Mikel Arteta’s strong start continues as Arsenal cruised past BodoGlimt in Europa League at Emirate Stadium.
Arsenal moved top of Europa League Group A as goals from Eddie Nketiah, Rob Holding and Fabio Vieira sealed a 3-0 win over Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.
Mikel Arteta’s Premier League leaders were in confident mood from the start at the Emirates Stadium and they went ahead shortly after the midway point in the first half when Eddie Nketiah stroked home.
They doubled their advantage soon after as Rob Holding headed home, and Vieira capped off a fine individual display late on.
Nketiah curled just wide and Vieira clipped the crossbar from close range inside the opening 10 minutes as Arsenal started on the front foot.
The Gunners’ pressure told in the 23rd minute when Nketiah slotted home from 10 yards after Kieran Tierney’s powerful strike had cannoned back off the post.
They added a second four minutes later – Holding heading Vieira’s teasing cross from the right into Nikita Haikin’s bottom-right corner.
Haikin denied Granit Xhaka immediately after the restart, while at the other end Matt Turner got down quickly to paw away Amahl Pellegrino’s effort.
Bodo were much improved after the interval and they came close to reducing the deficit when Ulrik Saltnes flashed just over Turner’s crossbar.
Arsenal had the final say, though, as Vieira lashing home in the 84th minute after superb work from substitute Gabriel Jesus.
12 – Eddie Nketiah has scored 12 goals across his last 15 starts for Arsenal in all competitions, netting in each of his last four starts for the Gunners in the UEFA Europa League (4 goals). Clinical.
Bodo travels to Sandefjord while Arsenal host Liverpool on Sunday ahead of the return fixture next week.