Mikel Arteta has been warned that Jurgen Klopp may have watched his Arsenal side’s Europa League match against Bodo/Glimt on Thursday night constructing his tactics for this weekend. The Gunners were worthy winners, beating their Norwegian opponents 3-0.
Eddie Nketiah spoke within the run-up to the European tie about how he’s frustrated by his lack of minutes, and the striker proved why with a neat finish to open the scoring within the twenty second minute. Rob Holding then nodded home a second just five minutes later because the Gunners dictated the tie.
Bodo/Glimt did appear to get a foothold within the match within the second half but did not capitalise, with Fabio Vieira rounding off a wonderful performance in midfield with a goal within the 84th minute following a mazy run by Gabriel Jesus.
Speaking after the sport, Gunners hero Martin Keown spoke of how Liverpool may have kept a watch on how Arsenal fared on the night ahead of their ‘very different’ match this weekend. He told BT Sport: “The extent of the opponent and the opponent is coming up in the gap because Klopp’s watching, he’s got a plan and he’s going to come back after Arsenal on the weekend and so they’ll must be up for that challenge.
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“It’ll be a really different Emirates that Liverpool experience in comparison with last time because we talked concerning the Anfield impact but that’s now returning for Arsenal. It’s a big day each time you end up now.”
Liverpool have beaten Arsenal 2-0 within the last two times they’ve travelled to the Emirates Stadium, with their victory within the Premier League coming courtesy of goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. Nonetheless, the mood is changing in north London, with Gunners supporters firmly believing that they’re title contenders which due to this fact could lead on to a feisty encounter.
Arteta’s side’s 3-1 victory over rivals Tottenham last Sunday meant that they continue to be at the highest of the table heading into this weekend – though Manchester City could claim that top spot on Saturday in the event that they are victorious over Southampton.
Speaking about his side’s victory over Bodo/Glimt, where he rotated his side heavily, Arteta said: “Really completely happy with the win, six points with a clean sheet and once we attacked the box once we got there. On the whole, I feel we lacked a reference to the players too many giveaways and we weren’t that consistent and dominant throughout the sport.”