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14th October 2022

ARSENAL overcame a tricky Europa League test to beat Bodo/Glimt 1-0 in Norway.

Bukayo Saka bundled the ball in for the match-winner, and gave a candid description of the goal.

Saka said: "I think it came off my lips! It’s a nice one!" 

Meanwhile, the Gunners will open contract talks with star man Granit Xhaka following the World Cup, according to reports.

And Marseille loanee Nuno Tavares has hinted that he will quit parent club Arsenal to permanently join the French giants next summer.

Tavares, 22, has been enjoying a good loan spell in France and he said: "I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position.

"When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused."

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  • Sam Dymond

    Happy Saka earns three points

    Bukayo Saka was Arsenal's unwitting matchwinner in Norway, and admitted afterwards that he and his teammates had to be pleased with the win despite an unspectacular performance.

    “It was very difficult and we knew that it would be before," revealed the England international.

    "There’s no way that they can win their last 14 games in Europe, and then we’ll come here and expect it to be easy so we just have to be happy with the three points, and can now focus on Sunday.”

    And Saka was just as candid when describing his fortuitous first half goal.

    "I think it came off my lips! It’s a nice one!" he said sheepishly.

  • Sam Dymond

    1-0 to the Arsenal

    It lacked the thrill and flourish of other Arsenal performances this season, but Mikel Arteta's team have once again got the job done.

    They only needed one shot on target – if you can even call Bukayo Saka's winner that – to earn themselves three points in Norway that leave them on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stage.

  • Sam Dymond

    Gunners go to the Middle East

    Arsenal will spend time in Dubai this December after arranging a warm-weather training camp for their players.

    The move is primarily for those in the squad not heading to the World Cup, but is also seen as being near enough to Qatar for the other stars to join them once their respective campaigns are over.

    And according to the Mirror, the Gunners have already arranged one friendly while in the UAE.

    It is thought that AC Milan will arrive to take on both the Premier League leaders and Liverpool, who are understood to have organised a similar initiative.

  • Sam Dymond

    Bodo blow! Gunners in charge

    It's been a steady if unspectacular first half display from Mikel Arteta's young Gunners in Norway.

    It's a game that has been short on attacking endeavour with just the one attempt on target, courtesy of Bukayo Saka's chest.

  • Sam Dymond

    Saka chest in the business

    Bukayo Saka has proven his worth to Arsenal once again by breaking the deadlock in Norway – with one of the worst goals you're likely to see.

    The forward's shot ricocheted back off a defender, hit the England man on the chest, then chin, before looping slowly over the line.

    You can follow the Gunners in Europa League action with our live blog.

  • Sam Dymond

    New deal for rejuvenated Xhaka

    Granit Xhaka has resurrected his Arsenal career around in recent months, and could yet complete a miraculous transformation by signing a lucrative new contract.

    The midfielder's time at the Emirates looked up when he fell out with furious fans after shunning the captain's armband back in February.

    A summer move to Jose Mourinho's Roma was even on the cards until a last minute change of heart.

    But now the Swiss international is prospering at the heart of the league leader's midfield, acting as the perfect example for the squad's younger players.

    According to journalist Pete O'Rourke, the Gunners will reward Xhaka by beginning talks over a new deal following the player's involvement at the World Cup.

  • Sam Dymond

    Arteta has no pitch concerns

    Arsenal are half an hour away from kicking-off their latest Europa League adventure – and will do so on Bodo/Glimt's artificial pitch.

    But Mikel Arteta has no concerns about taking on the Norwegian's in unusual conditions, and says the surface has not affected his pre-match preparations.

    "What we think about is how we are going to win the game," replied the Gunners boss when asked if he had given much consideration to the artificial pitch.

    "That’s it. How we win every three days, in different conditions, in different contexts, in different weather, in different competitions, and that’s the only way we are approaching it."

  • Sam Dymond

    Nelson and Nketiah start for Gunners

    Mikel Arteta has named a young side for this teatime's Europa League encounter in Norway with Bodo/Glimt.

    It includes seven changes from the side that started spectacularly against Liverpool on Sunday.

