Arsenal beat Bodø/Glimt with a 0-1 away win in the matchday 4 of the Group A group stage game on Thursday night’s 2022/23 UEFA Europa League season at the Aspmyra Stadion.
In the first half, Saka’s shot from close range was deflected into the the net off his chest after it was intially blocked by the opponent’s defender to get Arsenal off to a good start. Later, the home team’s double striker Pellegrino and Espejord single-handedly entered the penalty area and shot at sight of the empty goal, however their shots all either ended up missing the target or being hastily cleared off the danger by Turner. In the second half, Pellegrino, Solbakken and Espejord’s shots also ended in misses or saves. In the end, Arsenal defeated Bodø/Glimt with a 0-1 away win. The Norwegian Eliteserien powerhouse currently ranks third in the group with 4 points; while Arsenal continue to lead with 9 points.
In the 10th minute, Martin Ødegaard cuts back a pass from the right side of the penalty area, Albert Sambi Lokonga stopped the ball, adjusted his angle and then shot with his right foot from the right side of the penalty area, but his shot slightly just missed the right post.
In the 24th minute, Saka and Sambi Lokonga played a perfect one-two, Bukayo Saka quickly followed up, received the latter’s return pass, dribbledinto the right side of the penalty area and then made a left-footed shot against Nikita Khaikin, his shot was initially was blocked by Marius Høibråten, hit Saka’s chest before being bounced off into the bottom right corner of the net. Arsenal took the lead to broken the deadlock first to get to a 0-1 fantastic start! Saka thus scored his 3rd goal in the 2nd consecutive game!
2 minutes later, Ødegaard made a horizontal pass from the center of the penalty area, Bukayo Saka quickly followed up, got the ball, took a few steps before volleying with his right foot against the outrushing Khaikin at a very close distance in front of the right side of the post, however his shot flew high out of the pitch.
In the 29th minute, Runar Espejord made a headed pass, after successfully countered the offside trap and quickly got the ball, Amahl Pellgerino then single-handedly dribbled to the outer edge of the penalty area before unleashing a shot with his right foot against the outrushing Matt Turner, however his shot missed the empty net and instead flew high out of the pitch, Bodø/Glimt missed the golden opportunity to equalize the scoreline!
10 minutes later, Bodø/Glimt made a quick counterattack. Hugo Vetlesen made an overhead pass from the front, after successfully countered the offside trap, quickly followed up and single-handedly dashed into the penalty area, Runar Espejord‘s right-footed half-volley against the outrushing Turner, was hastily held onto by the latter who fell to the ground in front of the empty net. Bodø/Glimt missed the golden opportunity to equalize the scoreline again!
At the end of the first half, Bodø/Glimt temporarily trailed Arsenal 0-1 and entered halftime.
Both teams changed sides as the game continued. In the 52nd minute, Patrick Berg made a straight pass from the center circle, Pellegrino quickly followed up, got the ball, dribbled the ball into the left side of the penalty area and then shot with his right foot, however his attempt was saved by Turner at the bottom right corner. 4 minutes later, Bodø/Glimt came again, Vetlesen made a horizontal pass from the right, Ola Solbakken quickly followed up, got the ball, dribbled and cut inside into the right side of the penalty area, then shot with his left foot, but his shot just slightly miss off the crossbar.
In the 58th minute, Vetlesen made a horizontal pass from the front, Espejord quickly followed up and then shot the ball with his right foot in the center of the penalty area, however his shot flew high out the pitch.
Since then, the two sides have not had anymore meaningful attacking attempts. As the final whistle is blown, Arsenal beat Bodø/Glimt with a 0-1 narrow away win, and the Premier League leaders maintained their record of winning every game in the Europa League this season.
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