Arsenal weather Bodo/Glimt storm to take charge of Europa League group after Bukayo Saka goal

Arsenal’s good start to the season continued as Bukayo Saka scored the only goal of the game, defeating Bodo/Glimt and placing the Gunners at the top of their Europa League group.

Premier League leaders Mikel Arteta have recorded 11 of 12 wins in all competitions with a 1-0 win in Norway.

The Spaniard opted for a strong line-up, naming seven full internationals with prospects of winning the group to avoid the round of 32 that leads to the likes of Saka, William Saliba and Ben White starting the game.

Bodo had won their last 14 home games in European competition and Jose Mourinho’s Roma were defeated 6-1 at the 8,300 capacity Aspmyra Stadium last year.

But inside the Arctic Circle and in the driving rain, Arsenal put on a professional display to maintain their successful start in Group A.

Saka was arguably the most surprising addition to the eleven but it was the England winger who broke the deadlock after a clean double with Albert Sambi Lokonga.

It was one of the luckiest goals of his career. His first shot hit defender Marius Hoibraten, who bounced off Saka’s chest and into the back net.

The hosts had already lost captain Ulrik Saltnes to injury before Saka’s opener and then saw Amahl Pellegrino miss a good chance to equalise.

The forward charged at Matt Turner’s goal, snagging a ball over the top but was only able to twist his shot up and wide.

Saka celebrates a third goal in his last two games

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Pellegrino had another chance early in the second half, this time forcing Turner to make a low save while Ola Solbakken fired just moments later.

With the hosts now in charge, Runar Espejord was the next Bodo player to miss a good opportunity, leading to Arteta responding with a double substitution when Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli came on.

These changes allowed Arsenal to regain control of the competition and the rest of the game was played out with minimal fuss as the Gunners add a further three points to their Europa League tally ahead of next Thursday’s rearranged clash with PSV Eindhoven.

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