LONDON/OSLO (VG) (Arsenal-Bodeau/Glimt 3-0) Arsenal have given Bodeau/Glimt a tough run in London, but manager Mikel Arteta believes Ketel Knutzen’s men deserve credit.
Just look at what the team has done under him with the resources they have. The way they play and how brave they are here today. They tried to play their own game. They’re well organized and I love them, Arteta replied at the press conference afterward, when VG asked him what he thought of the job Knutsen did in the yellow shirts.
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Knutsen has been linked to several managerial vacancies in the Premier League, among other places, and if Arteta is to be believed, his interest will not wane. Towards the end of the press conference, he repeated his admiration for his opponent and fellow coach.
They are brave and clear about the way they want to do it. They came here and tried to play just like they did away from home and on home soil against all the opponents. Their manager should take credit for that – that they have that confidence in the team. “It’s a very, very good team,” Arteta said.
However, Knutsen was not satisfied with that Glimt was delivered at the Emirates Stadium in London.
– Not at first. We got away really well in the first quarter, but maybe we were too busy and forgot the last 30 minutes. It’s nice to hear (arteta’s praise), but for me, we must dare to play. If you do not dare to play at this level, you will not have to appear even once.
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He was particularly unhappy in the first 45 minutes, and then things went smoothly for the away team. Eddie Nketiah and Rob Holding scored in the 23rd and 27th minutes respectively, while Fabio Vieira sealed the final score in the 85th minute after Bodo/Glimt suspended better and created some big chances after the break.
– We just have to thank Arsenal and the quality they have, feel it and take it with us in everyday life, said Knutsen, who said the following about why some players suffer additionally:
There are some players who are not at the level we want because they are injured or because of other things. Then they can’t work with other players either. It’s very complicated, but I have great confidence that we can develop this team to perform at a higher level at European level.
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Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard, who started on the bench and was substituted in the last half hour, believes Bodou/Glimt made a good game.
– She dares to be herself and dares to try to play, but we obviously have a higher level inside. Many men liked it. It’s great that they come to play their game here. embarrassed.
They dare to do their thing and play from behind. Odegaard told VG that he was a little too bold at times by the goalkeeper.
He will visit Sandfjord Glimt in Ellisseren next Sunday, and in a week there will be a rematch in Aspmera against Arsenal.
We’ll see how he can be much better in the last three matches in the group. We have two of them against the two supposedly best teams in Aspmyra, and the difference for us is playing in Aspmyra more than here,” Knutsen said.
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