    Among the incomers are Reiss Nelson, rumoured to be in new contract talks, and Eddie Nketiah, who has made a substitute appearance in all nine Premier League matches this term.

  • Sam Dymond

    Arteta salutes 'phenomenal' dressing room

    Smells like team spirit.

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised the atmosphere among his squad as they prepare for four days in which they will hope to cement their place at the top of both the Premier League and their Europa League group.

    And when asked about the mood in the camp, the Spaniard simply replied: “Phenomenal."

    "I have never been in a better dressing room," he continued.

    "[It's] more enjoyable, more hardworking, [there are] better relationships with the staff to players and it’s an absolute pleasure as a coach to be part of this group."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Leeds vs Arsenal TV info

    Arsenal travel to Leeds this weekend looking to keep top spot in the league.

    But is the game on TV?

    And can it also be live-streamed?

    LEEDS VS ARSENAL TV INFO HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    More to come from Martin

    Martin Odegaard reckons Arsenal are yet to see the best of him – despite playing better than ever.

    He said: “I think I’m playing the best football of my career at the moment. I think I’ve developed a lot over the last few years.

    “I’ve always been good on the ball but I feel I’m developing different sides of my game now without the ball as well. It’s easier when the team is doing well and I am really happy to be a part of this side and the project.

    “We all understand what Mikel wants from us even more, we work hard every day to improve, everyone understands the system and of course we’ve brought some new players in who have brought a lot of quality.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arteta fires back at Auba

    Mikel Arteta has had his say after footage emerged of him being criticised by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The ex-Arsenal captain said: "Big characters and big players…he (Arteta) can't deal with it. He needs some young players who don't say anything. They listen."

    Arteta has now responded: "People are free to discuss what they want. I have never been in a better dressing room (than this season).

    “More enjoyable, more hard-working, a better relationship between staff and players, and it is an absolute pleasure as a coach to be a part of this group."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Prem League's top bosses revealed

    Mikel Arteta has moved into the Premier League's all-time top ten bosses in terms of points per game.

    But he is still some way off Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson, who lead the impressive list.

    There are FOUR ex-Chelsea managers in the table.

    And Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is third.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Pitch perfect for Norwegian Odegaard

    Martin Odegaard has no issues playing on artificial turf when he returns to Norway this evening.

    He said: “The biggest mistake we can make is to talk too much about the pitch, the weather or whatever.

    “All that matters for us is just to come here and win the game. We’re not going to focus too much on the pitch. 

    “Obviously it’s a bit different and we have to adjust a little bit, but it’s still football, still the same rules.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Mikel explains Gabriel Jesus absence.

    Mikel Arteta has lifted the lid on his decision to leave Gabriel Jesus out of tonight’s game at Bodo/Glimt.

    He said: “Gabby is a player that gets involved in a lot of physical contact. It’s the way he plays. It’s in his nature.

    “With everything he has been through in the last few weeks we thought that it was best that he stayed at home.

    “We have done what we have to do to try to protect the players as much as we can, but at the end of the day a player can get injured on an artificial pitch or in a training session back home.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Blues keep eye on Gabby

    Chelsea are watching Gabriel Martinelli's contract extension talks with interest, according to reports.

    The Brazilian, 21, is on red hot form and discussing a new long-term deal with Arsenal.

    And BILD claim that bosses at Stamford Bridge are interested in the youngster and will be keeping a close eye to see if anything materialises.

    Martinelli reportedly wants his Arsenal wages TREBLED to £200,000-a-week in order to sign a new deal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Shirt thrift in Europa tonight

    Bodo/Glimt have banned their fans from wearing Arsenal shirts in the home end when the Norwegians face national skipper Martin Odegaard in the Europa League on Thursday.

    The minnows are also urging home supporters not to wear Gunners' colours anywhere else in the stadium – except for half-and-half scarves.

    The Premier League leaders have a large backing in Norway, including an official supporters club.

    And Odegaard could also get a start on his return to his homeland.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Arteta backs stars after Liverpool

    Mikel Arteta has given his total backing to his Arsenal players at the heart of the FA investigation into Sunday’s stormy Emirates clash with Liverpool.

    He said: “Yes, 100 per cent.

