Arsenal v Bodo/Glimt Review: Great Game – Only One Disappointment

Glimt of Bodo, my first midweek game of the season, I do enjoy a night game under the floodlights it just seems to be a more dramatic occasion.

Arteta made some changes, not as many as some might have hoped but 8 changes is a lot, and it did have an effect on how Arsenal played. Some of those rotated in certainly had some rust in them their boots, but they needed minutes, and we have a lot of games pending, so needs must.

Turner, Tomiyasu, Tierney, Holding, Vieira, Lokonga, Nketiah and Marquinhos all made their second successive European starts aided by 1st team regulars Xhaka, Gabriel and Martinelli.

Glimt were tall, strong, physical, organised and skillful, they came to play and they were brave, and a credit to their manager and coaching staff. Tonight was no walkover believe me, Arteta was right not to underestimate the Norwegians. The return game on their plastic pitch will be fraught with banana skins, Arsenal will need to be at their best to win in Norway.

Arsenal despite the challenge from the Norsemen pretty much dominated and controlled the 1st 45. Turner didn’t have a save to make and our defence had the Norge pretty much in their pockets despite some slick approach work from the Vikings. Eddie followed up a Tierney shot to settle our nerves with a sharp finish, and then Super Rob Holding headed our second following good work from Vieira.

The 2nd 45 didn’t turnout the same, I don’t know what the Glimt manager said to his players at halftime but it certainly worked, and any hopes of a comfortable conclusion to this tie with one or two youngsters getting a run out disappeared as Glimt put Arsenal under a lot of pressure with some smart approach play and an appetite for a strong challenge that knocked any complacency out of the Gunners. We had to fight for the result for sure.

Arteta despite sending out Matt Smith and Cirjan to warm up had to err on the side of caution, with the lead being only two goals, and went with the more experienced subs, the job needed to be done. As some legs began to wane Arteta brought on Jesus, Saka and Odegaard for Xhaka, Marquinhos and Martinelli. Arteta followed that up with White for Tierney and finally Nelson for Eddie after Nketiah spurned the chance to get his second and secure the tie.

A brilliant mazy run by Jesus and a finish by Vieira sealed the game but I was a tad disappointed that that third goal hadn’t been found earlier as we might have seen Smith and/or Cirjan make their debuts, but a professional job was concluded and we move on to the next challenge.

I was pleased to see Turner make some good saves in the 2nd 45. It’s so difficult for a goalkeeper to find some form when they play so little, so it was encouraging to see him silence some of his doubters – for now anyway.

By Allezkev.

26 thoughts on “Arsenal v Bodo/Glimt Review: Great Game – Only One Disappointment

  • Brilliant stuff, Kev. Six goals for you in two games – you have been spoiled my friend.

    I understand your disappointment – little as it is for you – but I agree Arteta had to make those changes. A few were running out of steam and we need Granit v Klopp’s Teethers on Sunday.

    I loved the way we looked so well organised and played our game even when Arteta made eight changes. Our midfield was in control and we had that bid of extra quality in Martinelli, Eddie and Vieira. Sambi is great in receiving and passing the ball but his defence work remains a work in progress.

    Our right wing was less effective with both Marquinos and Tomi struggling with intercontinental cohesion issues.

    Tierney was his usual (again) bullish and Rob and Big Gab did a great defensive job. I also thought Turner was very good, and Eddie was simply excellent (especially in the first half).

    But the biggest pleasure I got is from 22-year-old Vieira. There is so much feeling in that left foot and he could have had a hattrick yesterday. I agree with Arteta that his (team) defending duties need improving but he really adds to our attack very well.

  • Thanks for correcting my couple of spelling mistakes Total and yes you make some really good points, it’s as if we can see not only the team evolving but Arteta as well, I always felt that 5 subs would suit his tactical acumen perfectly. Watching our club grow is so enjoyable and yes, 6 goals, I have been blessed, maybe it’s the influence of Stuart on our blog? 😉

  • The influence of Stuart is infinite, Kev. I have a feeling his presence at a couple of games early season has been a blessing.

    Agreed the five subs is making a difference and like you I hope we see a bit more of the Hale End youngsters soon. The next game in Europe is indeed a challenging one but I am looking forward to it. At this stage, I am actually happy not to be in the CL and have this developing team potentially getting hammered by the RM and Bayerns of Europe. Step by step, onwards and upwards. COYGs!

  • It was a professional job from the team despite some evident rustiness from some players. It was pleasing to see Arteta making some substitutions earlier than normal even if it wasn’t to make way for some Hale Enders.

