We learnt three things as Arsenal cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Bodo/Glimt in the 2022/23 Europa League and stretched their winning streak at home to eight games.
Eddie Nketiah who was given the nod ahead of Jesus started things off in great fashion with a close-range goal. Fabio Vieira looked lively in the early stages and set up Rob Holding’s header for the second goal.
Vieira hammered in the third goal after a great individual play by Gabriel Jesus as Arsenal ended their three-game wait for a home win in Europe. The Gunners will take this positive momentum ahead of the visit of Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.
1. Fabio Vieira Had A Defining Game
Fabio Vieira got another goal and assist in his second start in the Europa League. Mikel Arteta was brutal on the player, still saying there is room for improvement as the player needs to press and track back after losing the ball in midfield.
Vieira was at the centre of much of their best work, repeatedly providing inviting crosses and creating chances, as well as going close himself when he showed classy technique to smack a shot against the crossbar early on.
2. Reiss Nelson Is Back
After being out with a long-term injury and little opportunity in an Arsenal shirt, Reiss Nelson was given the chance to come off the bench against Bodo/Glimt.
The player looked energetic, bursting down the left flank on multiple occasions and taking on the opposition full-back. Although it was roughly a ten-minute cameo, it bodes well for potential depth in the team if he can level up his promising display into some goal contributions.
3. Gunners Are Slowly Starting To Build Their Squad Depth
Till now, Arteta has used the Europa League this season to experiment with some of his reserve players in a bid to enhance the team’s squad depth. Marquinhos, Vieira, Nketiah, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nelson were all rewarded with game time against Bodo/Glimt. Despite extending their winning run to four games and keeping a clean sheet, Arteta wants his side to improve in-game management –
“There’s still a lot of things we can do collectively better, we need to keep the standards as high as possible and raise the next level. We had spells that were too rushed, didn’t win enough duels and didn’t manage the ball and win it back well enough. It became really open with a lot of transitions. When the game is in your hands you have to manage it much better. We have to put 10-15 passes together enough times to get more in the final third. We were really effective in the final third, we looked a threat. But in terms of composure, the timing between the units, maybe because they haven’t played enough together, was lacking a little bit. In football, five minutes is everything”
Mikel Arteta now has the best win ratio of any Arsenal manager in history (58.26%).
241 goals scored
145 goals conceded
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Arsenal manager Arteta deserves a pat on the back for his decisions in this game against a Bodo/Glimt side which had already taken points from a top-class PSV Eindhoven side in the first group stage match.
He was able to give rest to eight players who will likely start this weekend against Liverpool, and he also brought off Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Martinelli and Granit Xhaka to allow them to cool off before the big match. Liverpool will be their toughest challenge before the mid-season break for the World Cup.
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