Bodo/Glimt 0-1 Arsenal: We gained

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Within the 20+ years I’ve been doing Arseblog, Arsenal have been concerned in some low high quality video games of soccer. Final night time’s 1-0 win over Bodo/Glimt is true up there with the worst of them.

A 1-0 win away in Europe is all the time a good end result, however make no bones about it, there wasn’t a lot to get pleasure from from our efficiency and, if we’re being goal about this, the house aspect deserved one thing from it based mostly on the alternatives they’d.

The spotlight of the primary half was Bukayo Saka sparking into life, briefly, enjoying a give and go along with Albert Sambi Lokonga, and scoring what you would possibly name an unconventional objective. His try was blocked by a defender, the ball bounced up, deflected again off him and into the again of the online with the keeper stranded. We had one or two moments after that. Saka shot huge together with his left foot, and there was an opportunity for Eddie Nketiah to bother the keeper however he made poor contact on the flip,

The perfect possibilities got here on the different finish. Pellegrino went clear by on objective however his end lacked sparkle and he curled it huge with simply Matt Turner to beat. Within the second half, we continued a theme by taking a number of the most horrible pictures the sport of soccer has ever seen, whereas Bodo/Glimt did not take advantage of their alternatives.

Turner made a good save from some lad; Solbakken was allowed time and area to fireplace over from simply outdoors the field; and across the hour mark they actually ought to have been stage however Espejord contrived to place the ball over the bar from about 8 yards out. Defensively we have been a bit everywhere, and it says one thing that our stand-out participant on the night time was our goalkeeper. I feel there are all the time going to be questions on his distribution, however he learn the sport effectively, and was sensible and alert to clear potential hazard on multiple event.

Having began a reasonably robust crew, Mikel Arteta made modifications all through the second half, and the looming menace of an harm on a man-made pitch appeared like a consideration. These surfaces are far, much better than they was once, however you could possibly see the Arsenal gamers misjudged the roll of the ball when making passes greater than as soon as, and I don’t know if that is even doable, nevertheless it felt like there was an instruction to not do something which may trigger a tweak or a pressure. You hear it stated a crew didn’t get out of first gear, at occasions it regarded like we have been in impartial.

Nonetheless, it’s a win, and an vital one for the sake of the group. It means we’ll end high if we beat PSV within the subsequent sport, and after that there are two extra group stage video games when Mikel Arteta can correctly relaxation his ‘first’ crew gamers and perhaps give an opportunity or two to some Academy children.

Replace: Me fail maths? That’s unpossible. PSV may nonetheless win the group even when we beat them …

Afterwards, the supervisor stated:

“Actually pleased to win right here towards a crew that has gained the final 14 video games in European competitions in a row, so that they deserve loads credit score to do this.

“We’ve got talked about this in the previous few days that was the problem, in numerous situations, in numerous contexts, making plenty of modifications, discover a approach to win, and we’ve achieved it.

“High quality-wise, by way of dominance and the way we need to play, clearly there are plenty of issues to get higher than what we achieved immediately, nevertheless it’s one other win, transfer on, now it’s Leeds.”

And I don’t actually know what else I can add to that. It’s a win. The win is nice. The efficiency was sub-par. We seem to have come away from it with none accidents. That’s good … and now we flip our consideration to Leeds. That is the fact of the Europa League group stage. The video games, with all due respect to the competitors and the opposition, are primarily disposable. They very hardly ever get saved away within the reminiscence banks, forgotten virtually as rapidly as they occur. Get the factors, and transfer on. In order that’s precisely what I’m going to do.

We may have a podcast for you a bit later this morning, so preserve eyes peeled for that. For now, take it straightforward.

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