While Mikel Arteta’s high-flyers cannot expect a walk in the park in Norway, there’s no doubt the Gunners will take the field with their confidence skyrocketing.
Despite being pegged back twice by fierce Premier League rivals Liverpool, the current league table-toppers claimed a mammoth 3-2 victory in Sunday’s derby match at the Emirates Stadium.
Bukayo Saka was on the scoresheet on either side of half-time as Arsenal made it eight wins from nine Premier League outings (L1) to follow up a 3-0 demolition of Bodo/Glimt last week.
Things are looking equally promising for the London heavyweights in the Europa League.
After dispatching Zurich 2-1 on day one and beating the Norwegians in the reverse leg, they head into proceedings as Group A pacesetters.
Poised to avenge last week’s unpleasant experience in north London and maintain their hopes of making it out of the Europa League group stages for the first time, Bodo/Glimt will enter this clash in high spirits.
Kjetil Knutsen’s team found themselves 1-0 down in Sunday’s Eliteserien home meeting with Sandefjord but netted four unanswered second-half goals to claim an overwhelming 4-1 triumph.
Although Arsenal will present them with a much sterner challenge, the reigning Norwegian champions can draw confidence from their unbelievable home form in European football.
Knutsen’s men have won their last 14 European fixtures at Aspmyra Stadion via an aggregate score of 42-5, including a 2-1 victory over Zurich on matchday two.
Aspmyra Stadion has been a venue of entertainment over the past couple of months, with four of Bodo/Glimt’s last five home matches seeing over 2.5 goals and both teams scoring.
However, the Norwegians wouldn’t mind a more keenly-contested battle in the midfield after failing to keep a clean sheet in their last five competitive games on home turf.
Shoring up his side’s defensive holes is Knutsen’s top assignment if he’s to emulate last season’s Europa Conference League run, which went all the way to the quarter-finals.
Flying out of the traps has been a common theme in Arsenal’s recent fixtures, as they’ve broken the deadlock within 30 minutes of play across the last five matches, winning on each occasion.
Another fast start would hand the Gunners’ bid to solidify their place at the Group A summit a massive boost, considering they boast a 100% win ratio in competitive games in which they opened the scoring this term.
Confidence oozes out of every pore as Arsenal are unbeaten in 13 of their last 14 Europa League matches on hostile turf (W10, D2), emphasising their status as pre-match favourites.
Bodo/Glimt vs Arsenal Potential Line-ups
Bodo/Glimt (4-3-3): Nikita Haikin; Alfons Sampsted, Brede Moe, Marius Hoibraten, Brice Wembangomo; Ulrik Saltnes, Patrick Berg, Hugo Vetlesen; Joel Mvuka, Runar Espejord, Amahl Pellegrino.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Matt Turner; Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney; Granit Xhaka, Albert Sambi Lokonga; Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Martinelli; Eddie Nketiah.
How to Watch?
Bodo/Glimt vs Arsenal, alongside all other Gunners’ competitive fixtures this season, is available to watch online via Arsenal live streams.
Bodo/Glimt vs Arsenal Prediction
Despite Bodo/Glimt’s stellar home form in Europe, we expect Arsenal to walk away with all three points.
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