Martin Odegaard believes FK Bodo/Glimt are a really strong team at the moment, with a top coach and an established system.

Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard celebrates after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard celebrates after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

In a break from the Premier League action, Arsenal finally return to the Europa League for their first game since the opening fixture in Zurich a month ago.

This time they’ll be taking on FK Bodo/Glimt, who are the current group leaders having drawn away to PSV Eindhoven and beaten FC Zurich at home.

Though they might not be a household name, Bodo/Glimt certainly caught the eye when they thrashed AS Roma 6-1 in the group stage last season, and they ended up making it all the way to the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League.

Martin Odegaard is well aware of the Norwegian side, and he gave his assessment of their progress ahead of Thursday night.

“Over the past few years they have been really strong,” Odegaard said.

“They’ve made some great signings and they have an excellent coach too in Kjetil Knutsen.

“They have given him the time to work there and they have a very solid team now.

“The way they play the game, everyone knows the system and it has been working really well for them.”

Martin Odegaard wearing the captain's armband for Arsenal (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Martin Odegaard wearing the captain’s armband for Arsenal (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

There’s no doubt that Bodo/Glimt have a lot more confidence in their style of play than many who visit the Emirates Stadium.

The Eliteserien team currently lead the Europa League for pass accuracy, so they’re not the kind of side to sit back and hit long balls, even in the face of strong European opponents.

Arsenal will likely rotate heavily for the clash, so their B-team will have to be up to the task of outplaying the visitors. It’s not a win they’ll be handed on a plate.

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