Bodø/Glimt’s head coach believes he has worked out how to handle Arsenal, adding if his side play like Tottenham or FC Zurich, they won’t stand a chance.
Arsenal play Bodø/Glimt on Thursday evening in the Europa League and, ahead of the match, their head coach has been speaking to the media.
“I started watching Arsenal against Zurich to analyse Zurich, but my concentration and my gaze went towards Arsenal because I was thinking, “What the hell are they actually doing?!” Kjetil Knutsen said.
“There are a lot of rotations, so you have to pick them apart and see where are the players who are fairly stable in their role and where are the players who rotate a lot.
“It’s just extremely high-level, high intensity football with extremely high-level individual qualities.
“But when you get to see it over time, it’s not very complicated.
“They have a number of rotations with the left-back and central midfielder, who has a lot of freedom, but it’s a lot less on their right side.
“But the way we defend, it doesn’t matter too much where players run because we are very zone-orientated in the way we defend.
“If we played a man-to-man system we would have a huge challenge to face, but we are at the other end of the scale so that’s probably the least of my worries.’
Knutsen added: “They attack with a lot of people, they’re patient and then suddenly they have that burst in the final third.
“But they will also leave space in behind them which we will have to exploit. We need to be aggressive in the low block, high intensity in the high press, and we will have to control the ball.
“Tottenham only defended, Zurich only defended – if you do that you won’t stand a chance against them.”
Bodø/Glimt currently top Group A, having played a game more. Arsenal’s game against PSV Eindhoven was, of course, postponed due to the death of the Queen which was announced at halftime of their game against FC Zurich.
Bodø/Glimt have four points from their 1-1 draw at PSV before they beat FC Zurich 2-1 in their home match.
Arsenal have never played Bodø/Glimt and have only played against three Norwegian sides in their history.
They’ve played twice against Molde, Strømsgodset, and Rosenborg, winning five of those game and drawing one (against Rosenborg) all with a combined positive goal difference of 16.