Bodo/Glimt vs Arsenal – Arsenal defeated Bodo/Glimt 1-0 on Thursday to retain their unblemished start to Europa League group play. Bukayo Saka scored the game’s sole goal. Prior to Thursday’s rematch in Norway, the Premier League leaders had defeated Liverpool magnificently on Sunday. They had also defeated Glimt 3-0 on October 6
Another rotated Arsenal team took the field in front of a boisterous home crowd in an eight-degree chill, which is twice as cold as London. The visitors labored on the artificial surface against a team that has won 14 straight domestic European matches. The opening goal for Arsenal did ultimately come when Lokonga passed Saka on the right side of the box. Saka’s initial shot was stopped by a defender. The rebound surprised the Bodo goalie by dropping into the net.
When Martin Odegaard, fed the England winger in the box, Saka could have increased the advantage. He hurried his shot, which missed the near post. Before halftime, Bodo gave a reminder of their danger. Ola Solbakken flicked on a long ball and set up Pellegrino for a clear shot. The leading scorer in Norway’s premier division shocked the home crowd when he misjudged the situation and missed an easy chance to give the team’s tenacious defence a chance to get back into the game.
Bodo applied pressure on Arsenal for the whole of the second half. The Gunners failed to create a meaningful opportunity on goal after the break. After Lokonga’s sloppy pass in the middle of the field, Pellegrino was again allowed through down the left. Even though the Bodo forward’s shot was on target, Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner comfortably parried it.
The greatest opportunity of the half belonged to Espejord. After Solbakken curled narrowly past Turner’s bar after tackling Kieran Tierney down the Arsenal left. Hugo Vetlesen laid off to the left wing of Bodo, who collected it but could only shoot high. Given the importance of the opportunity, his manager Kjetil Knutsen collapsed to the ground in despair. Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Thomas Partey were brought in by Arteta in order to establish more control over a raging Bodo side. While the goal was eventually achieved, it wasn’t without some difficulty.