Mikel Arteta previews Arsenal v Bodo/Glimt and makes Reiss Nelson claim | Football

Mikel Arteta spoke to the press ahead of Arsenal v Bodo-Glimt

Mikel Arteta spoke to the press ahead of Arsenal v Bodo Glimt (Image: YouTube)

Mikel Arteta has warned his Arsenal players must not underestimate Europa League opponents Bodo-Glimt and have hinted ‘special’ Reiss Nelson will start the game.

Premier League leaders Arsenal welcome Norwegian side Bodo-Glimt to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening for their second game in the competition.

The Gunners, who have won seven of their eight league games this season, began their Europa League campaign with a 2-1 win over Zurich.

Arsenal are expected to continue their impressive run against Bodo-Glimt, but Arteta insists it will be a ‘tough’ game, with Norway international Martin Odegaard informing his team-mates of their next opponents.

“We have done our homework,” Arteta said. – It is clear that we have made the players aware of the team that we face tomorrow, the history and what they have done in the last few years.

‘We have Martin in the squad who knows them very well and he has done his homework in the dressing room to understand that tomorrow will be a tough game.

‘There are a few really good players and it’s also a really good coach and they have a clear identity with how they play.

Reiss Nelson is still waiting to make his first appearance of the season

Reiss Nelson is still waiting to make his first appearance of the season (Image: Getty)

‘You can immediately see what they are trying to do and again I have been impressed with them.’

Arteta also suggested Nelson would make his first appearance of the season in Arsenal’s home game against Bodo-Glimt.

Academy graduate Nelson has made 48 appearances for the Gunners but has been out for over a year after spending most of last season on loan at Feyenoord.

“After the period he had last year on loan, we wanted him back to see if there are any changes and there is a prospect that we can really go to the next level,” Arteta said.

‘We think the potential is there and we think we’ve seen something in Reiss that is special. He has been part of our academy system and now he will get an opportunity.

– He has been out for almost three months with an injury, he is back now, he is fully fit and he is ready to play. He just needs minutes now.’

Nelson suffered an injury setback in August but returned to training towards the end of last month and was fit enough to feature on Arsenal’s bench for Saturday’s north London derby against Tottenham.

Arteta will change his squad for the visit of Bodo-Glimt as Arsenal eye a mouth-watering Premier League clash with Liverpool this weekend.

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On the need to rotate his players and make full use of his squad, Arteta said: ‘That’s what we have to try to do [keep our momentum going].

‘The best way to do that is how we prepare each and every day, stay focused on the task at hand and on everything we do well and stay humble.

‘There are many things that we still need to improve and keep the will every time to get better every single day and increase the competition between the members of the squad, because now everyone wants to play the game tomorrow.’

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