Mikel Arteta was content with a comfortable win and a clean sheet as he gave his fringe players a much-needed run in the Europa League.
Eddie Nketiah, Rob Holding and Fabio Vieira fired up a much-changed arsenal in a routine 3-0 win over Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt.
Nketiah, who has yet to start in the Premier League this season, scored his second goal in two European games.
Then defender Holding, who has been on the pitch for just two minutes in the league this season, headed a second before Vieira tapped in a late third to secure two-of-two wins in Group A.
It was Arsenal’s ninth win in ten games in all competitions this season, although the performance wasn’t exactly nine out of ten.
“What I give them is that every game is difficult to win. We’ve made a lot of changes and given chances to players who deserved to play,” Gunners boss Arteta said.
“I’m very happy with the result, three goals and one goal conceded – but I’m very aware that we can do a lot better.
“We had times where we were too rushed and didn’t make the ball and it became an open game. We were very effective in the last third, but lacked composure.”
Nketiah had already narrowly missed an early shot before scoring the goal in the 23rd minute.
Gabriel Martinelli did well to keep the ball in a crowded midfield before finally smuggling it to Kieran Tierney.
The full-back launched a first shot that rattled at the far post and fell on Nketiah to sweep into an unguarded net.
“Eddie’s pace of work, attitude and dedication is phenomenal and he has a natural talent,” added Arteta.
“I’m very happy to have him in the team, he has the quality to play as a starter and as a finisher. He could have scored a few more goals, so you have to see what you could have done better.”
The save doubled Arsenal’s lead four minutes later with a header at the far post following a Vieira cross.
The Gunners got a little sloppy after the break and backup goalkeeper Matt Turner had to make a reflex save against Amahl Pellegrino to prevent Glimt from making a game out of it.
Instead, substitute Gabriel Jesus fed Vieira for the 84th-minute goal that his performance deserved to set Premier League leaders Arsenal well for Liverpool’s visit on Sunday.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/mikel-arteta-fabio-vieira-rob-holding-norwegian-holding-b2197433.html Arsenal: A good night’s work for Mikel Arteta’s heavily changed Gunners in the Europa League