Arsenal VS Bodo/Glimt LIVE Football Match 13 Oct 2022
That’s what we have to try and do [keep our momentum going]. The best way to do that is how we prepare every single day, keep focused on the task and on everything that we’re doing well, and keep being humble. There are a lot of things that we still need to improve and keep that willingness every time to become better every single day and to raise the competition between the members of the squad, because now everyone wants to play the game tomorrow. Obviously, we have to plan for the future and we are all working on it. Edu is on top of it and all of the board and we’ll try to do things in the right way, being fair, and trying to plan the best possible way and reward the players that in our opinion have a big future for the club. When we have something to announce, we will do that.
I don’t know [if those days are in the past], every player is different and what happened in the past, I’m sure the people that were in charge had the right reasons or tried something that was beneficial for the club. We will try to do the same thing and make sure that the club is always protected, that the club is always in a good position to move forward and that the players are happy to be here. It’s a competition that is really important for us, we know how important it is to be on top of that group. We have tough competition, and the home advantage so we have to use it. That’s why tomorrow’s game is really important for us.
Arsenal will seek a second win from as many matches in the 2022-23 Europa League when they welcome Norway’s Bodo/Glimt to the Emirates Stadium for Thursday’s Group A clash. The Gunners opened their continental proceedings with a 2-1 win over FC Zurich, while their visitors have taken four points from their opening two games to sit atop the rankings. As Arsenal’s encounter with FC Zurich on September 8 approached half time, news filtered through that Queen Elizabeth II had died, leading to the suspension of the Gunners’ clash with PSV Eindhoven as security prioritised Her Majesty’s state funeral. The extra rest has done Mikel Arteta’s side very little harm as they continue their early spate of dominance in the Premier League, and whispers of a title charge are starting to grow that little bit louder following their 3-1 North London derby success over Tottenham Hotspur.
Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka all made the net ripple in front of a jubilant Emirates crowd to keep Arsenal one point clear at the top of the Premier League standings, but the unforgiving October period will be a true test of their credentials. With no fewer than nine matches being played this month, Arsenal’s improving squad depth will come to the fore in domestic and continental action, and Arteta’s side welcome Bodo/Glimt to the Emirates having won each of their last seven competitive games at home.
Failure to keep a single clean sheet in that winning run does represent a minor blot on the North Londoners’ notebook, and they have also failed to win any of their last three Europa League games on home soil, but there is a different buzz around the Emirates this time. With group favourites Arsenal seeing their matchday two battle rearranged, Bodo/Glimt took full advantage to rise to the top of the Group A rankings courtesy of their own 2-1 success over FC Zurich on September 15, having drawn 1-1 with PSV on the opening matchday.
After a quiet first half, Ole Selnaes’s own goal and a strike from Hugo Vetlesen put Bodo/Glimt in the ascendancy just before the hour mark, and the Norwegian champions were unfazed by Donis Avdijaj’s late consolation as they held on for all three points. Kjetil Knutsen’s side had faltered in their Eliteserien title defence last month, but they rediscovered their golden touch at the weekend with a 4-1 success over Lillestrom in the top flight, which is exactly what the doctor ordered before a daunting trip to North London.
Only one of Bodo/Glimt’s last 13 away matches in Europe has ended in victory – although that was against British opposition in the form of Celtic – and an unexpected triumph over the Gunners would move Knusten’s men four points clear of the Premier League leaders at the top of Group A. Thursday’s game will mark the inaugural meeting between Arsenal and Bodo/Glimt in any competition, and the hosts remain unbeaten after six clashes with Norwegian opposition, but a rejigged side will still need to have their wits about them here.
Arsenal duo Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe both remain out for the long-term due to hamstring and groin injuries respectively, while Cedric Soares has sustained a fresh knock and may not be ready to return just yet either. With Liverpool to come at the weekend, expect Arteta to make a plethora of changes for Thursday’s game, starting with Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko dropping out of the side given their recent fitness woes. Fabio Vieira, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Marquinhos are among those who should be drafted into the side, with the latter putting in a man-of-the-match display on his full debut against Zurich with a goal and assist.
As for Bodo/Glimt, midfielder Sondre Fet will need a bit more time to fully recuperate from a knee injury, but Knutsen is otherwise working with a fully-fit squad for the trip to the Emirates. Following on from his strike against Zurich, midfielder Vetlesen came off the bench to net his side’s third of the day against Lillestrom and will expect to displace Albert Gronbaek in the first XI this week. Amahl Pellegrino, Runar Espejord and Joel Mvuka ought to form the attacking triumvirate for the visitors, although the former two were only deemed worthy for spots on the bench against Zurich.