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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Bukayo Saka scores again as Arsenal end Bodo/Glimt’s 14-game home winning streak (Video)

England international player, Bukayo Saka scored again as Arsenal ended BodoGlimt’s 14-game home winning streak on Thursday.

Arsenal picked up their sixth win in a row across all competitions after Bukayo Saka scored the only goal in the first half to give them a 1-0 away win over Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League.

The 21-year-old England international deflected his shot off him and into the net after a clever move put him in a good shooting position.

A combination of Matt Turner and poor finishing allowed the Gunners to hold on for all three points in the second half.

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Mikel Arteta’s men made it 11 wins from 12 in all competitions to start the season as they consolidate their position at the top of Group A.

Arsenal went in front after 24 minutes, Saka playing a lovely one-two with Albert Sambi Lokonga before getting a huge slice of luck, as his shot rebounded off a defender back onto the winger’s chest before bouncing in with the goalkeeper completely wrong-footed.

Bodo had a fantastic opportunity to level soon after as Runar Espejord’s flick-on put Amahl Pellegrino through on goal, only for the forward to fire horribly wide.

Pellegrino had another big opportunity after the break, but his sidefooted shot was comfortably saved by Turner, before Ola Solbakken smashed just over the crossbar.

Espejord then should have scored when the ball fell to him in the box, but blazed his effort over as Bodo continued to threaten.

The hosts were persistent in their search for an equaliser, but Arsenal saw the game out to record another important victory.

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager: “I’m really happy to win here against a team that has won 14 games in a row [at home in Europe]. We have come here as 15 and won it. We talked about this in the last few days and have done it.”

Arteta on Arsenal’s second-half display: “Second half, there are a lot of things to improve; we know that. But they deserve credit for how they tried.”

Runar Espejord, Bodø/Glimt forward, speaking to Viaplay: “We played an OK game but we struggled to get the ball under the crossbar. All in all, we certainly deserved more today.”

Kjetil Knutsen, Bodø/Glimt coach, speaking to Viaplay: “The feeling is that I am incredibly proud of the football match we played. There are many ways to play an even match against a top team, and I think we did it by being ourselves. We were a little unlucky today, but football is not always fair.”

What’s next?

Both teams return to domestic action on Sunday, with Arsenal travelling to Elland Road to play Leeds United while Bodo will face Valerenga away from home.

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