Arsenal will be keen to maintain their fine recent form in the Europa League as they welcome Bodo/Glimt to the Emirates this week.
The Gunners return to European competition buoyed by a dominating 3-1 victory in the North London derby against rivals Tottenham on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta’s side lead the Premier League with seven wins from their eight games, having also beaten FC Zurich in their only Europa League game.
Bodo/Glimt top Group A with four points, with Arsenal one game less after their clash with PSV was postponed.
The Norwegian side could pose a tricky test for the Gunners, having handed Jose Mourinho the heaviest defeat of his managerial career last season.
Arsenal vs Bodo/Glimt: talkSPORT coverage
This Champions League clash will take place on Thursday, October 6.
Kick-off in the Emirates is scheduled for 8 p.m.
The game will be shown on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 7.45pm.
talkSPORT will have live updates throughout the evening and talkSPORT.com will also be running a live blog for the game.
To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
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Arsenal vs Bodo/Glimt: Team news
The hosts are without long-term absentees Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny, but Arteta has no new injury concerns to contend with.
Eddie Nketiah should lead the line with Gabriel Jesus rested, while Kieran Tierney could start in defense.
Cedric Soares is also back available after missing out on the win against Spurs.
Bodo/Glimt will be without midfielder Sondre Fet due to injury, but will otherwise have a strong squad.
Arsenal vs Bodo/Glimt: What was said?
Graeme Souness admitted everyone loved watching Arsenal but remained skeptical of their titles until they had a ‘real test’.
“I think it’s up and up for Arsenal, I think they play a brand of football that we all enjoy,” talkSPORT co-host Souness, White and Jordan said on Monday.
“But I come back to it anyway, the real tests will be against Liverpool, Man City.
“And that in itself is a compliment because if you were talking about it a year ago there would be seven or eight teams that you could come up with as a test for them.”
Arsenal vs Bodo/Glimt: Match Facts
- No player has created more chances after carrying (moving more than 5 meters with the ball) than Arsenal’s Marquinhos in the UEFA Europa League this season (4); this while the Brazilian has only played 69 minutes in the competition so far.
- In all European competitions, Bodø/Glimt have won just one of their last 13 away matches (D7 L5), a 3-1 win at Celtic in February last season. They also only kept one clean sheet in this run, a goalless draw at CSKA Sofia last season.
- Arsenal have failed to win any of their last three home games in European competition (D2 L1), their worst run since six home games without a win between October 2002 and September 2003.
- Bodø/Glimt have never faced an English team in European competition. They have faced two British sides before, knocking out Celtic in last season’s UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round, and Linfield in this season’s UEFA Champions League qualifier.
- This will be the very first European meeting between Arsenal and Bodø/Glimt. The Gunners have already faced three Norwegian teams (Strømsgodset, Rosenborg, Molde), winning five of the six matches against them (D1).
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