  • I had forgotten about their artificial pitch – I hate those, they’re knee-killers, let’s hope all of the boys will keep out of harm’s way next thursday
    The good thing about the second half yesterday was how Turner got tested, and he passed the test with honours, which is great news indeed
    I agree with you about Matt Smith, the lad deserves to have his name beside Nwaneri’s on the Hale End wall, but I start wondering if this will ever happen …
    I liked Reiss’s cameo a lot, he was electric and with a bit of luck could have scored, there’s (much) more to come from this kid, imo
    2 wins, 6 goals … you’ve been a lucky charm so far, which is why:
    “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to get your son’s buddy abducted, and locked away for the week-end, so you might attend Sunday’s 4.30pm game by your son’s side … As always, should you be caught, Bergkampesque will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This post will self-destruct ten seconds after you finished reading it. Good luck, Kev.”

  • Answer the call, Kev. We’ll all sit in the parked van remotely connected to you with our head phones on.

  • Thanks for video yesterday, Le Gall. It is very upbeat and energetic.

    Lovely to see you in action, Stu. Your voice is so calming and you clearly are a bit of an entertainer too. 🙂 Some very strong messages full of solace and perspective. Thanks for sharing.

  • A red card proved costly for Groningen as RKC Waalwijk came from behind to defeat them 3-2 in the Euroborg. Mika Biereth netted a double.

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    Groningen boss Frank Warmuth described the clash as “Must win” earlier in the week for his stumbling side. He saw his side nearly fall behind in the first few minutes but Thierry Lutonda could only fire wide when in on goal.

    The left-back then fouled Tomas Suslov in the box leading to a penalty after 15 minutes. Ricardo Pepi slotted in the spot kick to make it 1-0 for the hosts.

    It all went wrong for Groningen in the 36th minute as Radinio Balker stopped Roy Kuijpers as he raced on goal and the defender was shown a straight red-card. The resulting penalty was scored by Dario van den Buijs.

    Substitute Mika Biereth, who is on loan from Arsenal, then fired RKC in front after the hour mark, but Groningen hit back as Pepi slotted in a pass from Florian Krüger.

    With an extra man, RKC went looking for the winner and it came with ten minutes left as Biereth latched onto an Ilias Bel Hassani pass before firing RKC to victory.

    RKC is now up to seventh in the table, while Groningen is 12th.

  • Funnily enough LeG my sons mate has had Covid this week and he hasn5 confirmed if he’s going yet, so hold onto your self- destructing tape recorder just for now as I may well be abseiling into the Emirates dressed as the Daily Milk man, fingers crossed. 🤞

  • Great news from TA’s homeland, Kev, … He’s such a classic CF this lad, let’s hope he’ll benefit from this Eredivisie season as much as Reiss did from the latest. Hard choices will have to be made soon though, GJ9 will be our n°1 for quite some time, and there won’t be room for all of Eddie-Folarin-Mika behind him, not to mention John-Jules, who seems to be coming of age at Ipswich, at long last …
    “Mission Possible”, then … Now I feel almost guilty to have written what I did, though; tell your son’s friend to get well soon!!

  • I shall do that LeG, Biereth would certainly bring something different to the table in terms of playing style with the big centre forward suddenly being back in vogue.

  • Biereth is a Dutch anagram of ‘het bier’ , meaning the beer. Let’s hope this experience will give him Dutch courage and then go all the way.

  • Thanks for the Guardian link. It’s a murky world, Total.

    “Down here next to me in this lonely crowd
    There’s a man who swears he’s not to blame
    All day long I hear him cry so loud
    Callin’ out that he’s been framed, yeah”


    …” I see my light come shining
    From the west unto the east
    Any day now, any day now
    I shall be released”

    Matthew 24:27.

  • The corruption is one thing, Stu; the thousands of dead construction workers is so much worse. Human lives don’t matter over there. It’s our beautiful game, the people’s game, and look what it has become.

    Thanks for the citation. Vivid and hopeful.

  • Yes, mate. Their tombs a monument to men’s greed and vain ambition.
    The Worlds media will be in Qatar for this world cup. Let’s hope and pray that some brave light is shone into some dark corners. Tho’, just like in Russia four years ago, in Brazil eight years ago and in Argentina in ’78 those dark corners may be conveniently and temporarily ‘cleansed’ and whitewashed over.

  • Liverpool see us as the upstarts coming to eclipse their team permanently. I expect that to give them their most motivation so far this year.
    For this game, I’d like to see Ødegaard score (he took at least 4 shots against spurs.. he wanted it)…
    I’d also like to see Starboy get a shot on target.

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