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Nelson to start, Jesus out? Arsenal team news, predicted XI and key man vs Bodo/Glimt

7:15 PM SGT 12/10/22
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The Gunners travel to Norway on Thursday night looking to maintain their position at the top of Group A in the Europa League

After the thrilling victory against Liverpool on Sunday, Arsenal now turn their attention to the Europa League and a difficult looking trip to Bodo/Glimt on Thursday night.

The Gunners beat the Norwegian side 3-0 at Emirates Stadium last week, but they won’t end things as easy this time around as they travel north of the arctic circle to play on an artificial surface.

Bodo are exceptionally strong at home and proved that last season, when they thrashed Jose Mourinho’s Roma 6-1 in the group stages of the Europa League.

So Mikel Arteta will know his side face a difficult challenge on Thursday night as they look to make it three wins from three in European competition this season.

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    Arsenal team news

    Oleksandr Zinchenko will miss out once again with a muscle injury, just as he did against Liverpool at the weekend.

    Gabriel Jesus has also remained in England after taking some big hits in the game against Liverpool on Sunday. The Brazilian did not take part in Arsenal’s training session on Wednesday morning and has been rested ahead of Sunday's trip to Leeds. 

    Meanwhile, long-term absentees Emile Smith Rowe (groin) and Mohamed Elneny (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

    The likes of Matt Turner, Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, Sambi Lokonga and Takehiro Tomiyasu are all expected to be involved - as are Marquinhos, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira. 

    Reiss Nelson could be handed his first Arsenal start since January 2021.

    Four Under 21s trained with the first-team during their final session before flying out to Norway. Khayon Edwards, Bradley Ibrahim, Catalin Cirjan and Matt Smith were all involved and could make the travelling squad.

  • Granit Xhaka Gabriel Jesus Arsenal 2022-23

    Talking point

    Mikel Arteta has to decide whether to leave any of his star names at home, given the Gunners face a trip to Leeds on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.

    Gabriel Martinelli, Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Magalhaes have all started every game this season and are all in need of a rest.

    Arteta usually takes a strong squad with him for Europa League games so he has a number of his regular starters available to call upon from the bench if needed.

    But with such a short turnaround before the game at Elland Road on Sunday (2pm kick-off), he could leave several players in England this time around so they can be fully rested for the Leeds clash.

    But if he does do that, then he would leave himself with a weak squad for what will be a difficult game in Norway.

    Arsenal still have two tricky looking matches against PSV to come and with only the group winner getting a bye into the last 16, Arteta will not want to leave his team with little room for error during their final games of the group stages.

  • Fabio Vieira Arsenal Europa League 2022-23

    Key man

    Fabio Vieira was the star of the show when Arsenal took on Bodo/Glimt in London.

    The playmaker scored one and set up another in the 3-0 success and demonstrated once again what a quality looking player he seems to be.

    Arsenal will find things difficult in Norway, as all travelling teams do on Bodo’s artificial playing surface.

    So they need their top players to perform and Vieira is clearly the person who will make the team tick from an attacking point of view.

    So far he’s scored two goals and picked up an assist in his three starts this season. 

    Arteta will be hoping for more of the same from his summer signing from Porto on Thursday night.

  • Mikel Arteta Arsenal 2022-23

    What has Arteta said?

    When asked about how difficult it is to find a balance between resting players and still having a strong starting XI, Arteta said: “Well, have a plan obviously, and we have an understanding of what we want to do. 

    “But then this is football, and there are so many uncontrollable circumstances that will determine if we go this way, or that way - we use this player, or that player.

    “It’s something that nobody has experienced before, so we are a little blank there. So, we try to prepare, we try to understand how to especially protect the players, for their wellbeing.”

  • Arsenal predicted XI

    (4-3-3): Turner, Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Lokonga, Odegaard, Vieira, Marquinhos, Nelson, Nketiah.