Arsenal predicted line-up against Bodo/Glimt

By on October 13, 2022

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Arsenal are set to face off against Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt this evening in the Europa League at the Aspmyra Stadion.

The Gunners came away victorious in their first two group games – one of those matches was against the Norwegian side which Mikel Arteta’s side won by 3-0 – in the Europa League and as a consequence of that the north London club are currently sitting top of Group A.

Winning at the Aspmyra Stadion will not be easy for Arsenal, given Kjetil Knudsen’s side have enjoyed decent success at home as they have lost only one game in all competitions this season. The Superlagets might also be highly motivated to earn a positive result from this encounter following last week’s disappointing defeat at the Emirates.

Arsenal have enjoyed a great spell away from home in the Europa League in recent times as they have lost only one game in 14, winning 10 and drawing three. So, it should be a great match-up between these two sides this evening.

Expected Arsenal line-up

Following an intense game against Liverpool last weekend, Arteta is expected to make wholesale changes to his side in this encounter, as he did last week, and give many of his first-team players a rest.

Matt Turner should start in goal as he has done in the previous two games in this competition and in that case, Aaron Ramsdale will find himself on the bench.

Rob Holding previously started in both games in the Europa League alongside Gabriel Magalhães in Arsenal’s defence and Arteta could stick with the same combination for tonight’s game.

Despite Oleksandr Zinchenko’s injury absence, Kieran Tierney wasn’t called upon to start in the last game against Liverpool, rather Takehiro Tomiyasu was deemed a more suitable candidate to play in left-back by Arteta, which turned out to be an excellent decision. However, the Scotsman is expected to be recalled in his preferred left-back position in tonight’s fixture, while Tomiyasu could return to his natural right-back slot. Ben White and William Saliba might get some rest.

Albert Sambi Lokonga should start in the middle of the park with Thomas Partey expected to get a midweek break. It will be interesting to see who will commence alongside the Belgian as Granit Xhaka has already started every game for Arteta’s side so far this term, therefore, giving him a breather in this encounter could be a wise decision. So, the Spanish boss could go with Fabio Vieira and Martin Odegaard as the two midfielders in front of Lokonga.

Summer signing Marquinhos has started in the previous two games in the Europa League and it can be expected that he will make his third start in Arsenal colours this evening, while Gabriel Martinelli could keep his place on the left flank. Reiss Nelson returned to action last week after recovering from his injury and he could be on the bench. Bukayo Saka should get a breather in this fixture.

Gabriel Jesus hasn’t travelled with the squad, therefore, Eddie Nketiah will lead the line for Arsenal in tonight’s game.

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