who will have something to prove against Ostersund. Some youngsters got a run-out against Potter's side last Thursday - namely Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nkeitah - and there's no reason to believe this won't be the case again, allowing them to get some big-match experience in a European competition, with the less pressurized-fixture meaning they have a good opportunity to showcase their considerable talents.

The two stand-out performers on the night in the previous tie were the attacking forces of Mesut Ozil and Henrik Mkhitaryan. The German play-maker found the net to top off a fine performance, scoring his first Europa League goal in seven years in the process, and his new Armenian teammate was the man of the match, chipping in with two assists. One feels, however, that neither will be risked at the Emirates, and will likely be on the bench in preparation for Sunday's trip to the national stadium.
Also likely to be rested are the likes of defenders Shkrodan Mustafi and Nacho Monreal, with the latter having a hugely positive part to play in the last few weeks for Arsenal, and warrants a rest.

Joining them on the bench may be Alex Iwobi, which would make place for Nelson to play in his preferred attacking position. This, in-turn, will free up some place further down the team to re-introduce Sead Koloasinac at leftback to help rebuild the former Schalke man’s confidence with some playing time.

With Kolasinac at left-back, Maitland-Niles can play once more in central midfield, as he did in Sweden. It’s likely he will be flanked by Mohamed Elneny, who had an excellent game in Sweden – averaging 97% pass accuracy - stated during the week that he wanted his side to continue their clinical form.

“Wnning away from home by a three-goal margin sends out a strong message to other teams in this competition.”, the Egyptian said, and indeed it does.

David Ospina will return to the Arsenal goals for his second consecutive appearance. The performance of the Columbian keeper was respectable, as he produced a rare Arsenal penalty save in the final minute of the fixture to keep a clean sheet, and will be hoping to bring this form into the second leg.

The story that has dominated the build-up to this fixture has undoubtedly been the inspirational story of English manager Potter taking Ostersund from the Swedish fourth division to the knock out stages of the Europa League in the space of just 6 years.

The loss against Arsenal at home was one of the only dips in form in what has been a tremendous European campaign that has seen them get historic wins against Galatasaray and Hertha Berlin and a draw against Athletic Bilbao.

It would seem, however, that a win away to Arsenal - one of the aristocrats of football in Potter's native country - would be a step to far for the plucky underdogs of Ostersund, especially with the away goal deficit.

Nonetheless, you can be sure that his side will not make Thursday easy for the Gunners, with forward Saman Ghoddos and midfielder Telsfadet Tekie perhaps the stand-out players for the side from the first leg looking to make an impact again at the Emirates.

In terms of injuries and absentees within the squads, Arsenal will be missing the aforementioned Lacazette and Aubameyang, as well as long-term loss Santi Cazorla. The opposition will still be without recent free transfer signing Smajl Suljevic and midfielder Johan Bertilsson, but otherwise will remain unchanged.

With one eye keenly focused on Sunday's League Cup final against Manchester City, supporters can expect a heavily changed Arsenal team for this fixture, with hopefully some fringe players and young blood using the game to impress.

Arsenal play Ostersund in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 fixture in the Emirates on Thursday night, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm.