Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said it was “no coincidence” that it was his in-form side that ended Bodo/Glimt’s run of 14 straight European home wins.
The Gunners left the Arctic Circle with a hard-fought 1-0 Europa League win as Bukayo Saka scored the only goal of the night in lucky circumstances.
The win, Arsenal’s 11th in 12 games in all competitions this season, puts them on the verge of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
Arteta made seven changes for the Norway game but believes they took Bodo’s threat seriously given their record of beating Celtic and Dynamo Zagreb and beating Jose Mourinho’s Roma 6-1 last year.
“I’m really happy to win against a team who have won their last 14 games here at home,” he told BT Sport.
“It’s no coincidence. We expected a really tough night here and we made a lot of changes again but I’m happy to have found a way to win. Doing that under all circumstances is a real plus for me and the team.
“They are really fast and the turnovers and turnovers that you don’t normally expect.
“The ball bounced and it was off your feet and you pass it away and the game gets so fast. I’m happy, but at the same time we have to improve a lot.
“There were moments when we had to suffer and lost too many duels in the middle of the park, but the effort and the hunger for victory of the boys is there and you can tell.”
Saka was arguably the most surprising addition to a strong eleven but it was the England winger who broke the deadlock.
It was one of the luckiest goals of his career. His first shot hit defender Marius Hoibraten, who ricocheted off Saka’s chest and into the next’s back.
After also scoring a brace in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Liverpool, Saka is finding form ahead of the World Cup.
The 21-year-old has shone under Arteta’s tutelage but the Spaniard still wants to see more.
“He can get a lot better,” added Arteta.
“He had moments in the game where he was really good and then moments where he can improve and ask more of himself, especially defensively.
“There were moments when we allowed their left-back to push the game and break our press too easily. There are many things to improve.”
Bodo missed some good chances himself to get something out of the game, leaving coach Kjetil Knutsen happy with his performance.
“The feeling is that I’m incredibly proud of the football game that we played,” he told Viaplay.
“There are many ways to have an even game against a top team and I think we managed it by being ourselves. We were a bit unlucky today, but football isn’t always fair.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-bukayo-saka-mikel-arteta-europa-league-arctic-circle-b2202478.html Mikel Arteta praises the in-form arsenal for ending Bodo/Glimt’s winning streak