Thursday, December 7, 2023

Odegaard, Saka, Saliba start: Bodo/Glimt v Arsenal team news

Arsenal are in Norway this evening to take on Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League.

Here are the official line-ups.

Bodo/Glimt: Haikin, Sampsted, Lode, Holbraten, Wembangomo, Veltesen, Berg, Saltnes, Solbakken, Espejord, Pellegrino

Subs: Lund, Sery, Amundsen, Gronbaek, Konradsen, Moe, Hagen, Sorli, Zugelj, Mugisha, Salvesen

Arsenal: Turner, White, Saliba, Holding, Tierney, Sambi, Odegaard, Nelson, Saka, Vieira, Nketiah

Subs: Ramsdale, Hein, Partey, Gabriel, Martinelli, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Marquinhos, Xhaka, Edwards, Smith, Ibrahim

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Strong team, good mix

Teryima Adi


Man Manny

A bit worried for Saka though. We need all our top guns fit and firing for the EPL. The next 3 games present an opportunity to really lay a marker for other top 4 contenders.
Marquinhos should have started for me. That astro turf!


I think thevpkan is to hit them with some goals as quickly as possible and then Saka gets subbed to rest him. Hope it works. I trust the boys


the plan*


If we were playing CL he’d probably be playing twice a week.

Glory Hunter

Very strong team, Teta’s Giving Bodo Glimt all the respect they deserve after the game last week.

Chipper 49

My thoughts exactly. Hopefully we can quickly get the game secure and get people like Saka etc back off.


Nice team that, excited to see what Nelson can do with a start. I’d have definitely given White the game off, but I guess he didn’t play in the international break.

Interesting that it looks as though Odegaard will be playing cm alongside Sambi- at least supporting to a degree.


Interesting that its Saka over Marquinhos for this one – maybe its going to be Saka on the left to accommodate Nelson on the right?


Yeah, Nelson and Marquinhos together would be too inexperienced. Good to have Saka there, since Martinelli definitely needs a break.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

More likely is Odegaard playing his usual position, with Vieira taking Xhaka’s spot.


Odegaard came on in Xhaka’s role in the home game


C’mon Reiss – show that desire and talent. His potential is undeniable, and I hope we get to realize some of it before he heads for someplace new.

Anxious to see how he contributes. COYG!


The key to the Eu-ropey League is like rotisserie chicken: rotation, rotation, rotation.


Looks like he has rotated the regular first 11 players. Saliba, Odegaard and Saka did not start last Thursday. Gabriel, Xhaka and Martinelli who did start, are not starting today. Hopefully a good balance.

Mayor McCheese

Mmmmm…basted in its own fatty drippings. Yes, please!


Great to see Nelson getting a start come on you Gunners

So in defence it’s Tierney holding white willy.


Holding’s the bowler the batsman’s Willey


I think the line was “the bowler’s Holding the batsman’s Willy


The bowler’s Holding, the batsman’s Willey.


Lilley c Willey b Dilley.


Lilley Lillee

Boy Bastin

Enough already.


It’s taken a Turner for the worst.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Tierney Turner at the back is Simply the Best.


Well, they better play it safe cos We Don’t Need Another Hero.


Ike can agree with you.


We need to recall Auston Trusty


Yeah but can we rely on him?




Who’s Ibrahim?


Bradley Ibrahim
An energetic box-to-box midfielder with an eye for goal, Bradley enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last season and became a regular at under-18 level, playing 24 times in the Academy league and scoring three times.

The tireless holding midfielder also made the step up to the under-23 side, playing three times in Premier League 2, and his good form earned him international recognition in the form of a call-up to the England under-18 side.

Bradley joined us from QPR aged 12, and signed his first professional contract with us in March 2022.
From Arsenal website


Arteta should have given Tomi a start: he needs the games. But a nice strong side.

2-0 to the Arsenal this evening

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Just back from injury isn’t he. Played last Thursday and last Sunday, so 3 games in 8 days probably not wise.

I’ll go one better and say 3-0 to the Arsenal.


He came on as a sub against the Pool. And he probably won’t play at the weekend. So today was a nice opportunity for some more match practice. Plus BW needs a rest.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Tomiyasu played the full 90 against Liverpool – did you even watch the game? Salah couldn’t cope and got subbed off.


Sorry! I forgot!!!

Nainsley Aitland Miles

I wasn’t sure if you were confusing Tomi with Tierney!

Man Manny

Where is Ethan Nwaneri?


Doing his homework.


He’s got exams tomorrow….


After school club and looking forward to half term

Nainsley Aitland Miles

He’s 15 years old, don’t expect to see him in the matchday squad on a regular basis, even only a handful of times again this season.


He is a kid, perhaps his parents did not sign the travel permit in time


Figured that Odegaard would start given that he is becoming a legend in Norway. The inclusion of Saka and Saliba surprises me. Maybe the hope is that we can score early and often and they can be subbed off at half time.

Salahs hemaroid

xhaka gets a well deserved rest excited to see odegard and veira together


Yeah me too. Things could get very technical.


Strange that Cedric isn’t playing as he was in the squad last week too so presumably he’s fit enough to play. Arteta must really be cold on him if he doesn’t trust him against this lot given the schedule were managing…


I mean, to be fair, aren’t we all? We’d all rather see him not playing if possible, this is actually really important match. White plays instead of Cedric, Tomi gets a rest, so that might also well mean that Tomi starts at RB on Sunday. So Tomi starts the next two matches, White gets a rest, and then the circle repeats. No problems here.


I think he is doing his coaching badge from the bench. 😉

Boy Bastin

It’s a strong team we’re putting out. I don’t think we should underestimate our opponents tonight though. Apparently, they are one game away from matching Barcelona’s record (15) of the most consecutive home victories in European competition. I think we’ll probably get the win, but we’ll need to be careful.

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