Bodo/Glimt preview + Tactical Tierney and Tomiyasu

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Arsenal are in Norway this night for European motion towards Bodo/Glimt. We’re a good distance north, and winter is coming, however hopefully we’ll be all proper.

When it comes to staff information, Gabriel Jesus has stayed behind, which might be smart, all issues thought-about. He’s performed loads, had a troublesome recreation towards Liverpool final weekend, and retaining him contemporary for his hat-trick towards Leeds on Sunday makes all types of sense.

I count on a really related stage of rotation from the primary recreation on the Emirates final week with the likes of Matt Turner, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney, Fabio Vieira, Eddie Nketiah and others beginning. There are nonetheless some gaps although, and I’m to see if we shuffle the pack just a little bit in that regard. Gabriel and Granit Xhaka began final week, they may be wanted once more tonight however they’ll even be wanted for the weekend.

Requested for health updates, Mikel Arteta mentioned:

Just a few gamers that had been injured. You’ll discover out tomorrow, I can not offer you the whole lot.

Which is par for the course now for this supervisor, he provides little away. Even when speaking about the truth that we’ll be taking part in on a man-made pitch this night, he principally mentioned ‘Sure, we’ll be taking part in on that pitch’:

All people is conscious that there are a number of various things which are totally different, the pace is totally different, the best way you employ the grass is totally different, we’ve got to adapt to it. We all know that, we’re right here to win the sport and tomorrow night time, for positive, we’re going to play on a man-made pitch.

A win tonight would go some option to serving to us prime the group, and thus keep away from one other spherical of fixtures, so it’s an vital recreation, even when it does really feel a bit underwhelming after going through a giant staff like Liverpool, and in addition Sp*rs. However that is half and parcel of the season we’ve got in entrance of us. As I wrote yesterday, recreation by recreation applies right here too. The circumstances and the context are a bit totally different, however the Europa League is a trophy we needs to be aiming for this season, and also you’ve bought to put the groundwork for that with fixtures like these.

For many who haven’t been paying full consideration, kick off this night is early: 5.45pm (on this a part of the world).

We’ll have the same old dwell weblog, post-game protection on Arseblog Information so be a part of us for that.

There was an attention-grabbing query within the presser about how Kieran Tierney reacted to the choice to begin Takehiro Tomiyasu at left again towards Liverpool. Arteta mentioned:

Like every other participant. We all know that we decided based mostly on the most effective preparation to win the match and Kieran accepted that like every other participant.

It comes after an interview during which the Scottish worldwide admitted his begin to the season had been a bit tough:

“It’s been robust. I missed pre-season getting back from an harm, and the primary recreation I performed in was the Palace one – that was the primary week of coaching that I had.

“I’ve simply been making an attempt to get minutes right here and there so it’s been a troublesome begin, however whether or not I’m first, second or third-choice, I’m simply going to maintain working laborious and see the place it takes me.”

There’s at all times dialogue once you see a choice just like the one on Sunday. One which, I ought to level out, was spot on from the supervisor when you think about how properly Tomi shackled Mo Salah – to the purpose the place one of many Premier League’s finest gamers was hauled off with 20 minutes to go.

I do surprise if we simply must re-calibrate our considering just a little bit although. Inevitably there ‘What does this imply for Tierney?’ debates on-line, however for me it says extra concerning the depth of our squad this season than it does about him. The power to implement and deploy gamers in a tactical style, even when it’s not their pure place, is more and more vital in soccer today. Simply because you’ve got two left-backs doesn’t imply both of them are at all times going to be the correct selection for a specific opposition, and that’s what we noticed on Sunday.

It wasn’t about relegating Kieran Tierney, it was about successful the sport. And guess what? We gained the sport. The supervisor’s resolution was totally justified, and I don’t suppose it’ll be the final time this season we see him do one thing like this.

Okay, that’s it for now. Have a very good day, and I’ll catch you later for the sport.

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