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Former City man in famous victory

Former City man in famous victory

Former York City player Graham Potter steered Swedish minnows Ostersunds FK to a famous 2-1 victory at Arsenal in their Europa League Round of 32 second-leg.

The 42-year-old ex-West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Birmingham City left-back therefore becomes the first-ever English manager to win at the Emirates in Europe - and just the sixth in all competitions.

However, with the Gunners already holding a three-goal advantage from the first-leg, they still progress at the expense of opponents who were incredibly languishing in the Swedish fourth division just over seven years ago.

Having already memorably knocked out Turkish giants Galatasaray on their way, the visitors were actually a couple of goals ahead at the break and threatening a most unlikely recovery.

First Hosam Aiesh's effort was diverted in by home defender Calum Chambers before Ken Sema clinically added another just sixty seconds later.

Arsenal improved after the interval and Sead Kolasinac was on the end of Hector Bellerin's delivery to ease their fears of a stunning exit.

The visitors' ranks also notably included former York winger Jamie Hopcutt, who was to call goalkeeper David Ospina into action at his near post.

"I am very, very proud of the players and the supporters," Potter told BT Sport. "To play in the manner we did I felt we showed real courage and bravery and played some good football against a top team.

"At 2-0 we thought we had a chance. We played well, won the game but it was just short of the miracle," he added. "Apart from the first 20 minutes at home we went toe-to-toe with Arsenal which is no mean feat considering where we have come from. Today is a day to be proud of what we did over the two matches."

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Writer:Vital York City
Date:Thursday February 22 2018
Time: 10:34PM

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