Arsenal must overcome one of the surprise packages of European football in 2021/22 if they are to make it two wins out of two in Europa League Group A.
Bodo/Glimt caused arguably the shock result of last season when they thrashed eventual champions Roma 6-1 at home in the Europa Conference League group stage to hand Jose Mourinho the heaviest defeat of his managerial career – and they proved it was no fluke by beating the Italian giants again in the quarterfinals before being knocked out in the second leg.
Only a defeat at Dinamo Zagreb denied Bodo/Glimt a place in the Champions League at the last qualifying hurdle this season, the Norwegian champions having won the first leg of their playoff.
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UK: BT Sport carries exclusive coverage of the Europa League and the match will be televised on BT Sport 2.
USA: The match will be televised on UniMas and TUDN and both those channels are streamed on fuboTV. Paramount+ will carry the English-language stream for subscribers.
Canada: Every Europa League game streams live on DAZN.
Australia: Every Europa League game streams live on Stan Sport.
Defender Cedric Soares could miss out with a knock picked up during a training session before Arsenal’s 3-1 Premier League home win against Tottenham on Saturday, while midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Reiss Nelson are both out with thigh problems.
Midfielder Emile Smith Rowe had surgery on a groin issue last week and will not return until December.
Arsenal predicted lineup (4-3-3): Turner (GK) — Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney — Vieira, Sambi Lokonga — Marquinhos, Xhaka, Martinelli — Nketiah
Sondre Fet is out for Bodo/Glimt with a knee injury suffered by the midfielder in May.
Forward Ola Solbakken, who was capped by Norway last year, missed the 4-1 win at Lillestrom on Saturday with a shoulder issue, and midfielder Gaute Vetti was also absent through injury.
Bodo/Glimt predicted lineup (4-3-2-1): Haikin (GK) – Sampsted, Moe, Hoibraten, Wembangomo – Vetlesen, Berg, Saltnes – Mvuka, Pellegrino – Espejord
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Bodo/Glimt have not been behind in either of their two Europa League games this season, drawing 1-1 at PSV and beating Zurich at home.
They are hefty underdogs to continue that unbeaten run against what is likely to be a largely second-string starting Arsenal side, and their recent form in the Norwegian Eliteserien is patchy.
Successive defeats at the start of September mean Kjetil Knutsen’s team have lost twice more in their 24 games so far than they did across their entire 30 league matches last season.