When they welcome Bodo/Glimt of Norway to the Emirates Stadium for their Group A matchup on Thursday, Arsenal will be looking for their second victory in as many Europa League games in the 2022–23 season.
The Gunners defeated FC Zurich 2-1 to begin their continental competition, while the visitors lead the standings after two games and four points.
The extra break hasn’t hurt Mikel Arteta’s team much as they keep up their early-season dominance in the Premier League, and after their 3-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby, rumblings of a title challenge are getting a little louder.
With nine games scheduled this month, both domestically and internationally, Arsenal’s deepening squad will be on display. Arteta’s team welcomes Bodo/Glimt to the Emirates having won each of their previous seven home competitive games.
The North Londoners’ failure to maintain a single clean sheet during that winning streak is a tiny blemish, as is the fact that they have lost all three of their home Europa League contests, but this time there is a different energy at the Emirates.
The weekend’s 4-1 victory over Lillestrom in the top division by Kjetil Knutsen’s team was just what the doctor prescribed before a harrowing trip to North London.
A surprising victory over the Gunners would put Knusten’s team four points ahead of the Premier League leaders at the top of Group A. Only one of Bodo/last Glimt’s 13 away games in Europe had resulted in victories, though that was against British competition in the form of Celtic.
The encounter on Thursday will be the first time Arsenal and Bodo/Glimt have faced off in any competition. The hosts are still unbeaten after six matches against Norwegian opposition, but a reorganized team will still need to be on their toes in this one.