    “The FA is in charge of that situation and we will have to wait and see what happens.I don’t know how long it will take. It’s difficult to predict the timing of these things.

    “It’s something I don’t want to touch. It’s in the FA’s hands and I’m not going to get involved in that.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Moyes tips Arsenal title push

    West Ham boss David Moyes reckons Arsenal can challenge for the title – thanks to Martin Odegaard.

    He said: "It doesn’t surprise me. I used to listen to pundits criticising Arsenal but they have been a really good team for a while and nobody was giving them the respect.

    "They brought in Odegaard and he’s made a real difference in the position he plays for them and makes it really difficult for opponents.

    “Arteta isn’t half putting together a good side. Sometimes you need to have good fortune to have good young players at your club when you arrive in. And I think Arsenal have good young players in their system."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Tavares hints at Gunners exit

    Nuno Tavares admits he is ready to quit Arsenal for Marseille on a permanent deal.

    He said: "I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position.

    "When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but Arsenal didn’t.

    "Now I’m at OM, and with or without an option, I’m happy. At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the cup.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Saka setting new Arsenal standards

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has become the second youngest player to ever score 20 Premier League goals for the club.

    Saka was on target on Sunday against Liverpool at the Emirates as he scored a brace and reached that major milestone at the age of 21 years and 34 days.

    Only one player has ever been able to net as many times at a younger age for the North Londoners, according to Opta.

    And that is Nicolas Anelka who registered 20 Premier League goals by the time he was 20 years and 41 days old.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Gunners plan winter Dubai trip

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta plans on keeping his stars in tip-top condition while the World Cup is on – by jetting to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp.

    The Standard claims Arsenal’s impressive boss has drawn up plans to whisk his stars to the Middle East in December.

    Arteta is hoping a warm-weather training camp boosts morale even further while also keeping key players fit and hungry.

    Arsenal also plan on playing at least one friendly while in Dubai, as several other Premier League teams are heading there during the World Cup break.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Predicted Arsenal XI vs Bodo/Glimt

    Mikel Arteta could make as many as NINE changes for tonight's Europa League clash against Bodo/Glimt.

    Gabriel Jesus is set to sit this one out after missing training yesterday.

    And that means Eddie Nketiah is likely to lead the line in Norway, with the likes of Fabio Vieira and Kieran Tierney also returning.

    Is this how the Gunners will look against their Norwegian opponents?

  • Kostas Lianos

    Morning, Arsenal fans

    Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus sat out training – as Chelsea were linked with a shock move for Gabriel Martinelli.

    Jesus picked up a knock in Sunday's 3-2 defeat of Liverpool but was expected to be rested anyway for tonight's Europa League visit to Bodo/Glimt.

    Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta is tipped to make up to nine changes to keep his Prem table-toppers fresh for the trip to Leeds on Sunday.

    In-form wideman Martinelli could start as one of three attack-minded players operating just behind Jesus' probable replacement up front, Eddie Nketiah.

    But it's claimed Chelsea are monitoring the 21-year-old, whose contract runs out in 2024.

    The Blues would face a huge battle to land a starlet linking up so well with fellow Brazilian Jesus.

    Martinelli has insisted he wants to stay at the Emirates for the long haul.

    But how much he is offered in his next deal might be a factor.

    Marseille loanee Nuno Tavares admits he wanted an option to buy included in his summer exit from the Emirates.

    And the Portugal Under-21 left-back has hinted he hopes to stay – after notching three goals in nine Ligue 1 games.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Silvestre backs Gunners to stay in title race

    Ex-Manchester United and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre believes the table-topping Gunners can stay in the title race thanks to their “incredible” attackers – if they get some “some luck”.

    Mikel Arteta’s confident side leapfrogged back over champions Manchester City with Sunday’s 3-2 defeat of Liverpool.

    And Silvestre told Bettingexpert: “They will need some luck to go through the season without major issues and losing players through injury.”

    “If that’s the case, they could be in the title race for a long, long time. Until the end.

    “And that is due the incredible striking force with Jesus, Martinelli, Saka, Odegaard, plus the midfield going forward sometimes, Xhaka.”

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