Arsenal produced another excellent performance to easily defeat Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League at the Emirates.
After Kieran Tierney’s powerful shot bounced against the post, striker Eddie Nketiah reacted to a poke in the first goal.
Rob Holding headed in Fabio Vieira’s cross after the Portuguese added a third goal late in the game.
The team of Mikel Arteta has won four straight games in all competitions and is in first place in both the Premier League and their Europa League division.
Despite Arteta making eight changes from the lineup that defeated rivals Tottenham in the weekend north London derby, they seemed to be a confident team in the first half.
Nketiah joined the club and was a danger the whole time. He also scored in the 2-1 win against Zurich in September.
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He scored rightfully when Tierney’s shot rebounded since he had previously curled the ball narrowly wide and set up Vieira for an attempt that hit the crossbar after only 10 minutes.
Vieira was also really outstanding, going near on many times, setting up Holding for the goal with a superb assist, and scoring on his own after a brilliant play by Gabriel Jesus.
Arsenal might have quickly increased their lead, but captain Granit Xhaka had a free-kick deflected over the crossbar, and another chance stopped by goalkeeper Nikita Haikin.
The second half saw Norwegian team Bodo/Glimt gain momentum and pose a danger, but they lacked the cutting edge to challenge Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner.
However, there were indications that Arsenal would need to perform at their peak when they traveled to Norway for a second matchup the following week. Arteta called for greater consistency.
“I’m thrilled with the victory, six points, and a spotless record. But we lacked chemistry among the players, dominance throughout the game, and consistency, he told BT Sport.
Eight modifications were present, you could tell. Nevertheless, we seemed threatening in the last third, and our goals scored were excellent.
We had to make modifications since a couple of guys had differing intensities and weren’t getting enough minutes of playing time.
Arsenal now leads Group A by two points over PSV Eindhoven after two victories in as many games, and they play each other on October 20.